Managing nutrient levels in shrimp and prawn farms can be a major headache. Diatomix works to naturally reduce Ammonia, Nitrate and Phosphate levels in pond water, for effective and consistent discharge levels as well as to keep your livestock healthy.

Prawn and shrimp farms

Drive Best Practice Water Management on Your Farm

When you are in the business of producing large volumes of algae to feed aquaculture species, Diatomix is going to be your favourite tool. Shellfish and crustaceans need diatoms and zooplankton to grow. Many preferentially select diatoms and reject other algae class when feeding. With Diatomix you can naturally create conditions in the water that promote the diatom growth.

The Science Behind Diatomix

Diatomix is a liquid fertiliser that contains nano-sized gels of Silica. These gels are like ‘Swiss cheese’ and are full of gaps and holes, and inside these holes we have added the micro-nutrients Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Boron, Molybdenum, Cobalt, Calcium and Potassium.

These are the micro-nutrients required by all algae and that are not usually present in water in adequate quantities. As a farmer trying to promote algae growth for your farmed stock, you don’t want to be growing the algae that are of little food value, but still use up valuable nutrients. Diatoms are the only phytoplankton that require silica to grow.

How to Promote Diatom Growth

With the new, unique and exciting technology from Diatomix you can target diatoms because it consists of nano-gels of silica that have these micro-nutrients adsorbed (stuck onto) the inside of the silica gels. When a diatom takes in the silica gel and starts to break them apart to use in their cell ‘skeleton’ they get the added surprise package of all the micro-nutrients they need to grow faster. Because the other less desirable algae didn’t get the micro-nutrient boost, they can’t grow as quickly. In this way the diatoms out-compete other phytoplankton for the nitrogen and phosphorus and hence dominate the culture in your pond or dam.


A Healthy Food Chain

The reason you want diatoms to dominate, is because they are the basis of the main food chain in water. Diatoms will get eaten by your shellfish or by zooplankton; the microscopic animals living in the water, and the the zooplankton will get eaten by your farm stock.

To find out about ordering Diatomix for your farm, contact us on through the Sales page.