Posted by: Great Lakes Bio Systems | August 8, 2012

How closing your pool and pond for winter can positively impact spring openings

It has been a hot summer for most of the country and you may still be treating current problems in the bodies of water you service, but it is not too early to start thinking about a plan for closing your pool and pond heading into fall and winter.

Although Mother Nature does slow down during the winter months, it does not stop and there for you need to close your pool and pond properly in order to have a successful spring opening.  Besides the normal step taken to close down and prepare pools and ponds for winter, it is important to remember to protect the water quality with these helpful products for pool management and pond management.

For Pools:

Orb-3 PRA & Enzymes Maintenance is ideal for closing any pool. This unique combination technology effectively reduces phosphates and other organic material that collect in the pool during the winter.

Orb-3 PRA & Enzymes Maintenance insures quick and easy pool opening by reducing typical spring maintenance.

  • Springtime pool opening becomes fast and easy.
  • Phosphate levels are reduced.
  • Waterline buildup is prevented.
  • Products are compatible with all closing procedures.
  • One ounce treats 2000 gallons of pool water!

Applying Orb-3 PRA & Enzymes in the mid to late fall will ensure easier pool openings will give your pool a head start for next spring and lead to easier pool maintenance throughout the year.

For Ponds:

Applying Orb-3 Enzymes and TMOC or Orb-3 VA Dry Bacteria in the mid to late fall will keep the digestive process going well into the winter months which will give your pond a head start for next spring and lead to easier pond maintenance throughout the year.
For additional information on products and dosage rates to protect your pool and pond, please give us a call at 1-(800) 236-1366 or check out our Product Finder.

Posted by: Great Lakes Bio Systems | May 9, 2012

Effective Phosphate Removal from Swimming Pools

Phosphates are an underlying source of many water quality problems in swimming pools including algae growth and chlorine demand.

Swimming pools are shocked with chlorine in order to sanitize the water. However, when algae are present, most of the chlorine will be unable to perform this task. The chlorine will instead be used to burn-off the algae and the pool water may not be properly sanitized unless enormous amounts of chlorine are used.

Of the three chemicals that are required for algae growth; Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), and Potassium (K), phosphorous most easily finds its way into swimming pools from many sources including make-up water, fertilizers, detergents and even other swimming pool cleaning chemicals.

While there are several algaecides available to pool owners, these products treat only the symptom of the problem. Treating the source of the problem by removing phosphates and keeping them at very low levels is the best way to prevent algae from growing in the first place. 

For additional information on products and dosage rates to protect your pool, please give us a call at 1-(800) 236-1366 or check out our Product Finder.





Posted by: Great Lakes Bio Systems | May 9, 2012

What is that Muck?

Sludge (muck) is a layer of black, smelly slime found at the bottom of most lakes & ponds.  It is similar to the black, tar-like substance that can be found in most septic tanks and drain fields.

Though sludge depth can vary dramatically from pond to pond, it is a major contributor to the aging and ultimate eutrophication of most pond environments, making it the enemy of most lake and pond managers.  There are three main problems that can be attributed to sludge: foul smells, decreased depths, and the nutrients that it provides for algae growth.

Foul smelling sludge will make any pond undesirable to be around. With ponds and water features steadily becoming a focal point for outdoor living, this odor can turn away visitors and make the entire body of water a nuisance to the property owner.

Decreased depths can create problems for pond life as well. Shallow bodies of water are much more difficult to aerate properly, resulting in lower Dissolved Oxygen (DO) levels and thus putting fish and other desirable wildlife under undue stress. As the pond continues to age, these lower depths will ultimately decrease the amount of life that the pond is able to sustain.

Lastly, the sludge layer can harbor many of the nutrients upon which algae and other undesirable life can thrive. As the organics that make up the sludge layer decompose, nutrients are made available to the algae that enhance its growth.

Fortunately, there are a number of solutions for sludge control from Orb-3 ®Lake and Pond. These solutions will help to control the ammonia, nitrates and other excess nutrients that make up the odoriferous muck that fouls almost every lake and pond.

Though sludge can take a long time to build up to a point that it creates a problem, it is best to begin treatments early so that drastic measures such as mechanical dredging can be avoided.

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Posted by: Great Lakes Bio Systems | May 9, 2012

Ecologically and Biologically Friendly Solutions to Water Clarity

If it is accepted that harsh chemical products are likely to create more problems than they alleviate in the lake or pond, it follows naturally that biologically friendly alternatives are the only option. There are essentially two types of product that can be used to deal with water clarity problems without killing the water.

Enzymes are complex chains of amino acids, proteins that have the ability to react with certain substrates in the water and alter them on a molecular level. Enzymes are catalysts that speed up reactions that can occur naturally. Enzymes are particularly useful in delicate environments because they have extremely targeted effects. Of the more than four thousand enzymes in existence, each will react with only a single type of substrate. The right combination of enzymes will be able to tackle the most common causes of water problems. The drawback to enzymes is that they are chemical in nature. They are not harmful to the water and they are ecologically sound. The trouble is that they will not renew themselves. If enzymes are being used then they will need to be reapplied on a regular basis. The advantage is that they are fast acting and will start reacting with pollutants from the moment they are introduced into the water table.

