Make the right choice and only purchase high quality beneficial pond bacteria for “balancing your pond”. Not all pond bacteria products are created equally! We have several different pond bacteria products that are DESIGNED FOR PONDS and their specific needs.

The secret to Balancing Your Pond lies in the proper usage of beneficial bacteria pond treatments. Beneficial bacteria microorganisms do occur naturally in our water gardens, fish ponds and hybrid koi ponds but still need additional treatment each week to sustain pristine water quality. The beneficial pond bacteria are responsible for maintaining crystal clear healthy water; break down organic waste – in the form of sludge, and breaks down ammonia – from fish waste. There are several commercial pond treatment brands of beneficial pond bacteria available on the market today to help you balance your pond, so let me explain how to treat you pond with beneficial bacteria: When, Where, Why and How, not necessarily in that order.

             We will be repeatedly using the terminology BENEFICIAL POND BACTERIA because it is important for us to get it across to everyone that the bacterium we use is BENEFICIAL and more importantly to let you know that there is some bacteria that is manufactured & designed for septic tanks. This bacteria treatment product is NOT for your pond! The bacterium that you can find at the local hardware store for dirt-cheap prices, is packaged for treating septic tank and is not always pathogen free. In turn, it is NOT how you want to try and balance your pond!

Wouldn’t it be awful to be adding a bacterium to your pond that contained e. coli? Many people ask us, “What pond chemical or what fish pond chemical should I use to clean up my pond?” We only suggest using pond water treatments that have been DESIGNED FOR PONDS with specific, organic enzymes and beneficial bacteria to help you maintain crystal clear water in your pond.

Keeps Ponds Clean & Clear!

Specially Formulated for Decorative Fish Ponds, Lagoons & Smaller Water Features

  • Creates a cleaner environment for your pond, promoting faster fish growth
  • Reduces ammonia nitrogen levels
  • Dissolves away organic sludge
  • Seeds and maintains biological filters
  • Significantly reduces noxious odors caused by dead algae, fish fecal matter, and urine
  • Reduces hydrogen sulfide, which creates strong, offensive odors
  • Reduces biological oxygen demand (B.O.D.)
  • Reduces buildup of bird droppings, fish feed and dead leaves
  • Breaks down dead algae
  • Improves dissolved oxygen levels
  • Contains photosynthetic bacteria which reduces cloudy water by promoting flocculation and settling of organic and inorganic particles
  • Effective over a wide range of pH conditions

Continued biological activity even in water temperatures under 55°F. (12°C.)

Available Sizes

  • 16 oz. (10PLP) Treats 80 gal. pond for 11 months or 200 gal. pond for 8 months.
  • 32 oz. (10PLQ) Treats 500 gal. pond for 11 months or 1,000 gal. pond for 8 months.
  • Gallon (10PLG4) Treats 5,000 gal. pond for 21 months.
  • Gallon (10PLG6) Treats 5,000 gal. pond for 21 months.
  • 5 Gallon (10PLX5G)
  • 32 oz. (PL32F) Treats 500 gal. pond for 11 months. (Bilingual French & English packaging)

Application Rate

Pond Volume
1st App.(Purge) Next 4 Weeks
(once per week)
10-20 2 oz. 1 oz. 1 oz.
21-50 4 oz. 1.5 oz. 1.5 oz.
51-80 6 oz. 1.5 oz. 1.5 oz.
81-250 8 oz. 2 oz. 2 oz.
251-500 10 oz. 3 oz. 3 oz.
501-1,000 14 oz. 5 oz. 5 oz.
1,001-1,500 18 oz. 6 oz. 6 oz.
1,501-2,500 24 oz. 8 oz. 8 oz.
2,501-3,500 28 oz. 10 oz. 10 oz.
3,501-5,000 32 oz. 12 oz. 12 oz.
5,001-7,500 40 oz. 16 oz. 16 oz.
7,501-,10,000 48 oz. 20 oz. 20 oz.

