WHY BLUE GREEN OR FILAMENTOUS ALGAE FORM

The water cycle above gives us a good starting point in understanding water features and the formation of algae. Water storage in ice and snow along with cloud precipitation leads to surface runoff and collection in streams, ponds, lakes and rivers. This is where algae formation can occur.

Algae are tiny plant-like organisms which are found just about everywhere on earth. Every water feature has a unique ecosystem with lots of living organisms, including algae. The most common types of algae are filamentous, stringy mat-type algae (pond scum or pond moss) and planktonic, green water algae (pea soup or blue green algae).

Filamentous algae tend to form on the bottom of water features on rocks and logs and may look like green fur. As the clumps grow, they break loose from the bottom and float to the top, causing green mats on the surface. Filamentous algae begin growing in early spring and are visible around the edges of a water feature. Here is a link to helpful information from Penn State University about filamentous algae:

https://extension.psu.edu/filamentous-algae

Planktonic algae are extremely small microscopic organisms that give water features a green color. Normal populations of planktonic algae are important for a healthy water feature. They are the base of the food chain, essential for healthy aquatic life and beneficial for the ecosystem. Planktonic or blue green algae blooms are commonly found during summer months from a combination of warm temperatures, sunlight and nutrient rich water. This can look like green paint floating on the water surface. Here is a link to helpful information from the Washington State Department of Health about blue green algae:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Contaminants/BlueGreenAlgae

Planktonic blue green algae can produce toxins which are dangerous to humans, animals and pets. During a bloom, drinking or coming in contact with the water should be avoided. Since blue green algae are microscopic in size, bacterial treatments must have a fighting chance to get ahead of the algae. If blue green algae have a head start and gain a strong foothold in a water feature, getting rid of it can be very difficult. Once blue green algae are well established, chemical treatments with an approved aquatic herbicide are necessary to eradicate the algae.

A healthy water feature is one in which the ecosystem is balanced. Measuring the pH of the water is the first indicator of a balanced ecosystem. Other constituents to evaluate balance include total nitrogen, total phosphorous and dissolved oxygen. If the conditions in a water feature favor algae growth, green, cloudy water or floating algae is noticeable.

The pH scale above allows us to determine the acidity or alkalinity of a water feature. The logarithmic scale measures acidity below pH 7 and alkalinity above pH 7. A neutral pH is 7. Freshwater ponds, lakes and rivers should not be too acidic or too basic with an ideal pH relatively neutral. Algae prefer alkaline water conditions where the pH is above 8. Key nutrients consumed by algae are phosphates, nitrates and ammonia. All water features have some nutrients present; the objective is to keep these in balance. Sources of nutrients include decaying vegetation (leaves, twigs, flowers, and seeds), fertilizer runoff, dead organisms (insects, fish, snails etc.), fish waste and excess fish food.

Dissolved oxygen in the water is another key factor in the health of a water feature’s ecosystem.  Sometimes adding air to a pond can cause more algae to bloom. But if the water becomes stagnant, adding aeration or improving water movement will help increase the oxygen content of the water.

If organic nutrient loading in a water feature goes unchecked, it may lead to eutrophication. This is the overall process where organic decay consumes oxygen and depletes the water of this life-sustaining substance. This can lead to possible death of fish and other aquatic life forms which, in turn, can lead to more organic decay and more oxygen depletion. Eventually the water feature may not support animal life at all and a fish kill may occur.

Small ponds have fragile ecosystems that can change in a short amount of time with changes in daylight hours, temperature, pH and nutrients. This is where BioWorld can be a beneficial addition. BioWorld Algae Treatment combines a bioenhancement liquid with selected, naturally occurring microbes for the safe and effective treatment of algae. The enhancement formulation maximizes the ability of the microbes to reproduce and thrive in the water feature. The microbes are more efficient at consuming nutrients in the water which disrupts algae growth. The microbes also work to break down and digest organic waste, a food source for algae growth. BioWorld is nearly 100% successful in eliminating filamentous algae, overcoming eutrophication issues, and helping balance water feature ecosystems.

