Sludge and Muck Reducers Sludge and Muck Reducers 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.
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Sludge and Muck Reducers

Sludge and Muck Reducers

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.

Liquid Sludge Removers

Formulated to break down organic solids and pond sludge. As these organic solids break down, toxic gasses are released. These gaseous by-products can endanger fish, marine life and plants. Liquid sludge removers immediately helps eliminate potential harmful gaseous compounds while clarifying your pond water at the same time.

Dry and Pellet Sludge Removers

Specially selected bacterial strains immediately begin breaking down sludge build-up. A 100%-natural product, safe for all pond fish, plants and wildlife. Pellets sink directly to the pond bottom and are the perfect choice for shorelines and natural ponds with overflows.

All Sludge Removers

Use sludge removers to accelerate the solubilization and biological digestion of organic solids in your pond. Reduces and eliminates potential harmful gaseous compounds and helps clarify your pond water at the same time. Helpful in ponds that have a rock or gravel bottom or where vacuuming is impractical. Available in liquid, dry and pellet formulas.

Most Popular Sludge and Muck Reducers

Microbe-Lift Sludge Away

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.

  • 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

    Item Size
    1 quart
    1 gallon
    5 gallon
    Aqua Meds Sludge Remover

    Aqua Meds Sludge & Muck Remover

    Especially formulated for rock and gravel bottom ponds!

    Professional Strength, Concentrated Beneficial Bacteria

    • Removes 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 NO HARSH CHEMICALS
    • 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

    Item Size Treats
    1 lb
    16,000 gallons
    2 lbs
    32,000 gallons
    Aquascape Sludge Cleaner Bubble Tabs

    Aquascape Sludge Cleaner Bubble Tabs contain over 500 million concentrated heterotrophic bacteria, including fast-acting enzymes and humic acid that can often help soften pond water. This combination of natural cleaners helps to keep pond bottoms and filters clean and clear resulting in less pond maintenance. 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 Bubble Tabs maintain a strong biological balance; providing clean, clear and healthy water conditions. Can help soften pond water, promote plant growth and prevent unsightly water conditions.

    Aquascape Sludge Cleaner Bubble Tabs Dosage
    Add to the area of the pond with the most circulation or directly into problem areas.
    1 tablet treats up to 100 gallons
    For new ponds, treat 2 times per week for the first 2 weeks. For mature ponds, treat weekly.
    Water temperature must be at least 60AF

    Aquascape Sludge Cleaner Bubble Tabs

    Item Size Treats (up to)
    36 tablets
    3,600 gallons
    72 tablets
    7200 gallons
    API Pond Pond-Zyme Plus with Barley

    Enzymatic Pond Cleaner

    Specially selected bacterial strains in Pond Zyme Plus 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 Plus reduces pond maintenance and keeps pond water clean and clear. Pond Zyme Plus is a 100%-natural product, safe for all pond fish, plants and wildlife.

    API Pond Pond-Zyme Plus with Barley 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 Plus with Barley

    Item Size Treats (up to)
    8 oz
    8,000 gallons
    16 oz
    16,000 gallons
    Atlantic Biocuda Clarity-Blast +

    Ultimate Pond Cleaner

    Clarity-Blast Plus multi-purpose cleaning action cleans ponds with barley, bacteria, enzymes and a powerful secret ingredient. These substances clean, polish and break down attached organic debris that create problems for pond hobbyists on and around waterfalls, streams, plant pots and filtration systems. Clarity-Blast Plus contains Activated Barley. It is the only product that utilizes this patented process to combine bacteria cultures on barley. In tandem these ingredients help to remove and control pond hobbyist's worst pond problem for the long term

    Atlantic Biocuda Clarity-Blast Application Rates
    Pond Size (gallons)Dose
    1,000 gallons2 oz.
    2,000 gallons4 oz.
    3,000 gallons6 oz.
    4,000 gallons8 oz.
    Apply Clarity-Blast+ once per week directly to the pond or filtration system.
    Persistent Problem Application Rate Apply Clarity-Blast+ up to every 3 days at the prescribed rate per gallon until the problem is corrected, then return to normal weekly application rate
    For Best Results Pond water pH should be maintained between 7.0 & 8.5. Water temperature should be at least 50F and dissolved oxygen levels should be above 3ppm.
    Notice Pond may become cloudy after application. Cloudiness should clear within 24-48 hours after application

    Atlantic Biocuda Clarity-Blast +

    Item Size Treats (up to)
    3/4 lb
    6,000 gallons
    2.5 lbs
    20,000 gallons
    7 lbs
    56,000 gallons
    Tetra Sludge Reducer

    Full season water clarifier program. Great to use in spring before water is shaded by aquatic plant cover. Contains high concentration of natural, beneficial bacteria and enzymes that consume the organic matter and nutrients, in pond water. Safe for fish and aquatic plants. Use in the spring and summer.

    Tetra Sludge Reducer Application Rates
    Pond Startup 2 teaspoons treat 180 gallons 2 tablespoons treat 540 gallons 1/2 cup treats 2160 gallons
    Treat every week for 4 weeks
    Regular Maintenance 1 teaspoon treats 180 gallons 1 tablespoon treats 540 gallons 1/4 cup treats 2160 gallons
    Treat every 2 weeks
    End of Season Shutdown 1 teaspoon per 100 gallons. Treat once per week for 4 weeks
    For Best Results:
    Remove as much debris as possible from the pond bottom with a fine mesh net or pond vacuum.
    Works best in a pH range of 6.0-8.5 with 7.0 being ideal
    Provide continuous aeration to the pond with a fountain, waterfall or air pump.

    Tetra Sludge Reducer

    Item Size Treats (up to)
    16 oz
    16,000 gallons
    40 oz
    33,000 gallons
    Tetra Pond Sludge Reducer Block

    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

    Item Size Treats (up to)
    4 blocks
    1,000 gallons
    Aquascape Sludge & Filter Cleaner

    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

    Item Size Treats (up to)
    8 oz
    5,000 gallons
    16 oz
    10,000 gallons
    32 oz
    20,000 gallons
    1 gallon
    96,000 gallons
    1 gallon
    80,000 gallons
    Aquascape Stream and Pond Clean S.A.B.

    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.

    Item Size Treats (up to)
    4.4 oz
    1,200 gallons
    8.8 oz
    2,400 gallons
    1.1 lbs
    4,920 gallons
    7 lbs
    31,240 gallons
    9 lbs
    45,000 gallons
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