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Formulated for the removal of organic bottom solids that are slow to degrade, especially helpful in ponds that have a rock or gravel bottom or where vacuuming is impractical. As organic solids accumulate on the pond bottom, they begin to break down releasing toxic gasses. These gaseous by-products can endanger fish, marine life and plants. Microbe-Lift Sludge Away reduces and eliminates potential harmful gaseous compounds and helps clarify your pond water at the same time.

Be aware, when added it will temporarily darken the water. The color can take up to 1-2 weeks to dissipate but is harmless to plants, fish or other inhabitants and will not harm humans or animals. The color is due to the type of bacteria necessary to biodegrade the more difficult buildup of debris and sludge. The bacteria must first solubilize the sludge before it can be biodegraded.  It is the solubilization process which discolors the water. Depending upon the amount of buildup to be solubilized, the discoloration time will vary.

  • Organic and microbial based
  • Safe for fish, plants, pets and the environment
  • Provides "rapid and natural sludge and muck removal"
Microbe-Lift Sludge Away Rates
Pond Size
(gallons)
1st
Application
Maintenance
(once per week for 4 weeks)
80-2,500 2 oz per 100 gal. 1 oz per 100 gal.
2,501 - 5,000 1.75 oz per 100 gal 1 oz per 100 gal.
5,001 + 1.5 oz per 100 gal 1 oz per 100 gal.
Microbe-Lift Sludge Away

Microbe-Lift Sludge Away

  SKU Size
56296
1 quart
56297
1 gallon
20104
5 gallon

Professional strength, concentrated beneficial bacteria. Especially formulated for rock and gravel bottom ponds!

Accelerates the removal of organic bottom solids that are slow to degrade. As organic solids accumulate on the pond bottom, they begin to breakdown releasing toxic gasses. These gaseous by-products are a danger to fish and other pond inhabitants. Aqua Meds Sludge Remover helps remove toxic fish waste, left over food and deadly gases that build up under the rocks and in the gravel of your koi pond. A big cause of pond water and fish health problems

  • 100% NATURAL Pond Bacteria
  • Also works very well in ponds without gravel bottoms
  • Removes algae causing phosphorus
  • Reduces pond water odors and yellowing, improves water quality and clarity
  • Safe for pets, filters, plants and wildlife
Aqua Meds Sludge Remover Application Rate
For the 1st application of the season, mix 2 oz. of sludge remover per 1,000 gallons in a bucket with several gallons of pond water.
Disperse mixture into areas of the pond with adequate circulation.
Reapply 1 oz. per 1,000 gallons every two weeks.
Turn off U.V. sterilizer for 48 hours after application.
Maintain sufficient aeration during treatment.
Discontinue use when water temperature drops below 50F
Aqua Meds Sludge Remover

Aqua Meds Sludge Remover

  SKU Size Treats (up to)
78049
1 lb
16,000 gal (2,000 gal for 4 months)
78051
2 lbs
32,000 gal (3,000 gal for 5 months)
78041
24 lbs
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Stream and Pond Clean maintains a strong biological balance, providing clean, clear and healthy water conditions.Stream and Pond Clean contains pure strains of concentrated beneficial bacteria and enzymes. Ideal for breaking down debris in ponds, streams and waterfalls, this combination of natural cleaners helps to maintain a strong biological balance in your pond. Because ornamental water gardens are enclosed ecosystems, sometimes factors like fish load, uneaten fish food, organics such as leaves, sludge, unwanted debris or after-use of an algaecide or algae treatments may disrupt the pond's balance.

Aquascape Stream & Pond Clean S.A.B. Dosage
Mix product in a clean bucket used only for your pond. S.A.B. should be activated in the bucket with warm water(about 80F) and poured around the perimeter of the pond or stream. When mixed, the product should be added to the pond quickly to provide the best results.Pond water may become temporarily clouded depending on the pH of the pond.
One scoop treats up to 100 gallons of water.
When adding to the pond for the first time, or if water quality is poor, use a double dose weekly for the first 2 weeks. Continue adding 1 scoop per 100 gallons of pond water every 2 weeks throughout the season as a maintenance dosage and to maintain optimum water quality.
Do not add directly to the pond in granular form
Aquascape Stream and Pond Clean S.A.B.

