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Old 02-25-2011, 09:34 PM
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Adding bacteria.

The topic of Spring clean-outs was batted around on a separate thread. It brought this question to mind.

Do you distinguished Northern gentlemen add bacteria to the pond after clean-outs? If so, do you use liquid or dried? Is there a special reason you use that particular form? And yes, this is a loaded question.
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Liquid on initial start ups and cleanouts. Since I don't use a powerwasher or do a steril cleaning it's not really necessary (to a point) in my opinion, but I still add some bacteria to jump start the bacteria growth. What's your theory?
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Old 02-26-2011, 05:22 PM
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Liquid on initial start ups and cleanouts. Since I don't use a powerwasher or do a steril cleaning it's not really necessary (to a point) in my opinion, but I still add some bacteria to jump start the bacteria growth. What's your theory?
You use liquid, right, Keith? Why do you use liquid instead of dried?

Would like to hear from more of you guys. I know somebody is reading this thread. Post an answer.
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Ok I'll bite....

We use liquid because we got tired of having to sit and watch the dry guys belly up to the wet bar
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:39 PM
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Ok I'll bite....

We use liquid because we got tired of having to sit and watch the dry guys belly up to the wet bar
Not a trick question. No punch line. It is a legitimate question. I am curious to see how many contractors know the difference between the two forms besides the obvious physical difference.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:30 AM
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I imagine everyone who has been around a couple of years used the Dry form because that was the only one available.

It wasn't until later I found out there was only a couple of Manufacturers who made all the brands...oh, the private label game.

In some of my reading, the count is lower in the dry form.

As far as my experience, used dry then liquid, of which I will stay with. I have experimented with two different brands. Aqua-One and Great Lakes Biosystems.

My results show hands down GLB works the best for me, using bacteria with enzymes.

Tad have you used enzymes?
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:49 AM
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OK, the score at this point is:

Liquid - 2 Dry - 0

Let's hear from others.

I am going to remain mute until more responses are posted.
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I use liquid because it is suggested to be faster acting for bacteria to be active so to speak.

My problem is how do you really know either liquid or dry bacteria is working without a lab test?
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Like I mentioned earlier, not much pond experience, but a basic understanding of biology.

To me it would make sense that the liquid works better because... wouldn't the dry need bacteria that are in spore form (IE more dormant so to speak)?
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Well I guess ill add my two cents.. Actually they are two different types of bacteria. The liquid formula actually treats for amnonia. The dry formula treats for organics such as leaves, poop, pine needles etc. Is this what you were trying to get people to think bout tad?lol..
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