Effects of Enzyme Treatment on Aquatic Life
The effects of enzyme treatment on aquatic life depend on several factors. They include pH, dissolved solids, free metal ions, and the presence of inhibitors and activators.
However, how much of an effect hydrogen ions have depends on the buffering capacity of the system.
Reduces Algae Growth
An enzyme treatment can reduce algae growth by boosting the production of natural enzymes that convert carbon dioxide into bicarbonate. This is important because when there are not enough enzymes in the water, it will become acidic and cause damage to aquatic life.
A common way to control algae is with chemical algaecides; however, they can harm plants and other animals in the pond. They can also stunt plant growth and have other negative effects.
Algaecides can be dangerous because they kill all the beneficial bacteria in the pond, which is essential for maintaining a balanced ecology. Without these bacteria, algae grow exponentially and suffocate other species.
This can be a serious problem for lakes. Not corrected will lead to fish and other aquatic life die-offs. The right mix of aeration, water movement, and chemicals can help keep your lake healthy and alive. This is why looking at all your options for controlling algae is important.
Reduces Chlorine Demand
Chlorine is the primary sanitizer used to kill microorganisms in a water supply. It is also used to oxidize non-living contaminants like sunscreen, bather waste, oils, cosmetics, lotions, and nitrogen compounds like urea and ammonia.
These non-living can cause many problems for the aquatic life in a pool. They can even be toxic in high concentrations, so ensuring that you have the proper amount of chlorine is essential for healthy swimmers.
However, if you constantly pour chlorine into your pool to keep up with the demands of aquatic life, there may be something wrong. This is known as ‘chlorine demand’ or ‘free chlorine residuals,’ If you are experiencing this in your pool, it is time to take action.
Enzyme treatment is a simple yet effective way to reduce the oxidant demand that drives up free chlorine levels. Managing this non-living organic oxidant demand, primarily driven by organic debris such as suntan lotions and body oils, means more free chlorine is available to sanitize the water.
Reduces Ammonia & Nitrates
When a fish tank becomes overstocked with organic matter, ammonia can build up. Ammonia irritates most aquatic life and can cause them to become sick or die.
Enzyme treatment is an effective way to remove ammonia and other nitrates from an aquarium. Nitrates can be a problem in fish tanks for many reasons, including poor tank maintenance and overcrowding.
Ammonia is a harmful waste product that microorganisms can produce in sediments and other parts of the water environment. Sediment ammonia usually results from the bacterial decomposition of organic matter that accumulates in sediments.
Human activities and land use changes can significantly contribute to ammonia concentration in surface waters. These sources include stormwater runoff and leakage or leaching into groundwater supplies; atmospheric emissions and deposition; direct effluent discharges from animal wastes, sewage, aquaculture, and fertilizers; and nitrogenous vehicle emissions.
Reduces Dissolved Solids
In aquatic life, dissolved solids are a major source of oxidative damage. These can cause osmoregulation problems, nutrient absorption issues, and, eventually, system failures.
This is why enzyme treatment can help to reduce dissolved solids in the water. By adding an enzyme to the water, you are helping to break down some compounds that can make it difficult for water to remain clear and clean.
The results from our research show that when enzymes are used, dissolved solids can be reduced by up to 96%. This is a significant benefit in a spa and can save you money as well.
Enzymes can dissolve and degrade a wide range of organic molecules. However, they need to be chosen carefully and developed to not adversely affect living organisms. This is why enzymes are an excellent choice for treating spa water. They will also keep your spa looking clean and fresh. This will ensure a healthy and happy environment for your guests to enjoy.