Keeping Your Water Healthy

Diatomix contains super-concentrated natural elements that bring the natural balance back to ponds, lakes and dams by enhancing the growth of the right plants and animals that live in the water.

When To Treat Water With Diatomix

In Australia and New Zealand, Diatomix is the only natural method we know of for controlling algae blooms, especially the ones that cause toxins and fish-kills. It is also excellent for reducing the levels of nutrient so that the larger types of water weeds like string algae, hyacinth and salvinia. If your water is susceptible to algal blooms at certain times of the year, then it makes sense to manage your water in the long term, to ensure that you remove the susceptibility and don’t face a bloom each year.

Clean healthy water without a Toxic algae bloom

How Often to Use Diatomix

By using a reduced dose of Diatomix at recommended times, the diatoms that grow are going to absorb the nutrients that other algae might otherwise use to bloom. As we have outlined, because diatoms get eaten by zooplankton, those nutrients move up the food chain, rather than being re-released when the algae dies, as would happen with other algae types that bloom and then die, without being eaten. By managing your water with Diatomix on a regular basis you can be more confident that your water is not going to bloom with a toxic algae like Cyanobacteria.

What are Blue-Green Algae and Cyanobacteria?

Cyanobacteria and Blue-Green Algae are two names for the same group of organisms. They are bacteria that have the capability to use photosynthesis as a source of energy, just like algae do. Their cell structure is more like bacteria than like plants, and this is why they are classified with the word bacteria in their name. They grow in all types of water from fresh to sea water, with many growing in slightly salty water (brackish) as well.

What are the Differences between Blue-Green Algae and Diatoms?

There are many more species of toxic cyanobacteria that cause problems than algae, where there are fewer toxic species.  With diatoms, only one species, Pseudo-nitzschia australis, has been found to cause toxic blooms in Australia. Another important difference is that with a diatom bloom of any kind, when the cells die they settle to the bottom of the pond or dam so the surface remains clear for oxygen exchange, whilst at the bottom of the pond the water may become anaerobic (no oxygen) as the dead cells decompose.
Healthy fish

In the case of cyanobacteria, when the algae bloom has run its course and most of the cells die the dead cells float to the surface and begin to decompose. The anaerobic conditions of decomposition also occur, but this time it happens at the top under the mat of dead, floating algae so oxygen exchange is very limited.  At night when no algae are producing oxygen through photosynthesis the levels of dissolved oxygen can go dangerously low and this is when fish kills may occur. There is more information on fish kills on this US site.

To find out about ordering Diatomix to manage your water and remove or prevent toxic and other algae blooms, contact us on through the Sales page.