Aquascape Stream and Pond Clean S.A.B.

  SKU Size Treats (up to)
98898
4.4 oz
1,200 gallons
98899
8.8 oz
2,400 gallons
98900
1.1 lbs
4,920 gallons
98896
7 lbs
31,240 gallons
30409
9 lbs
45,000 gallons

Aquascape Sludge Cleaner contains 5 pure strains of concentrated heterotrophic beneficial bacteria. This combination of natural cleaners helps to maintain a strong biological balance in your pond while quickly cleaning between rocks, gravel and keeping filter pads from becoming quickly clogged. Because ornamental water gardens are enclosed ecosystems, sometimes factors like fish load, uneaten fish food, organics such as leaves, sludge and unwanted debris may disrupt the balance. Aquascape Sludge Cleaner maintains a strong biological balance; providing clean, clear and healthy water conditions.

Aquascape Sludge & Filter Cleaner Dosage
Add to the area of the pond with the most circulation or directly into the skimmer opening. Water temperature should be at least 60F
One pump treats up to 100 gallons of water.
For dirty ponds or at the beginning of the season, Treat 2 times per week for the first 2 weeks
After initial treatment, use a maintenance dose of 1 pump per 100 gallons weekly for the remainder of the season.
Aquascape Sludge & Filter Cleaner

Aquascape Sludge & Filter Cleaner

  SKU Size Treats (up to)
98889
8 oz
5,000 gallons
98890
16 oz
10,000 gallons
98891
32 oz
20,000 gallons
30408
1 gallon
96,000 gallons
98883
1 gallon
80,000 gallons

Specially selected bacterial strains in API Pond-Zyme Sludge Destroyer immediately begin breaking down fish waste and dead algae that cause cloudy water, sludge build-up, and debris that clogs pumps and filters. Through enzymatic action, Pond-Zyme Sludge Destroyer reduces pond maintenance and keeps pond water clean and clear. Pond-Zyme Sludge Destroyer is a 100% natural product, & safe for all pond fish, plants, and wildlife

API Pond Pond-Zyme Application Rates
Sprinkle the desired dose evenly around the perimeter of the pond
Initial Dose Add one scoop per 100 gallons twice per week for 2 weeks
Maintenance Dose Add one scoop per 200 gallons, every 2 weeks
End of Season Dose Add one scoop per 100 gallons twice per week for 2 week
API Pond Pond-Zyme Sludge Destroyer

API Pond Pond-Zyme Sludge Destroyer

  SKU Size Treats (up to)
08146
8 oz
8,000 gallons
04146
16 oz
16,000 gallons

Easy to throw ounce sludge eliminating tablets rapidly dissolve muck comprised of decomposing vegetation and fish waste. Plant and fish safe, perfect for wading and swimming areas. When regularly applied as directed to the shoreline, tablets can remove up to 5 inches of sludge per year.

Application Rates
Shoreline (area in sq.ft.)Every two weeksMonths of Treatment
1000 sq.ft.16 tablets6
2000 sq.ft.32 tablets3
3000 sq.ft.48 tablets2
4000 sq.ft.64 tablets1-1/2
Atlantic Typhoon Sludge Remover Tablets

Atlantic Typhoon Sludge Remover Tablets

  SKU Size Weight Dosage Treats
TPWSR06
(192) - ½oz. Tablets
6 lbs
16 tablets per 1000 sq. ft.
1,000 sq. ft. for 6 months
TPWSR24
(768) - ½oz. Tablets
24 lbs
64 tablets per 4000 sq. ft.
4,000 sq. ft. for 6 months

Sludge Reducer blocks contain billions of beneficial bacteria and enzymes that quickly break down the unsightly wastes that accumulate on the bottom of ponds as a sludge layer.

