When unwanted algae blooms or waterweed growth occur, causing problems, it can be annoying, or it can be an expensive problem. For example, farm dams, water reservoirs, rivers, streams, aquaculture dams, irrigation channels, garden and council ponds, raw water supplies, wastewater treatment and effluent storages can be affected. An unwanted bloom or weeds may just be ugly or it can be the cause of a fish kill, bad odours and clogged waterways or filters.
We recommend that you manage your water ponds/ dams/ lakes or other open water spaces in a natural way. With Diatomix you can naturally create conditions in the water that promote the ecosystem to become healthy and problem-free. We have found it is easier and cheaper to prevent and maintain good quality water, free from Salvinia, Hyacinth, Azolla, filamentous algae and toxic blue-green algae than it is to fix the problem.
Diatomix is a liquid feed that enhances the growth of the ‘good algae’ – these are called diatoms. This diatom food contains Silica as well as Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Boron, Potassium, Molybdenum, Calcium and Cobalt. These are the micro-nutrients required by diatoms that are not always present in water in adequate quantities.
Diatoms are interesting because they require silica to grow and they make up a large part of the first plants in the Earth’s food chain. The very unique and exciting technology that makes Diatomix such a great tool is that it contains nano-sized gels of silica, packed full of micro-nutrients to help diatoms grow. When diatoms take up the silica gels so they can grow, they find a surprise bonus of all the micro-nutrients they need. Because problematic algae didn’t get a micro-nutrient boost, they can’t grow as quickly. This is one of the ways that the diatoms out-compete other algae and weeds and hence dominate and improve the water’s condition and appearance.
The reason we want to encourage diatoms to dominate is that they are the basis of the main food chain in water. Diatoms get eaten by zooplankton; the microscopic animals living in the water, and the zooplankton will get eaten by other larger organisms in your water.
General recommended dosage rate: 5ml – 3 times per week for ponds up to 100,000 litres. For larger bodies of water or ponds, dams or lakes with water quality issues, please contact us to discuss the issues and water parameters so that we can advise a suitable dosing schedule.
We recommend adding Diatomite Fines to your pond/lake first to provide a food source for the Diamotix.
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