MICROBE-LIFT / Concentrated Barley Straw Extract Plus Peat

Rich in organic peat which softens pond water-reducing nitrate and phosphate concentrations in the water column-and provides a buffering agent and ion attenuation in lined ponds that additionally gives them some‑beneficial properties of earthen ponds!

Application Rate

Pond Volume
Week 1 Weeks 2, 3, 4 Maintenance
(once per month)
up to 500 2 oz. 0.5 oz. 0.75 oz.
501-1,000 3 oz. 0.75 oz. 1.25 oz.
1,001-1,500 4 oz. 1 oz. 1.5 oz.
1,501-2,000 6 oz. 1.25 oz. 1.75 oz.
2,001-3,000 8 oz. 1.5 oz. 2.25 oz.
3,001-4,000 10 oz. 2 oz. 3 oz.
4,001-5,000 12 oz. 2.5 oz. 3.5 oz.
5,001-6,000 16 oz. 3 oz. 4 oz.
6,001-7,000 20 oz. 3.5 oz. 4.5 oz.
7,001-8,000 24 oz. 5 oz. 6 oz.
8,001-10,000 32 oz. 6 oz. 8 oz.

These are the two main products we use for all water features. All pond cleanings come with the first treatment and you may buy any amount of this product and we will bring it with us on your pond visit.

For real tough algae problems consider:

Algaecide For Ponds – Stops Algae Growth

Control string algae!

No more green water with MICROBE-LIFT/AlgAway 5.4 Algaecide!

It stops algae growth in ponds and can be applied to areas that contain fish and plants!

Will not harm fish or live ornamental plants


  • Active Ingredients: Poly(oxyethylene) (dimethylimino) ethylene (dimethylimino) ethylene dichloride: 5.40%
  • Other Ingredients: 94.60%

Available Sizes

  • 8 oz. (ALGA08) Treats 2,839 gals.
  • 16 oz. (ALGA16) Treats 5,678 gals.
  • 32 oz. (ALGA32) Treats 11,356 gals.
  • 1 gallon (ALGAGAL) Treats 45,424 gals.


  • In ponds, insure that water is well aerated via waterfall, fountain or other method to prevent fish loss.
  • Aeration must be continuous.
  • Not safe for use with snails, shrimp and other crustaceans or mollusks.


  • It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
  • For use in self-contained ornamental ponds and fountains without any outflow.
  • For small ponds with heavy algae growth, clean the excess algae off the sides and ornaments before adding MICROBE-LIFT/AlgAway 5.4.
  • This will reduce the amount of decaying organic matter.
  • Repeat dosage once per week for maintenance.
  • Fountains, Small Ponds with goldfish and koi:
    • Treat only those fountains and ponds which will have no outflow after treatment.
    • High water temperatures cause more rapid natural decay of dead algae which can cause fish distress.
    • If animals are present clean out excess algae as stated above or use before temperature exceeds 75°F (24°C).

Application Rate

Water Volume Amount
50 gallons 30 drops
120 gallons 2 tsp. (2 capfuls)
360 gallons 2 tbsp. (6 capfuls)

Have you neglected your pond and have a large build up of sludge on the bottom of the pond consider this product.

Speeds Up the Removal of Sludge & Muck Naturally

Especially Helpful for Ponds That Have a Rock or Gravel Bottom & Where Vacuuming is Impractical

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away is formulated specifically for the removal of organic bottom solids that are slow to degrade

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away works faster at warm water temperatures, however, it may be used effectively at any temperature year-round

Years in development, MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away speeds the biological removal of slow-to-degrade organic waste matter from aquatic pond bottoms that may become toxic to fish and plant life. As organic solids accumulate on the pond bottom, they begin to break down releasing toxic gasses to the surrounding environment. These gaseous by-products endanger fish, marine life and plants. MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away removes bottom organic sludge and muck-reducing or eliminating the potential harmful gaseous compounds-and helps clarify your pond water at the same time.

