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Does Bacteria Color Make Any Difference

Published: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 14:38:06
By: Michael Oleksak


Color does not make any difference in the quality of the microbial water treatment product.  Bacteria used in microbial water products can produce different pigments (colors) depending on the type of media they are grown on.  However, once they are harvested and suspended in water, there is very little color that can be observed with the naked eye.

The most important factor in "quality" for microbes used in water treatment products is the ability of the microbes to metabolize ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphorus and organic compounds.  By metabolizing these compounds the microbes starve the algae.  They then consume the dead algae as well as other organic material such as uneaten food and the organic sludge that accumulates on the bottom of the pond or water feature.  The end product of their metabolism should be carbon dioxide and not noxious gasses such as hydrogen sulfide. 

Another important "quality" of good microbial water products is their diversity.  The products should contain multiple species that grow and metabollze in cold, hard and soft water.  Ideally, the product should contain aerobes and facultative anaerobes as well as chemolithotropes.  The ability of the microbes to survive in many different environments is extremely important.

Organic Digester meets all of the above requirements.  It's blue color is derived from a vegatable dye which the microbes feed on.  It will not turn your water blue.


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