The UltraClear System Growth Chamber is used
in large applications or problem situations. It
is a batch process for generating an extremely
high concentration of liquid bacteria for
treating water or wastewater. It offers an
economical and effective biological solution for
treating aquaculture systems, wastewater
treatment plants (WWTP's) and large ponds such
as decorative & irrigation ponds used by golf
courses. Click on any of the following for
application specific details:
The UltraClear System Growth Chamber utilizes a
55-gallon drum (or larger, depending on the
volume of the application) for holding water and
bacteria. The drum is equipped for heating and
aeration. Electrical power (110 volt) is
required for heating elements and air pumps.
Water is required for weekly operation and
The system should be located indoors (work
shop or maintenance shed). It shouldn't be
exposed to freezing temperatures while in
operation. It should not be placed in direct
Proximity to point of treatment should also
be considered for site location. Efficient
access to the system is needed. Routine access
is needed to monitor it, to add bacteria on a
weekly basis, for maintenance and to remove
completed product each week. Exposure to direct
sun light will cause over heating.
Setting-up the UltraClear Growth Chamber
Set the drum in the location you have chosen.
Remember that power and water will be needed.
Power must be provided for the heating elements
and the air pump. Water is required for weekly
filling and for periodic clean up and
maintenance. Inspect the drum for any obvious
defects or cracks. Check to insure that the
valve on the side of the drum is shut off.
Position the drum so that the discharge valve is
accessible, so that it can accommodate a
six-gallon pail in front of it and allows space
for you to work around it.
Installation & Set-up of Aeration System
The term aeration is used to refer to the
process of blowing air bubbles through the
liquid mixture of water and bacteria in the
drum. The purpose of the aeration system is to
add oxygen to the water and to provide a
continuous mixing action in the liquid. Both are
critical to the process.
Locate the two air pumps, the quarter inch
plastic tubing and 'air diffuser assembly'. The
following illustrates the 'air diffuser
assembly' and how it connects two air stones to
a single tube that is then connected to an air
pump. The heavier plastic pipe that the air
stones and the 'T' valve are strapped to is
important for weighting so that the air stones
will settle on the bottom of the drum.
Attach the 1/4 inch plastic line connected to
the'air diffuser assembly' lines to the
discharge port on the end of the OPTIMA Model
807 air pumps. Drop the 'air diffuser assembly'
into the drum. It should settle on the bottom of
the drum. See below.
Add UltraBac Concentrate Before using,
shake or stir the contents of the six-gallon
pail of the UltraClear UltraBac Concentrate.
This insures that all the essential parts of the
bacteria are removed from the pail in which the
concentrate was shipped in. Pour or pump the
entire contents of the pail into the drum.
Fill the Drum
Next, fill the drum with tap water to within 2
inches of the top of the drum.
Heater Set-up & Installation
The UltraClear System Growth Chamber is shipped
with two 300-watt (110 volt) heating elements.
Only one 300 watt submersible heating element is
required. The second heating element is provided
as a back-up and should be stored for future
use. These heaters are 100% submersible. Set the
temperature dial to 80 degrees F. This should be
done before plugging the heating elements into
the outlet for power or turning the power on.
Lower the heater into the drum so that it is
near the bottom of the drum. SEE THE FOLLOWING
Secure the cord to the drum so that the
heater remains positioned in the bottom zone of
the drum as shown in the illustration above. Use
a cable tie, clamp, or tape. Caution: Review
instructions on the back of the packaging for
the Thermal Submersible Heating Elements. Do not
let the heating element lay flat on the bottom
of the drum. It is IMPORTANT that the
heater is positioned in the lower half of the
drum. The heater must be totally immersed when
it is turned on. Turn the power on only after
the heating element has been inspected, the
temperature dial set, the cords properly secured
and all electrical precautions have been
It is important to note that the liquid level
in the drum is lowered each week when the
bacteria is complete and ready to be dosed
(i.e., applied to the water or wastewater). The
drum volume is lowered to the mid point each
week when completed material is removed for use.
If the submersible heating element is not
positioned in the lower half of the drum it may
become exposed to air when the level of the
water is lowered and it may burn out or crack
due to extreme temperature variations.
Power-Up Air Pumps & Heating Elements
Recheck the total system once again. Recheck to
insure that the heater element is positioned in
the bottom half of the tank. Recheck to insure
that the electrical cords have been installed
correctly and are completely safe. Recheck to
insure that the air stone diffuser assembly
settled to the bottom zone of the drum and is
not laying flat on the bottom.
After checking the entire system, the power
for the pumps and heating elements can be turned
on. Always turn the power off before making any
adjustments to the heaters or the airline
diffuser assembly. Never work in the liquid
solution when the power is on.
Start Running the System
The system is in operation once the power is
turned on, the heating elements are on, the air
pumps are running and the concentrated liquid
bacteria and water have been added to the drum
in accordance to the procedures outlined above.
After starting the system up, the mixed
solution of water and bacteria, is aerated for
seven days. After seven days, the
liquid content is ready for treating the pond,
tank or wastewater.
The First Doses is Ready-One half of the
The first dose is ready for use after
seven days in operation. At this point, turn
the power off. Drain one half of the contents
out of the drum and into pails for distribution
to the pond, water, tank or wastewater stream to
be treated. This is accomplished by opening the
valve at the center of the drum.
It is critical that the volume removed never
exceeds one half of the drum volume. If more
than one half of the drum volume is removed and
used, the system will no longer function
correctly and it will be necessary to repeat the
Recharging the UltraClear System Growth
The 55 gallon drum system is ready to be
recharged after one half of the completed
material has been removed for treating the pond,
lagoon, tank or wastewater treatment system.
Follow the steps below for recharging the system
for another 7-day cycle with the appropriate
The UltraClear System Growth Chamber is now
ready to aerate for seven more days before the
liquid content is ready for dosing the water or
wastewater to be treated. Restore the power to
the aerator and submersible heating element.
- Refill the drum with tap water (salt
water for salt water aquaculture system
- Add one bag of UltraBac(1000, 2000, 3000
or 4000) to the drum.
- Add quart or gallon of liquid UltraBac
(only for Aquaculture System applications)
to the drum.
Seven-Day Cycle (Weekly Cycle)
The cycle is repeated every seven days for as
long as the UltraClear System is kept in
operation. Each week (or seven days), one half
of the product is removed from the drum. Tap
water (or salt water) is added back to fill the
drum, bacteria and nutrients are added and the
system is aerated for another seven days.
Follow start-up procedures if there is an
interruption in the seven-day weekly cycle of
Tips & Care of System
The UltraClear System is designed to provide
extremely high quantities of activated bacteria
for treating water or wastewater . The following
tips help to insure that the system operates at
its maximum capability:
- Brush the inside walls of the 55 gallon
drum to remove bacterial build-up that
attaches to the surface. This promotes
greater concentration of bacteria in the
- Keep the drum covered to minimize dust
and other items from entering the tank.
- Check for adequate airflow through the
air stones in the bottom of the drum. Sludge
build-up on the air stones may reduce or
block adequate airflow. The stones can
either be cleaned with a brush or replaced.
- Make sure that the system is housed in a
sheltered area and does not receive direct
sunlight. Periodically check the heating
elements to insure proper operation and
- Stir discharged contents before
distributing to the area to be treated.