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These are observations reported by our clients. See testimonials or ask for detailed information.
Cleaner pond bottoms (see Ecuador results below)
Reduced blue-green algae loads (via competition for nutrients-these products are not algaecides) (see results from New Caledonia farm below)
Less water exchange needed (savings in pumping costs)
Reduced green vibrio counts (on TCBS, the vibrio associated with AHPNS produces green colonies). (Noted in hatcheries in maturation facilities, hatcheries, high-density farms, RAS and biofloc systems, etc.)
Reduced overall vibrio loads (the Bacillus in our products compete against the vibrios for nutrients) (Noted in hatcheries in maturation facilities, hatcheries, high-density farms, RAS and biofloc systems, etc.)
Reduced ammonia and nitrite levels (broken down by the bacteria in our products)
Reduced disease outbreaks (a result of a change in the microbial flora)
Better feed efficiency (a result of a cleaner environment)
Healthier shrimp (less stress from water quality issues and less pressure from vibrios)
Many hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually by global aquaculturists to improve and maintain water quality in fish and shrimp production ponds, hatcheries and nurseries. Unfortunately, much of this money is wasted on poor quality overpriced products marketed as "probiotics" in an effort to make end users think that they are doing something beneficial for their animals. They are not probiotics according to the widely accepted definition and companies that market them as such are selling "to the farmer for the farmer" and not for practical use in shrimp or fish. Acting through bioremediation and competitive exclusion via nutrient limitation, our clients consistently observe multiple positive effects. Some of these are outlined above.
Pond ecosystems have large numbers of naturally occurring bacteria in them. It is only recently that we have to come to understand that we have had no clue as to how complex these ecologies are. These dynamic populations change and evolve as the pond ecology varies over the course of a production cycle. They are influenced by all inputs and outputs. These systems encourage the development of bacterial populations that utilize the nutrients that the production model makes available. This is one reason why Vibrio species thrive.
Bioremediation, an accurate term for what these types of products actually do, uses naturally occurring benign bacterial species to control the accumulation of organic matter. Via the production of enzymes, these bacteria degrade accumulated organic matter which in turn alters the nutrient composition and water chemistry with subsequent impacts. This can have a wide range of positive impacts.
Indeed, a logical argument can be made that
"proper bioremediation of pond ecosystems is a critical element of sustainable aquaculture".
Untreated Pond Corner in New Caledonia farm
Note high levels of filamentous blue-green (BG) algae
Pond Treated with Pro4000X in NEW CALEDONIA
Note that there are no visible signs of filamentous BG algae.
Pro4000X soaked in clean pond water and added to the exposed moist pond bottoms. Note the dramatic difference between treated and untreated areas below. These experiments were conducted by Jorge Cordoba of Naturisa in Ecuador.
Our team has been working with bioremediation tools for more than three decades with the earliest field trials in farmed catfish going back to the mid-1990's. We were the first company to patent the use of bacteria for the purpose of improving water quality in ponds containing catfish.
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