ACCELOBAC® AG is a culture blend of strains of Bacillus subtilis, B. licheniformis, B. megaterium and B.polymyxa. The product is designed specifically for use in aquaculture. It contains special microbial cultures selected for their ability to produce large quantities of digestive enzymes in an aquatic environment and the high initial spore count/gram means that the product will have a long shelf-life because spores are the most resistant form in the life cycle. Remember that it is the bacteria that produce the enzymes, the more of the right kind of bacteria the more enzymes. The initial enzymes are quickly diluted and performance depends on subsequent production by the bacteria in ACCELOBAC® AG.
THE PROBLEM: The worldwide seafood catch is declining in relation to need. Although aquaculture now represents only a small percent of the combined total, a leveling off of the supply of ocean seafood together with the rising demand for fin fish and crustaceans means that aquaculture is the growth industry of the future. In this light, much emphasis has been placed on species selection, adaptation, feeding, rearing, harvesting, equipment or on other physical devices. But, little thought has been given to the accompanying aquatic environment, other than to change the water more often.
It is becoming evident that Mother Nature just can’t cope with the overload in the oceans and of uneaten feed, excreta, etc. and such in a confined aquatic environment. Where the water can be changed, it must be changed more often. Where the water can’t be changed, the confined aquatic environment deteriorates and so do profits.
Accumulation of uneaten feed and excreta create a sludge on the bottom and turbid water above. Digestion by indigenous microorganisms is slow and takes dissolved oxygen away from the crop. In addition, there is a build-up of ammonia, nitrites and other toxic or inhibitory products. Therefore, to improve the aquatic environment, there must be a reduction in accumulation of these substances. It is evident that these problems will not go away on their own. Also, it is evident that chemical and physical methods are costly and are only temporarily beneficial. Accordingly, what can be done that is both safe and cost effective?
THE SOLUTION: The best point of attack is to reduce the accumulation of sludge. This is done by bio augmentation of the existing microorganisms through regular addition of biological active seed cultures such as ACCELOBAC® AG on a regular preventive maintennance schedule. Bio augmentation means helping Mother Nature do a better job microbiologically by supplementing the indigenous microflora. This is in contrast to the continued use of chemicals or increasing the frequency of water change, if, in fact, the water can be changed at all. Just like aspirin relieves some cold symptoms but does not cure the cold, chemical additives or water changes temporarily relieve the symptoms of the poor aquatic environment, but do not cure the problem.
BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE SEED CULTURES: Nature abounds with microbial cultures in the air, soil and water. These microbes exist because they have adapted and continue to adapt to changes in the environment. They have adapted because they can metabolize certain surrounding substances to obtain energy and nutrients. But, this does not mean they can handle an ever-increasing load.
An aquatic environment with few fish or crustaceans would probably clean itself over time. However, such a system would not feed many people or make a profit for the grower. Intensive aquaculture involves many fish or crustaceans and as many cycles as possible during a season. Accordingly, the aquatic environment is not able to clean itself under these circumstances, and limits have been reached in many places as to water changes and the benefits of more chemical additives.
Mortality and poor or abnormal growth are symptoms of a bad aquatic environment. If the aquatic environment is improved, the symptoms will disappear because the cause has been eliminated. How can this be done?
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