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away may slightly discolor pond water for a short while. Rocks along the edge may darken but will return to their natural color.

  • Provides “rapid and natural sludge and muck removal”
  • 80% faster than competitive products
  • Binds phosphate
  • Organic and microbial based
  • Safe for fish, plants, pets and the environment
  • Helps improve pond clarity
  • 100% active ingredients
  • Disperses quickly

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away Oxygen Demand

MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away will accelerate the solubilization and biological digestion of organic solids in your pond. As a result of this increased oxygen demand, the Oxygen Uptake Rate (OUR) in your pond will increase in the process, along with your aquatic life’s need for oxygen.

Available Sizes

  • 32 oz. (MLXSAQ) Treats a 500 gal. pond for 6.5 weeks
  • Gallon (MLXSAG4) Treats a 2,500 gal. pond for 5 weeks.
  • Gallon (MLXSAG6) Treats a 2,500 gal. pond for 5 weeks.
  • 5 Gallons (MLXSAG5g) Treats 2 5,000 gal. pond for 12 weeks.
  • 32 oz. (SA32F) Treats a 500 gal. pond for 6.5 weeks. (Bilingual French & English packaging)

When using MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away make sure that your pond is adequately oxygenated (>4.0 mg/L dissolved oxygen)


  • Use 1 oz. per 100 gals. of pond water every week until sludge is eliminated.
  • Maintenance: Treat with MICROBE-LIFT/Sludge-Away monthly or as necessary thereafter.

Visit microbe lift website just click the logo.

We believe that Liquid Barley Extract & Beneficial Bacteria is the one of the quickest and most effective ways to balance your pond without putting your fish at risk with algaecides.

Simply put so every one will understand. Consider fish poop as a steak dinner, the beneficial Bacteria are all the guests that show up for dinner and the liquid barley are the steak knives and silverware. The barley helps break down the organic matters so the bacteria can shove it in by the mouthful.  These 2 products have to go hand in hand for crystal clear water and no algae. Don’t forget your pond will still need to have appropriate plant cover as well.

Pondless Water Features

Pondless water features do not require the same treatments as koi ponds. Pondless waterfalls, pondless streams, pondless rivers and water fountians are super easy to maintain. There is little if no maintenance at all if we install the Aquascape iongen. Pondless water features for the most part need to just be turned off and use your blower to remove the leaves from the catch basin. The IonGen™ System and pondless waterfalls will prevent any algae build up with the simple push of a button. Not a bad product for $1.00 a month electric charge. For purchase and professional installation of the IonGen™ System will cost around $450.00 for new water features we build and around $500.00 for pre-existing water features.

The IonGen™ System call also be purchased for $399.00 and install yourself. If this is the route you want to pursure you can view the instructions here. FAQ on the IonGen System you can view it here.

Aquascape introduces the IonGen™ System, an electronic water clarifier solution for ponds, Pondless® Waterfalls and decorative water features. The IonGen™ is simple to install, safe for fish and plants, not toxic to any animals that may drink from the water feature, and eliminates unsightly water conditions without the use of chemicals.

The IonGen™ automatic control panel sends signals that slowly dissolve a replaceable, self-cleaning metal probe. This unique combination of metal ions released into the water increases water quality, clarity and drastically reduces the need for traditional pond chemicals.

“We’re very excited about the IonGen™ and its ability to reduce pond maintenance,” states Dave Kelly, Vice President of Product Management for Aquascape, Inc. “The unit treats ponds up to 25,000 gallons and costs less than $1 per month in electricity expense. The IonGen™ can be installed directly into the water feature’s plumbing or hidden underwater in an area with significant water flow.”

An easy-to-use touch pad provides a simple method for adjusting the amount of ionization and an electronic indicator automatically signals when the probe needs replacing. The probe typically lasts 1 to 3 seasons depending on usage, quantity of water, and water parameters of the water feature.

For more information about the IonGen™ System  call 512-627-0778 (US) or 866-766-3426 (CAN)

or visit Aquascape