What Are Bacteria,
Enzymes and Chemicals?
Bacteria are living cells which
have the capabilities of consuming
wastes of different types, reproducing,
and actually producing enzymes.
Better said, bacteria are the
factories that produce enzymes. When the
right bacteria are present in the right
quantities and in the right conditions,
they produce enzymes much more
economically than people can manufacture
Enzymes are NOT alive. They are
complex chemicals produced by bacteria.
They cannot reproduce, or actually
consume waste. They speed up chemical
reactions without getting used
themselves. However, enzymes are all
proteins, and some enzymes attack
proteins. Therefore, enzyme usefulness
is limited by digestion from other
Chemicals are NOT alive.
Chemicals include soaps, harsh acids and
bases, solvents, and enzymes. Chemicals
do not reproduce themselves.
Chemicals can be used to mimic the
properties of bacteria or enzymes, but
they are either environmentally harmful,
not as efficient, or both.
How Do Bacteria,
Enzymes and Chemicals Work?
Bacteria consume waste materials.
When bacteria consume waste, they
convert the waste into safe by products
- carbon dioxide and water. When the
waste materials are very complex (such
as pond sludge), UltraClear
bacteria actually produce enzymes to
break down the complex waste into simple
compounds that the UltraClear
Bacteria can consume.
Enzymes are not capable of
consuming waste materials, such as
sludge or ammonia. Rather, all that they
can do is convert complex wastes into
simple wastes. Bacteria are still needed
to consume the waste material - enzymes
alone will not do the job. An enzyme
product only has half the tools
necessary to get the job done right!
Chemicals can oxidize sludge and
ammonia, but only very harsh and
dangerous chemicals can accomplish this
job. Less hazardous chemicals are
generally not effective in a pond
environment for tough jobs like sludge
digestion. Also, chemicals have
considerable toxicity issues, and are
likely to harm fish, wildlife, and the
general pond health.
Which System is
Best for the Environment?
Bacteria contained in
UltraClear are 100% natural, safe,
and non-pathogenic. UltraClear
bacteria are not genetically engineered
or altered in any way. Since bacteria
both degrade complex waste AND consume
the by-products, less pollution is
discharged to the environment.
UltraClear bacteria also consume
phosphates, ammonia, and nitrates. This
improves water quality in lakes, ponds,
and groundwater. UltraClear is
the environmentally superior solution.
Enzymes are not necessarily bad
for the environment, but they do not
have the advantages that the
UltraClear bacteria provide. Again,
enzymes do not actually consume wastes,
they simply break complex compounds into
simpler compounds. Bacteria are still
needed to finish the job.
Enzymes cannot help in removing
pollutants such as phosphates, ammonia,
and nitrate. Therefore, enzymes have
limited benefits. For the complete
solution, choose UltraClear over
Chemicals are often bad for the
environment, and they do not have the
advantages that the UltraClear
bacteria provide. Chemicals can be used
for some pond water treatment, such as
chlorine removal, heavy metal removal,
and pH adjustment. But they are neither
effective, economical or environmentally
appropriate for removal of ammonia,
nitrite, or sludge.