- To Determine the Size of Your Water
- If you have an aquarium, the size
in gallons is usually marked on it somewhere and the dosage will be prescribed
in ounces (USA) or milliliters (metric).
- Larger ponds and lakes are measured
(USA) in acre-ft. or cubic meters. For metric units, the measurements are
in cubic meters or hectare-meters. One acre-ft = 1 acre x 1 ft. deep.
Example: A pond with 1 acre of surface area that is 7 ft deep = 7 acre-ft.
- To Read the Dosage Charts
- Once you have selected the correct
product, locate the size of your water body in the left hand columns, and
select the appropriate week of treatment from the top, to locate the correct
dose. If you have an aquarium, you most likely possess test kits for
the important parameters to monitor your water quality. We recommend that
a new aquarium start-up for one month with Clear-Flo 1100 and 1002,
to cycle and seed it with nitrifiers and toxin degraders, then maintain
with Clear-Flo 1002, alone. An aquarium started with Alken Clear-Flo
1100 and 1002 should be ready for aquatic inhabitants in 48 hours.
- Just as a good doctor will not
hand you a prescription without taking your history and examining a blood
test, Alken-Murray cannot prescribe the correct product for a lakes or
pond without examining a fully completed survey form. The water quality
of a pond or lake is much more dynamic than an aquarium and requires professional
- If your pond or lake is bordering
on eutrification, low rate of water exchange with low oxygen and highlevels
of pollutants, you should add aeration and shock treatments of Alken Clear-Flo
formulas to rapidly restore the environment.
- If you have a private or municipal
lake or pond, your local garden or farm supply center should be able to
tell you where to locate suitable water quality testing. Then print out
the "Lake/Pond Survey Form", fill it in and click "submit".
Alken-Murray will reply to your and your authorized Alken-Murray distributor,
with a customized prescription for your water body or water bodies. Check
with your authorized distributor to learn the full range of services they
offer to supplement application with Alken Clear-Flo aquaculture, aquarium
and aquatic restoration products.
- If you have an aquaculture farm,
the size, stocking density, species raised, source of influent water, and
many other parameters influence both product selection and dosages. Your
Alken-Murray representative will prescribe a customized program of augmentation
for your farm.
- If your water body has a lot of
consistent pollution (runoff, aquaculture, birds, fish etc) your Alken-Murray
representative may prescribe a higher dose for the first month, gradually
decreasing the dosage until it matches the chart, while carefully monitoring
water quality parameters.
- The most difficult waterbodies
to maintain with low dosage are those that have intermittent influent of
serious toxins and pollutants (hydrocarbons, phenol, phosphate fertilizers,
pesticides, fats and grease, detergents etc.). You Alken-Murray representative
will carefully evaluate your individual situation for a customized solution.
- For Initial Seeding of a Sand
Media Biological Filter: 1) Oxygenate the water and clear any residual
chlorine by allowing the fresh water to circultate for four hours. 2) Add
enough Roti-Rich nutrient to slightly cloud the water. 3) Select
the appropriate dose for the size of the waterbody from the chart. Thoroughly
mix dry culture or full-strength liquid product into the sand media and
reintroduce the filter to the tank. Wait for the water to clear, usually
within 12 to 18 hours, before adding new stock to the system. Observe the
usual best practices of equalizing the temperature between the tank and
the plastic bags holding the new occupants. Maintain water quality with
a weekly booster from the smallest dose listed for the size of your waterbody.
Mechanical aeration will increase the rate of bioactivation. If the water
is circulated past ozone for disinfection, the treated water will not harm
the ALKEN CLEAR-FLO® culture growing in the sand filter.
- If it becomes necessary to apply
antibiotics to treat fish disease, the filter must be reseeded with ALKEN
CLEAR-FLO®, after all antibiotic has cleared from the system.
- See new formulas: CF 1003
to degrade fatty, greasy fish food and CF 1008 for fall preparation
of your pond or lake, or for cleanup post-herbicide use.
- To equate volume with weight
in bran-based dry products (NOT exact due to variability of product density)
- 1 teaspoon of volume = 0.08 ounces
(2.5 grams) of weight
- 1 tablespoon of volume = 0.26
ounce (7.5 grams) of weight.
- 2 oz. volume scoop holds 1 ounce
(28 grams) weight
- 4 oz. volume scoop holds 55 grams
(1/8 lb.) weight
- 8 oz. volume scoop holds 110 grams
(1/4 lb) weight
- 1 quart of volume will equal 1
lb. (450 grams) weight