The time to start treating a water feature is at the first signs of algae formation. This usually occurs in the spring time when daylight hours begin to increase. When using the BioWorld technology, we recommend at least a 6 week treatment period at the outset. After the initial 6 week treatment period, additional product applications may be necessary. Since every water feature is different, it is difficult to estimate what the follow up maintenance dosing may be. However, the rates and frequency of treatments can be decreased when the algae are under control and the ecosystem comes into balance.

If planktonic, blue green algae are just starting to form, BioWorld Green Water Algae Treatment can be used to outcompete the algae for the nutrients in the water. The BioWorld technology provides a 2-pronged approach: 1) the microbes are more efficient at metabolizing the nutrients; and 2) the microbes break down and digest organic waste. This hinders algae growth and reproduction. Up to a 70% success rate is reasonable to expect with BioWorld if treatments are started early, enough products are used and treatments are done consistently and correctly.

BioWorld Algae Treatment is one of the management tools to help clear the water of unwanted algae and work toward balancing the overall ecosystem of a water feature.

Over the last couple of years, have you ever asked yourself, I didn’t sign up for this…. It seems like we all have the feeling that we do not know the truth about anything. That being said, let’s look at the positive things around us. Even though at times it may not look like it, we still live in a wonderful Country. It is a Country that people want to come to because of the freedom and opportunity to achieve success.

Look at the beauty around us. Even with all the fires in California, the drought, the bad air quality, deep down there is still beauty, and we will see it again. Look at our families, friends, business acquaintances and count your blessings. It is all in how you look at it. It’s not perfect and it never will be. We have to take the good with the bad.

Truth will always prevail. Good will triumph over evil. In the upside-down world we live in, there are more people who believe in the good. Men and women have died for our Country so we can enjoy freedom and opportunity. Men and women have died protecting other Countries who were being treated unfairly.

America has always been the go-to Country because we have a strong republic and think of others before ourselves. America has sent money and food to people suffering in other Countries because we are so blessed.  We the people were made for such a time as this. We can overcome when we avoid division and come together. We can heal the brokenhearted and unite which makes us proud to be Americans.

Did you know that when a range of odors are tested, humans outperform lab rats and dogs in detecting some odors but are less sensitive to other odors? From a 2014 study, humans could actually smell an estimated 1 trillion scents, way more than we are usually given credit for. Our noses are more sensitive and have a greater range than previously thought.

Smell is a chemical sense that works because olfactory neurons in our nose are odor receptors for all kinds of odor molecules floating around in the air. Different microscopic odor molecules that are volatile (easily turn into a gas) stimulate these receptors. Temperature and humidity affect odors because they increase molecular volatility. Our brain receives this information and combines this signal to record a unique scent and our perception of smell is complete.

Our brain stores this scent in both our memory and emotional centers. This is why certain smells can be such strong memory triggers. Smell can bring on a flood of memories, influence our mood and affect our work performance. Even when an unwanted odor is gone, our brain may continue to tell us that the odor still exists.

For odor control, we encourage our clients to use a cool mist handheld or drum mounted fogger with BioWorld Odor Neutralizer (BON). Microscopic droplets containing BON are able to react with volatile odors and get rid of the smell.  Because of the ability of our brain to store smells (what smells bad to one person may not smell bad to another person), we recommend having several people (noses) verify that unwanted odors have truly been eliminated.

When wildfires ravage counties and states, structures and lives can be lost. However, many homes and businesses may survive but could have severe smoke damage. A quick response is essential to eliminate smoke odors. Let BioWorld help you with our Odor Neutralizer and Triple Nozzle Fogger.

BioWorld Odor Neutralizer (BON) is absolutely the best product available for neutralizing smoke odors. BON is a “green” safe liquid that gets rid of smoke odors on contact. While many products only mask odors with strong scents, BON neutralizes unpleasant smoke odors making them undetectable to our sense of smell.

The most effective way to apply BON is with a cool mist Triple Nozzle Fogger. This fogger emits a 25 foot fog of micron sized droplets containing diluted BON. Very small droplets stay suspended in the air and are able to get into every nook and cranny where smoke particles exist. Fogging BON into each room of a house or business completely eliminates smoke odors.

