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Orb-3 Pond Startup Kit - Medium

SKU: C120-M001-1E
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$62.99
Kick start the biological activity in your water garden this spring, with a start-up pack featuring our most popular pond products!

  • Beneficial Bacteria, consumes wastes in the water column, improving clarity & starving algae.
  • Sludge Pellets, degrades the sludge layer at the bottom of the pond that feeds algae.
  • Trace Minerals, supports the growth & vitality of beneficial bacteria.
  • Enzyme, breaks down wastes in the water & sludge layer, making them easier for the bacteria to consume.

Don't wait for your pond to get out of control, start it out right!  Wastes have been accumulating during the cold months.  Give the biologicals a head start by treating early.  Biological activity will increase as the temperatures warm up but you can start the process as soon as the ice disappears.

All four products will work best with sufficient aeration.  For best results with these or any natural pond products, be sure to provide your pond with plenty of oxygen.

Choose from several different bundles:

  • Medium Box 1: (3) Dry Bacteria + (3) Sludge Pellets + (2) Trace Minerals + (1) Quart of Water Garden Enzyme
  • Large Box 1: (3) Dry Bacteria + (3) Sludge Pellets + (2) Trace Minerals + (1) Gallon of Water Garden Enzyme

More information on all three products:

Orb-3 Dry Bacteria (U126-000): Each 1-pound bag treats up to 16,000 gallons of pond water. 

Natural ponds rely on a healthy population of beneficial bacteria to consume nutrients that would otherwise support algae, aquatic weeds and other unwanted items.

Easy to apply Orb-3 Lake & Pond Dry Bacteria leaves water fresh, clear and sparkling, while boosting the beneficial bacteria population in your lake or pond. The custom blend of beneficial bacteria in Orb-3 Lake & Pond Dry Bacteria is formulated specifically for lakes & ponds to reduce the occurrence of cloudy water while also reducing sludge-generating organics.

By accelerating the natural digestion of organics, Orb-3 Lake & Pond Dry Bacteria reduces excess nutrients that feed algae and create muck buildup while maintaining water clarity and beauty.

Considerations for selecting bacteria

Carrier
All bacteria are sold on some type of carrier.  Common choices include salt, corn cobs, saw dust, wheat hulls, and similar products.  If you are adding something into your pond, why not choose something that will enhance the efficacy of not only the bacteria but the pond in general?  The special carrier used with Orb-3 Lake & Pond Dry Bacteria contains food stock & minerals that support the new bacteria as it colonizes in your water.  The faster the bacteria can get established & start growing, the faster you will see results.

Count
How much bacteria are you really getting for your dollar?  Since there is really no standard method for plating high count bacteria, many vendors do not even attempt to disclose how much bacteria you are actually buying; others may be using different methods which can make comparison difficult.  Orb-3 Lake & Pond Dry Bacteria is highly concentrated - it contains 1 billion colony forming units (CFU) per gram of product (CFU/g).

Species
Were the species chosen due to their cost or due to their efficacy in the pond environment?  Orb-3 Lake & Pond Dry Bacteria contains numerous specialized strains chosen to give your pond the biggest boost possible, including:
  • Bacillus subtilis, a fast-growing strain with excellent sludge reduction capabilities.
  • Bacillus pumilus for its ‘probiotic’ effects, including its ability to inhibit the growth of marine pathogens.
  • Bacillus licheniformis, known for its affinity to consume fats, oils, and greases – key components of cloudy water, scum, & bio films.
One key goal with all species is to support the production of enzymes, which break down the contaminants in the pond; another is competitive exclusion, whereby beneficial bacteria out-compete pathogenic strains as well as those strains that are less efficient at removing the excess nutrients in the pond.

Every aspect of Orb-3 Lake & Pond Bacteria was carefully chosen to provide you with the best technology available to help you create & maintain a beautiful, stunning body of water.

Dosing
Start with an initial dose of 2 tbsp. per 500 gallons of water; thereafter apply 1 tbsp. per 500 gallons.

Usage
Dilute each dose with a minimum of 1-gallon of pond water. Disperse product evenly over pond surface using a manual sprayer or trash/diaphragm pump.

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. More dilution upon application will enhance product performance.

Proper aeration is extremely important to maximize product performance.

Never commingle with bactericides or quaternary disinfectants as they will degrade/inactivate bacteria.

For best results, use within 12 months of purchase. Made in USA.

Due to shipping restrictions on bacteria this product ships to USA only.

Orb-3 Sludge Pellets (H749-000): Each pounds treats up to 333 square feet of pond bottom.

Orb-3 Sludge Pellets drive the active ingredients to the pond bottom so the muck-eating bacteria, enzymes, and trace minerals can go straight to work. The convenient Orb-3 Sludge Pellets make beach clean-up and natural sludge-bed maintenance easy, without mechanical dredging.

See a change in as little as a week! Orb-3 Sludge Pellets feature a potent combination of enzymes, specifically chosen strains of sludge-eating bacteria, and essential trace minerals to support microbial growth and vitality. The net result? Visible change in as little as 7-10 days.

Easy to dose and apply, Orb-3 Sludge Pellets provide continuous sludge management.
  • Ideal for both ponds and water gardens
  • Eats away at organic sludge buildup on pond or beach bottoms
  • Visible results in as little as 7-10 days
  • Achieves quick results in targeted areas without dredging
  • Cost effective dredging alternative
  • Biodegradable pellet
  • Naturally eliminates odor-causing muck on beaches
  • Reduces sludge bed without the use of heavy equipment
  • No gypsum fillers

When used as directed, this product is safe for people, fish and other wildlife.