Certain bacteria will actively feed on some contaminants. Bacteria are alive and able to reproduce. The bacteria that are used in Orb-3 ®Lake and Pond products will aid the enzymes in eliminating contaminants that lead to water quality problems. The drawback to bacteria is that they require time to become established. Once they have become established, however, they can achieve powerful effects. Furthermore, they produce enzymes of their own that can help to condition the water.

A combination of enzymes and bacteria is the best option for treating lakes and ponds. Enzymes will immediately begin reacting with contaminants while the bacteria will slowly multiply until they are able to provide a sustained resistance.

Check out our Product Finder to help solve your water clarity problem.

Posted by: Great Lakes Bio Systems | May 9, 2012

What Factors Diminish Water Quality in Lakes and Ponds?

There are a number of contributing factors to water clarity problems. Perhaps the most notable clarity issue that people are going to encounter is algae. Algae can become a particularly bad problem in lakes and ponds. Algae are a simple form of plant life that makes the water green and slimy. The reason why algae become established is that the water in ponds is nutrient-rich. In particular, there is a steady supply of phosphorous which can cause algae to thrive.

organic matter will cause water clarity problems. As it breaks down, it will lead to microscopic particle issues and contribute to sludge on the bottom of the lake or pond. Whenever this sludge is disturbed, water clarity will be affected. If fish are present then they will be a significant source of organic contaminants. Fish wastes represent a problem of their own and can lead to a high pH which in turn can be a water clarity problem.

Aside from fish, oils, fertilizers, dust, soil and many other undesirable products find their way into lakes and ponds. These introduce a range of nutrients to the water that can lead to significant problems with algae and on their own, have negative effects on water quality.

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Posted by: Great Lakes Bio Systems | May 9, 2012

What is Aeration Technology?

Aeration is fundamental to water treatment, ensuring a rich supply of oxygen to promote biological activity. It stimulates facultative and aerobic bacteria, minimizes excess nutrient and organic buildup, mixes the water body, and accelerates contaminant remediation. GLB offers a wide variety of air diffusers through its sister company MixAir Technologies. Among other advanced features, GLB diffusers feature a proprietary, extruded synthetic rubber membrane that resists biological and mineral fouling, thus requiring less attention and consuming far less power than conventional equipment.

Learn what Aeration Solutions are right for your needs.

Posted by: Great Lakes Bio Systems | May 9, 2012

What is Trace Mineral Technology?

The ability of bacteria to efficiently assimilate nutrients is frequently a limiting factor in the performance of a biological system.  Our food grade trace mineral technology contains organic minerals, micro-nutrients, and trace elements that together dramatically increases the metabolic rate of microorganisms. This proprietary blend improves bacterial nutrient uptake, promotes biological activity, and corrects micro-nutrient deficiencies; all resulting in a balanced system that is more reliable and easier to manage.

Click here to learn more about why TMOC is so important to your pond.

Posted by: Great Lakes Bio Systems | May 9, 2012

What is Bacteria Technology?

GLB bacteria are comprised of highly specialized, naturally acclimated microorganisms that possess enhanced degradation capabilities.  These synergistic blends of microbes rapidly attack organic contaminants and offer superior assimilation of nutrients when compared with other augmented bacteria.  They are made even more productive by the addition of highly fortified value added carriers which stimulate bacterial activity in less than optimal environments.


Learn why Bacteria Technology is right for you.

Posted by: Great Lakes Bio Systems | May 9, 2012

What is Enzyme Technology?

GLB Enzyme Technology is derived from a proprietary fermentation process. This base raw material contains thousands of identifiable enzymes, co-enzymes, amino acids and other proteins. Our goal through this procedure is to pull as many of these available proteins out of the process as possible because this makes our enzyme technology effective on a wider variety of effluent types and in numerous applications.

Whether GLB Enzyme Technology is used in grease traps, for cleaning floors, for natural algae control in lakes or in a waste stream, or even when it is used to improve sanitizer efficiency in a swimming pool or spa; what makes our products effective is their ability to work efficiently and successfully on a broad range of organic constituents. Furthermore, by carefully selecting and utilizing high quality non-bacterial raw materials, we derive a product that is immediately active in all of these applications and is proven to dramatically speed up the natural bio-degradation process.

Virtually every one of our competitors derives their products from the fermentation of bacteria. In order to remain stable in a finished commercial product, these bacteria are manufactured in a spore form. No matter the application, if the environmental conditions are favorable, spores require a minimum of 2 to 4 hours to germinate or become active. With limited holding time in a grease trap, for example, the bacteria may be washed down the drain well before they can effectively work on the grease in the trap.

Bacteria-based products tend to be very “select” in nature, generally containing only five to seven strains of bacteria. As a result, bacteria become more limited in their function and are not nearly as efficient on the broader range of contaminants that may be present. This may cause an incomplete organic breakdown.

This is not the case with GLB Enzyme Technology because the proprietary fermentation process yields a broad spectrum of available enzymes that are ready to go to work immediately.

GLB Enzyme Technology is active in a much wider pH range than other bacterial products. Bacteria are most efficient in a range of 5 to 7. Our products are active in a pH range of 3 to 12. In applications such as car wash, waste water, pools, or grease traps pH ranges tend to vary but our products provide consistent long term results. Learn more about how Enzyme Technology is right for you.