Liquid concentrate barley straw extract specifically formulated to naturally balance pond water and improve clarity. Goes to work on contact, decomposition begins immediately, no messy residual. One bottle is equal to multiple barley straw bales. The chart below is designed for first-time users. After initial dosing the product goes considerably further:
A Liquid Extract of Barley Straw Especially Helpful Where Bottom Drains Are Present. An environmentally responsible, cost-efficient pond conditioner that is a clean & easy, natural & organic approach to a healthy pond environment.
- Goes to work on contact
- Releases decomposition by-products immediately
- Not harmful to aquatic life, plants, humans and pets
- One bottle is equal to a multiple of barley straw bales
- Can be used all year round, No messy residue
Maturing A Pond Biologically and Chemically
When a pond's ecosystem is mature and balanced, the water is usually clear and healthy for aquatic life. This maturation process is a function of the microbiological and chemical properties of the water.
NATURAL CHEMICAL MATURATION - Microbe-Lift Barley Straw LIQUID & DRY formulations help to mature the pond with natural chemicals just as a pure mountain stream matures through the years by the introduction of natural breakdown products from trees, plants, etc. These natural breakdown products often include humic and fulvic acid and organic acids that have a natural ability to sequester, or tie up, inorganic compounds, so their concentrations in the pond don't get to levels that would unbalance the ponds ecosystem. These substances can also lead to natural purification of the pond through a slow release of hydrogen peroxide as they react with sunlight. The hydrogen peroxide is produced at levels that help purify the water while not having any adverse effects on desirable aquatic life. The sequestering, in conjunction with microbiological cycling, provides a stable natural ecosystem in your pond.
BIOLOGICAL MATURATION The microbiological maturation process involves the development of symbiotic populations of bacteria, which stabilize the critical organic and inorganic components of the pond. The microorganisms do this through their ability to promote "biogeochemical cycles" including carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous cycles - elements critical to all forms of aquatic life. By stabilizing these components, the bacteria prevent pollution of the pond. It can take some time to accomplish this "biological maturation" in a man-made pond and may never occur as the maturation process is constantly interrupted by certain pond practices like cleaning out the pond. The process can be accelerated significantly through the use of Microbe-Lift PL - a virtual "ecosystem in a bottle" - and mimics the complex interdependent populations in a mature pond.
|Microbe-Lift Barley Straw Extract Basic Application Rates|
|Next 3 Weeks
(once per week)
(once per month)
|up to 500||2 oz||.5 oz.||.75 oz.|
|501 - 1,000||3 oz.||.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.|
We experiences a noticeable difference in our string algea in our pond when we used this barley straw extract compared to prior. That said, It didn't totally eliminate it and left some to be desired. I think we are probably going to need a larger filter for our pond to support all of our koi. The staff at Play It Koi was very helpful and responsive to our needs and offered freingly advice and help.
Great Local Company
Play it Koi and Ben are a great local company. We recently installed a water feature and were having issues controlling the algae. I contacted Ben and he answered all my questions and provided me with the correct product to clear up the water. We will continue to use, and recommend Pkay it Koi for all our pond needs, even though we don't have Koi.