Dosing

For small areas or water gardens, initially apply 1 pound per 300 square feet.

For larger ponds, apply 3-pounds per 1,000 square feet or 125 pounds per surface acre 5 times per season or as needed.

Usage
Broadcast pellets uniformly over area to be treated. Use weekly in water gardens; and monthly or seasonally depending on sludge depth and age in ponds.

For Best Results
Increase application frequency for faster 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. Proper aeration will enhance product performance. Never commingle with bactericides or quaternary disinfectants as they will degrade/inactivate bacteria.

For maximum results, use within 6 months of purchase. Made in USA.

Orb-3 TMOC (W331-000): 1-Pound Treats up to 0.5 acre-foot of pond water.

Our support people are routinely asked: "If you could only add one product to your pond, what would it be?"

And they reply "TMOC" (Trace Mineral Organic Catalyst).

Why? You're likely missing key nutrients in your lake or pond. These key nutrients provide support for the microbes that you are relying upon to remove wastes from the water & create a dazzling display.

Orb-3 TMOC uses Mother Nature's oldest elements to bring your pond back from the dark ages.
  • Ideal for both ponds and water gardens
  • Supplements missing trace minerals for enhanced microbial activity
  • Reduces phosphates without affecting pH
  • Improves overall fish and plant health
  • Improves water clarity
  • Safe water support product
  • Stimulates biological activity
Orb-3 TMOC (Trace Mineral Organic Catalyst) naturally fills in what is missing in a water body and fortifies water of any scale. Organisms in water are lacking the micro-nutrients that are essential for productive microbial growth. This invaluable blend is derived from nature and is now available in one convenient product that will energize an otherwise average water body.

Orb-3 TMOC performs a basic revitalization without any detrimental drop in pH leaving water polished. By integrating Orb-3 Lake & Pond TMOC into your water treatment program, you can achieve brilliant results.

Enhance your water quality while fortifying and strengthening the nutrient balance - with one easy to use product!

Dosing

Varies slightly depending upon your application.
  • As a Trace Mineral: 4 tbsp. per 500 gal weekly or 2 lbs. per acre foot.
  • Sludge Reduction: 150 lbs. per surface acre.
  • Water Clarity: 30 lbs. per acre foot.
  • Alkaline Buffer: For each 0.6ppm of desired increase, dose 3 lbs. per acre foot.
  • Phosphorus Reduction: For each 0.3ppm of desired reduction, dose 3 lbs. per acre foot.
  • Ammonia Reduction: For each 0.1ppm of desired reduction, dose 4 lbs. per acre foot.

Usage
Dilute recommended dose with 1 gallon of pond water to make a slurry. Keep agitated while dispersing product evenly over pond surface.

For water gardens, manually apply or use a sprayer.

For larger ponds, use a trash/diaphragm pump or slowly dispense dry product into prop wash of boat motor or at rear gunnel of boat while moving.

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. Proper aeration and more dilution upon application will enhance product performance.

For maximum results, use within 12 months of purchase. Made in USA.

Orb-3 Water Garden Enzymes (Q749-G4M): 1-Quart Bottle Treats up to 8,000 gallons of pond water.
  • Accelerates waste breakdown to improve clarity
  • Continuous cleaning action corrects water quality
  • Improves effectiveness of chemical treatments
  • Clears cloudy water
  • Starves algae
  • Prevents muck build-up
  • Safe for fish and aquatic plants

Orb-3 Water Garden Enzymes is designed to work on the small scale of water gardens and backyard ponds, including Koi ponds. This delicate ecosystem of ornamental fish and aquatic plants requires the removal of excess organics and solids.

Orb-3 Water Garden Enzymes restores water quality and improves a pond's natural filtration efficiency. It strengthens a pond's ability to stay healthy season after season.

With regular use of Orb-3 Water Garden Enzymes you can enhance pond water clarity, minimize sludge accumulation and enjoy your beautiful water garden.

More information
Most pond owners recognize how important it is to have a thriving population of beneficial bacteria in the water.  The beneficial bacteria continuously clean the water by consuming ammonia and other contaminants, leaving behind clear & inviting water.

What many people don't know is that they can boost the microbial performance dramatically by supplementing with enzymes.

Enzymes are quite different than bacteria.  While bacteria are alive, enzymes are not - they are complex proteins that accelerate reactions that occur in nature.  Bacteria exude enzymes during the process of consuming the wastes in your pond.

Orb-3 Enzymes are a cost-effective means of accelerating the waste reduction process in your pond & helping the bacteria that are already in your pond to do their job more efficiently.

Dosing
Initial dose is 4 ounces per 500-gallons of water; thereafter apply 2 ounces per 500-gallons of water every week. Do not over apply. For larger bodies of water use Orb-3 Lake & Pond Enzymes (SKU: Q749-000).

Usage
Dilute recommended dosage with a minimum of 1-gallon of pond water. Disperse product evenly over pond surface by pouring out of a bucket or preferably using a hand-held or mechanical sprayer.

For Best Results
Apply when ambient temperature is 50°–90° F; pH is 6 – 8; alkalinity <100ppm. Treat consistently using an automatic feed system such as a peristaltic pump if possible. More dilution upon application & consistent long-term use will enhance performance.

This product will stimulate the natural beneficial bacteria. Proper aeration is extremely important to maximize its performance & ensure safety of fish. Maintain aeration & monitor dissolved oxygen levels immediately after treatment to ensure that it remains above 3ppm. Safe for people, fish, & wildlife when used as directed.

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