If you are considering fogging for disinfection of viruses or bacteria, we recommend the F8026 Triple Nozzle Fogger over the F0335 Junior Fogger. The Triple Nozzle Fogger has a smaller droplet size, emits a 25 foot fog of micron sized droplets and has better overall fogging capability. The fog from the Triple Nozzle Fogger is able to reach every nook and cranny where viruses or bacteria may exist. It’s well worth the additional investment.

Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results.

With a positive attitude, we experience pleasant and happy feelings. This brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness. Our whole being broadcasts good will, happiness and success. Even our health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall, our voice is more powerful, and our body language shows the way we feel.

We affect, and are affected by the people we meet, in one way or another. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through words, thoughts and feelings, and through body language.

A person with positive thinking mentality anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes that he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty.

Every day at BioWorld USA, we try to look at situations with a positive attitude. In business, there are always issues to address with employees, customers, suppliers, deadlines, etc. Thank you Remez Sasson for reminding us that, as individuals and a company, if we start each day with a positive attitude, we could change someone’s life in a positive way.

We encourage you to adopt an attitude of positive thinking in everything you do. Make it a way of life and reap the benefits!

Today is Flag Day! On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14. Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by displaying the Red, White and Blue in front of homes and businesses. The day commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.

Do you know the flag’s history? According to American legend, in June 1776, George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, to create a flag for the new nation in anticipation of a declaration of its independence.

On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He said, “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.” There have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag so far; stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.

Do you say the Pledge of Allegiance at your school, perhaps with your hand over your heart? Or sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” the national anthem, before a baseball game? Many Americans sing, pledge, and pay respect to the flag, “Old Glory,” as a symbol of the country’s democracy and independence. Saluting the flag is a way to celebrate and honor the United States of America.

After reading the history of Flag Day, let’s look at our American flag with thankfulness for what our founding fathers did for our Country. Where would we be without these great men?

Memorial Day is an American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the US military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in US history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Some people wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war—a tradition that began with a World War I poem. We encourage you to take time and reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day. Be thankful for those who gave their lives for our freedom.

So enjoyable to get comments from loyal, happy customers like Janet in Michigan: “I just had to write to tell you how extremely happy my husband and I are with your septic treatment……we sold our house, and had the septic tank inspected today. We have NOT HAD the septic tank pumped for several years (I’m thinking 3-4). We used to have it pumped when we could tell by the slowness and sounds it made, at least every 2 years. My husband showed the inspector what we use. He said, “this system does NOT need pumping.” I will write it on the report and my report overrides the county. Using your product faithfully around the first of every month has saved us several hundred dollars. The community we are moving to has sewer system, so we won’t need your product, but I will notify the new owners, AND I am going to tell my kids about it. I am so glad to know about your company.  Thank you!” 

If you were doing research to find the best product for getting rid of ugly algae in your lake or pond, how would you approach the challenge? Since there are so many products on the market, it can be overwhelming. Should I choose a quick fix or a natural, balanced approach?

Think of it this way; if you wanted to lose weight, what would be the smart choice? Sure, liquid diets work by starving you. But would you be able to do this for the rest of your life? If you knew exercising would add 7 years to your life, would you be able to exercise every day and keep it going forever? These are life challenges we all face. It comes down to believing and challenging yourself on a daily basis. It can be very rewarding to see the transformation into the new you.

If you’re wondering how this relates to algae, the correct answer for which product works best for your lake or pond is the natural product that achieves balance over  a reasonable time period. You start slow, getting used to the change. Just like dieting and exercise, you may not see any big results at first.

With our natural algae treatment product, it may look worse when you start the process. And let’s face it, seeing green algae turning brown and floating on top of your pond is not pretty. But think of the billions of microscopic algae microbes out competing the algae for the nutrients in the water and taking away this food source. Little by little they also eat away the dead matter floating on the top.

The same concept of eating less and exercising more shrinks the fat cells and builds muscle. It all comes down to being in better shape than when you started.  The goal is to create a healthy, balanced plan of attack and soon you will reap the rewards.