Microbe-Lift Online StoreWe carry the full line of Microbe-Lift pond and lake water treatments at the best price - guaranteed.
Microbe-Lift is the leading standard for high quality beneficial bacteria, koi and goldfish food, barley, and various other medicinal water treatments and solutions.
Columbia Water Gardens is an authorized reseller of Microbe-Lift products and is not affiliated with Microbe-Lift. Our Online store is an independent reseller of Microbe-Lift products and proudly has the full line of Microbe-Lift products listed here that are available to us. If you are looking for a particular Microbe-Lift product that you don't see listed here, please call us and we will try to get it for you, still guaranteeing you the best price available online and offering fast shipping from one of our many warehouses throughout the United States. Check our promotional free shipping rates and see if your order qualifies for free freight.
How is MICROBE-LIFT/PL different
from other biological products for ponds?
There are a number of
important differences that make MICROBE-LIFT/PL far superior to other
Here are just a few:
1. MICROBE-LIFT/PL contains
photosynthetic bacteria which can be very beneficial in balancing the
ecology of a pond. These bacteria can use sunlight as a source of
energy, taking some of the load off of the aerobic heterotrophs. This is
why MICROBE-LIFT/PL has it's characteristic purple/red color. We do not
add food coloring or other types of pigments to our product! Like all
photosynthetic organisms, photosynthetic bacteria needs a pigmented
material to absorb the sunlight. Chlorophyll is responsible for the
green hues in plants. Carotenoids gives photosynthetic bacteria its
purple/red hue. Initially, when we start to grow our product, the medium
is clear. But after a few days of exposure to sunlight-as if by
magic-the bacteria synthesize this natural pigment and it turns
Since photosynthetic bacteria are so
very beneficial to ponds, other products claim to contain these bacteria
too. However, a product that is CLEAR CANNOT contain photosynthetic
bacteria because light passes through clear liquid...so it is simply
2. Ecological Laboratories, Inc.
is the basic manufacturer of MICROBE-LIFT/PL. Many other companies do
not produce their own bacteria. Their products are stock products: mass
produced by large culture manufacturers, sold for any number of
applications and packaged under a variety of labels. Most of these
products contain only aerobic heterotrophs and facultative anaerobes.
While these may provide some benefit in a pond environment, they cannot
balance the pond's ecosystem the way MICROBE-LIFT/PL's consortium of
aerobic heterotrophs, facultative anaerobes plus photosynthetic,
anaerobic and chemosynthetic organisms can.
3. MICROBE-LIFT/PL is a virtual
ecosystem in a bottle! It is grown in the container in which it is sold
because the organisms grow synergistically-the way they have to work in
your pond-together. Most products from mass producers of bacteria are
grown as individual strains in large tanks or, if they are a dry
product, in tray fermentors. Then they are blended before packaging
with very little knowledge of how they will interact in the pond
environment or any environment for that matter.
4. A single box of
MICROBE-LIFT/PL is so versatile that you would have to purchase three or
four of another company's individual products to achieve the same
results! So while the price of MICROBE-LIFT/PL may be a little higher
than some of our competition, you can end up saving three to four times
what you might have spent!
5. Upon being asked why we
recommend MICROBE-LIFT/PL and what it can do for a pond, the most
successful salesman from one of Microbe-Lift's best dealers simply replied:
"MICROBE-LIFT/PL cuts your maintenance in half!" Simple...very
If you want the secret to a crystal clean pond, here it is:
- Use beneficial bacteria. Beneficial bacterial eat ammonia, converting it to Nitrite, which further breaks down into Nitrate, releasing enzymes that literally "eat" the sludge layer on the bottom of your pond.
- Use barley pellets on rock ponds and barley extract on smooth lined or concrete ponds. Barley produces hydrogen peroxide as it decomposes at very safe rates (usually at 100 parts per million - koi and pond fish are tolerant at levels seven times that much). Hydrogen peroxide is a cleaning agent and goes after one of algae's main food sources.
- Use salt. Salt softens the water, buffers the Ph, and kills 7 of the 9 most common deadly viruses. Salt also aids in the production of slime coat, a major part of your fish's immune system leaving your fish healthier and less susceptible to disease.
Having a clean and healthy pond isn't difficult, it just takes a few ingredients, and a little knowledge. For personalized advice for your pond, call us! We're glad to help.