How to use beneficial bacteria

How to use liquid gold

Beneficial bacteria can be extracted from the filtration systems of other ecosystems at equilibrium. Those are called donor systems. Ideally a donor system would not contain ‘species of impact’ to the fish you are preparing to house (not the same species). These beneficial bacteria are HIGHLY sensitive to temperature and water quality they need high oxygen levels they should not be stored for any length of time. If they are stored in cooler environments, like a cellar floor, they will last longer… I would not trust them after a day, unless chilled. Or if they start to smell like rotten eggs. The key to their use is to install a sponge filtration system and pump it wide open, and then apply enough of the beneficial bacteria to *fully* cloud the water. Let the filter run and clear that up. Done correctly, with an adequate sponge filtration system, the water will be crystal clear in the morning. If you want to apply a little bit more in a couple of hours, you certainly can.  If you are trying to “bio seed” a system with healthy or live fish in it, you can put the mixture (freshly shaken) into a 5 gallon bucket with a little hole punched in the side and let it run in slowly that way. If you have 10 gallons of liquid gold, you’re going to need two five gallon buckets LOL.  If you don’t have enough, you need to try to get more. If you have too much, please put that in the main pond by putting it into the skimmer. Turn off your UV

Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.