Sludge Reducer blocks are also ideal when setting up a new pond and during the spring start-up and fall shutdown of established ponds. The blend of bacteria and enzymes is beneficial for developing and maintaining the pond's biological balance resulting in a cleaner and clearer pond.

Tetra Pond Sludge Reducer Block Application Rates
Starting and Maintaining Ponds Use 1 block for every 250 gallons of water once per month
Cleaning Dirty Ponds Use 1 block for every 250 gallons of water once per week for one month. Use once per month following initial treatment for maintenance
Tetra Pond Sludge Reducer Block

Tetra Pond Sludge Reducer Block

  SKU Size Treats (up to)
16736
4 blocks
1,000 gallons

ReClaim tablets quickly go to work removing the build-up of dead algae, decomposing leaves, and fish waste that accumulate as sludge on the bottom of ponds and streams. Used regularly, ReClaim tablets will reduce the frequency of pond cleanouts and overall pond maintenance.

  • Tablets remove organic sludge from the bottom of ponds and streams
  • Especially useful in gravel bottom ponds
  • Apply tablets bi-weekly for best results
Application Rate: Apply 2 tablets for every 100 sq ft every 2 weeks. For ponds with heavy sludge buildup apply ReClaim at the prescribed rate once a week until desired results are achieved. 

For Best Results:  Apply ReClaim tablets at the prescribed rate directly to sludge buildup. Use supplemental aeration to enhance biological activity. Optimal Water Condition: pH: 6.5-8.5, Temperature: 50F or above.
Atlantic ReClaim Natural Sludge Remover Tablets

Atlantic ReClaim Natural Sludge Remover Tablets

  SKU Size Treats (up to)
WTRC24
24 - ½ oz tablets
1,200 square feet
WTRC48
48 - ½ oz tablets
2,400 square feet
WTRC72
72 - ½ oz tablets
3,600 square feet
Use to naturally reduce organic sludge and debris

Aquascape Clean for Ponds makes it easy to quickly optimize the quality and clarity of pond water while drastically reducing filter maintenance, keeping ponds clean, clear, and beautiful. Clean for Ponds uses a powerful blend of heterotrophic bacteria to naturally digest organic waste or sludge caused by uneaten fish food, fish waste, and decomposing leaves and debris. The high concentration of bacteria will work to clean between rocks and gravel while keeping pond filters clean, including filter mats and biological filter media. 
  • Quickly optimizes the quality and clarity of pond water while reducing filter maintenance
  • Powerful blend of heterotrophic bacteria naturally digests organic waste or sludge
  • Cleans between rocks and gravel
  • Easy-to-use pump top bottle treats 100 gallons per pump
  • Safe for fish and plants

Treat once weekly for maintenance. During spring start-up or for dirty ponds, treat twice weekly for two weeks.

Aquascape Water Treatment Chart
Bottle Size1 Pump Treats1 Bottle Treats
8 oz.100 Gal.5,000 Gal.
16 oz.100 Gal.10,000 Gal.
32 oz.100 Gal.20,000 Gal.
1 Gal.600 Gal.80,000 Gal.
Aquascape Clean for Ponds

Aquascape Clean for Ponds

  SKU Size Treats (up to)
96061
8 oz.
5,000 gal
96062
16 oz.
10,000 gal
96063
32 oz.
20,000 gal
96064
1 Gal.
80,000 gal

The Block by pond boss PRO is a blend of live bacteria and enzymes specifically designed to improve water quality by reducing unwanted nutrients. Decaying nutrients such as leaves, grass clipping, dead plants, excess food and other organic material build at the bottom of the pond in what is commonly called the "sludge" layer of the pond. The sludge layer is most often responsible for undesirable odors and low oxygen levels. Regular use of pond boss PRO The Block will degrade unwanted organic debris accumulation and improve the overall health of the pond while clearing the water column of unwanted organic material.

Pond Boss The Block Bio-Maintenance

Pond Boss The Block Bio-Maintenance

  SKU Treats (up to)
54390
1 acre-foot of water (320,000 gallons)
54290
5 acre-feet of water (1.6 million gallons)
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