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If PondClear and MuckAway are both beneficial bacteria products, what is the difference?
ASKED BY: MaryBeth of Worthington, MA
ASKED BY: MaryBeth of Worthington, MA

If PondClear and MuckAway are both beneficial bacteria products, what is the difference?

A: In 1998, an American microbiologist worked out that the number of bacteria on Earth at that time was five million trillion trillion. This is the number 5 followed by thirty zeroes – an impossible number to comprehend.

That's a lot of microorganisms.

With all those different types of bacteria, it's safe to say that not all bacteria work the same way. PondClear and MuckAway both contain human- and animal-safe bacteria that will reduce nutrients and improve the overall balance of your farm pond or lake, but they differ in the types of debris they target.

Suspended Debris
Airmax PondClear focuses on debris that lives in the water column. The suspended material may cause your pond or lake to appear cloudy, but the beneficial microorganisms in PondClear disperse throughout the pond, consuming and digesting that organic matter, leaving you with clean, clear, odor-free water and a good ecosystem. It's even safe to use in ponds and lakes that water horses, livestock, pets, birds and other wildlife, as well as those that contain game fish.

Sunken Debris
Airmax MuckAway focuses on reducing sunken organic debris – also known as pond muck – that has accumulated along the beach, shoreline or pond bottom. The MuckAway pellets sink below the water's surface and dissolve, releasing hungry beneficial bacteria that instantly begin consuming and digesting the settled debris. The all-natural muck buster is perfect for spot-treating trouble areas and controlling leeches by destroying their habitat. As with PondClear, MuckAway is safe to use around horses, livestock, pets, birds, wildlife and in lakes that contain game fish.

A Perfect Pair
The bacteria in MuckAway and PondClear work well on their own, but they really take care of business when used together. Used as directed, this dynamic duo will begin working right away and deliver a clear, clean, fresh-smelling pond. If you have issues with water clarity, odor and muck, give these bacteria a try.