The Science Behind It
The cells of algae and aquatic plants can be thought of as a series of well-engineered structures. These structures are made of complex proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and minerals. Chlorophyll is stored within the chloroplasts in the cell, and chlorophyll is how a plant gets it energy to grow from sunlight. This intricate framework allows algae and aquatic plants to grow and thrive while aiding in resistance to chemical treatments.
Improving the performance of contact algaecides and aquatic herbicides
Contact algaecides (copper products, peroxides, and diquat) must contact the cell wall and enter the cell to be effective. Lack of penetration and intercellular movement of these chemistries reduces their effectiveness. PondZilla Pro degrades dead plant cell walls and weakens cellular integrity when used with an algaecide formulation. Killing all susceptible cells reduces the risk of algae developing any resistance to chemical treatments.
Some filamentous algaes, Pithophora for example, use akinetes (“survival cells”) to store vital growth components and protect themselves from distress. These cells are characterized by thick cell walls. The reinforced outer cell wall pictured above is visible by its opacity in comparison to adjoining cells. This helps the cells resist chemical attack and allows for regrowth when conditions become more favorable. PondZilla Pro dissolves the walls of dead cells and akinetes and breaks down stored carbohydrates when combined with contact algaecides.
Pondzilla Pro lyses and dissolves dead plant material quickly
Improving the performance of systemic herbicides
Systemic herbicides (i.e. glyphosate, imazapyr, or triclopyr) travel through the cell disrupting processes such as amino acid synthesis, cell division, and photosynthesis. Systemic herbicides tend to work slower, but they do translocate into multiple parts of the plant (1). However, herbicide resistance has been studied in detail (2) and can reduce overall treatment performance and consistency. For this reason, we focus on a complete degradation of the dead plant structure and aquatic herbicide dispersion to all susceptible cells.
When combined with systemic herbicides, PondZilla Pro speeds movement into the cells by breaking down the cellular framework of dead cells, promoting rapid nutrient recovery, and decomposing dead plant material from the inside out. PondZilla Pro works synergistically with systemic herbicides and ensures thorough and complete degradation of dead aquatic plants.
This graph illustrates the effect PondZilla Pro has on the efficiency of algaecides. The data was gathered by Natualake Biosciences over an extended period of time during product testing. An algaecide mixed with PondZilla Pro shows an immediate jump in efficiency over an algaecide used alone, working over 4 times better when applied properly.
NOTE: PondZilla Pro DOES NOT kill aquatic plants or algae.
After applicators for this 3 acre pond controlled one Pithophora outbreak, they were hit with another. They sent samples to our lab for testing, which showed their pond had Oedogonium and Calothrix, as well as Pithophora. We recommended treating the pond with PondZilla Pro and MD Pellets. The applicators mixed the PondZilla Pro in with their algaecide and treated the algae, and then returned two weeks later and treated the pond with MD Pellets.
This graph shows the time it took- from receiving testing to the last of the algae degrading- to resolve the pond’s issues. PondZilla Pro was able to act as an adjuvant for the algaecide and aid in the complete degradation of the dead algae. The MD Pellets then worked with the indigenous bacteria to fixate excess nutrients in the water. These products not only helped the applicators get rid of the algae for good, but also clarified the water.
|Ingredients||Biostimulants, select cultures, and other proprietary ingredients|
|Stability – Activity loss||At 75 degrees F for 12 months*: 10% or less; At 100 degrees F for 6 months*: 10% or less; *When stored as directed in a sealed container out of direct sunlight.|
|Storage and Handling||Store in a cool, dry space between 50-80 degrees F|
* This product is not for use in California, Michigan, Washington, New York and several others. Rules for application must be followed in each state. Some states will not allow the use of this product and others have special permits. Call us, 888.757.9577 for more information.
Dosage RatesPondZilla Pro works over a wide pH range, but for best results use citric acid or a low-pH surfactant to adjust tank mix to a pH of 4 to 6.
Super Dose: 15 gallons per acre
Regular Dose: 1/2-3 gallons per acre initially and 1-3 gallons per month thereafter
Pollen Dose: 2 gallons per acre sprayed on the surface
Leaf Degradation: 1-3 gallons per acre per month followed by 10 lbs of MD Pellets
Water Feature & Small decorative ponds
Ponds and Lakes
Golf Course Ponds
Aquaculture, hatcheries, raceways
Used as an adjuvant
Less Chemical Use
Cleans Up Dead Plant Mess
Improves Water Quality
Used with Algaecide and Herbicide
Rainfast via Improved Absorption
Safer for the Environment and the Applicator
This HOA pond in southern Florida had a persistent problem with Hygrophila. They decided to try PondZilla Pro, and combined it with the herbicide they regularly used. In two months, the water that had been choked with Hygrophila completely clear and the majority of the plant had been degraded.
This 1-acre wide floating tussock was formed when treated algae picked up runoff sediment and peat and started to grow cattails, sawgrass, arrowroot, and water lily. The floating tussock was too big to be excavated economically, so applicators used an herbicide to kill the plants growing on it and began a monthly treatment of PondZilla Pro and MD Pellets to degrade the dead organics and muck. After six treatments of PondZilla Pro and MD Pellets, the floating tussock had cleared up to the picture of the right.
1-gallon containers, minimum order of 1 case (6 gallons)
2.5-gallon containers, minimum order of 1 case (5 gallons)