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Orb-3 Elemental Basics

SKU: M390-000-1G

Brand: Orb-3

Type: Orb-3 Lake & Pond

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Formulated for larger lakes & ponds, this product keeps pond water at its best by pairing our Lake & Pond Enzyme with organic carbon.
Use for:
  • Water Quality
  • Sludge & Muck
  • Odor

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Orb-3 Elemental Basics improves on a tried & true approach to simplifying natural water maintenance for ponds and lakes. Orb-3 Elemental Basics works by adding back a limited element that builds aquatic cellular structures and drives their metabolism. It keeps the natural biota prepped and the indigenous bacteria ready to filtrate and degrade the next influx of contaminate or excess nutrient. Once rebalanced, the biota is stimulated to digest more efficiently by the Orb-3 active enzyme component.

Orb-3 Elemental Basics naturally and efficiently brings pond water to the next level and keeps it at its best.

Gallon Jug

  • Volume: 128 oz
  • Ship Weight: 9.1 lb
  • Treats: 2 acre-feet of pond water

2.5-Gallon Jug

  • Volume: 2.5 Gallons
  • Ship Weight: 23 lb
  • Treats: 5 acre-feet of pond water

5-Gallon Pail

  • Volume: 5 Gallons
  • Ship Weight: 46 lb
  • Treats: 10 acre-feet of pond water

15-Gallon Drum

  • Volume: 15 Gallons
  • Ship Weight: 137 lb
  • Treats: 30 acre-feet of pond water

55-Gallon Drum

  • Volume: 55 Gallons
  • Ship Weight: 494 lb
  • Treats: 110-acre feet of pond water
Usage Rate
  • Initial: 1 gal per acre-foot
  • Bi-Weekly: 1/2 gal per acre-foot

Dilute recommended dosage 1:10 with pond water. Disperse product evenly over pond surface using a hand-held or mechanical sprayer.

For Best Results
  • Apply when ambient temperature is 50°–90° F; dissolved oxygen level is over 1.0ppm; pH is 6 – 8; alkalinity is less than 100ppm
  • Treat consistently using an automatic feed system
  • Proper aeration and more dilution upon application will enhance product performance

Dark brown liquid

Active Ingredients

Orb-3® Lake & Pond Elemental Basics is a proprietary composition “not considered hazardous” under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard CFR Title 29 1910.1200

Shelf Life

Store this product out of direct sunlight in a cool dry area. For best results, use within 12 months.

pH As Shipped

3.8 – 4.2 @ 77° F (25° C)

HMIS Hazard Rating


  • TSCA Inventory Status: This product and/or all of its components are either included on or exempt from the TSCA Inventory of Chemical Substances.
  • DSL (Canada): This product and/or all of its components are either included on or exempt from the Domestic Substances List.
  • Enzyme & organic carbon fortifies pond water to keep it healthy
  • Speeds biological activity & waste breakdown
  • Revives ponds that lack enough organic carbon to support abundant bacterial life
  • Improves effectiveness of chemical treatments
  • Supports vitality of microbes
  • Safe for people, pets and plants
  • Naturally balances water to simplify maintenance
Orb-3 Elemental Basics M390-000

Why are trace minerals important to my lake or pond?
They improve the overall health & vitality of the beneficial bacteria that consume excess nutrients and clean the pond water. Read more in our blog: Why are trace minerals important to my lake or pond?

Where can I learn more about good pond management practices?
We recommend "The Efficient Pond Management Handbook" by Ryan McCaw.

This handbook is designed to give the average pond owner the knowledge and skills needed to manage the pond.

We like this book because it stresses a natural approach to pond management and a philosophy of solving the underlying problem rather than chasing symptoms.

Check with your local book seller or visit (

How long will it take the enzymes to work in a pond?
There is no clear cut answer to this question because there are so many variables involved.

However, we can offer some guidelines based on our experience.

Changes will happen faster in warmer water, with sufficient aeration & mixing.

For minor problems with relatively new ponds you should start seeing changes in a few weeks to a month.

Older ponds that have taken many years to develop problems will take longer to fix. It is not uncommon to require a season or more of treatments with a natural product before you start to see results.

The key is getting the nutrient loading out of the water. This usually involves addressing the sludge layer at the bottom of the pond and cleaning the water column itself with enzymes.

Plenty of dissolved oxygen (good aeration) is a requirement for all natural products to work as safely & effectively as possible.

How important is air/aeration/oxygen to maintaining a healthy, natural pond?
Good aeration is probably the single most important factor in water quality and the overall health of your pond. Read more in our blog: How important is aeration to maintaining a healthy, natural pond?

How do I figure out how many gallons of water my pond holds?
See our blog post: How do I figure out how much water is in my pool or pond?

How do I convert between gallons and acre-feet? What is an acre-foot?
See our blog post: How do I figure out how much water is in my pool or pond?