RED LIGHTNING Pond Sludge Removal

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RED LIGHTNING Pond Sludge Removal



Red Lightning is a vegetable powder on which are fixed trillions of freeze dried bacteria. These bacteria come to life when hey come into contact with water and multiply to become huge numbers which then commence sludge treatment.

Half a Bag Treats 5,000 gallons (24m³)

Sludge occurs in slow moving and static water at the bottom of ponds and lakes. It basically consists or organic waste from fish excreta and dead plants that drop to the bottom and becomes a thick brown sediment. The nutrients in it can promote the growth of unwelcome and harmful bacteria which in turn can reduce water quality affecting both flora and fauna. It can also make the water look cloudy and unpleasant. At worst it can produce noxious gases such as H2S (Hydrogen Sulphide) which give the smell of rotten eggs. All in all it is a bad thing to have and a good thing to get rid of.

RED LIGHTNING has been developed scientifically to release bacteria which colonise the layers of sludge and degrade the organic matter.

The bacteria in RED LIGHTNING have a broad range of metabolic activities producing a specific range of enzymes which break down fish excrement and uneaten food, dead plant matter and other materials which cause sludge leaving the water crystal clear.

The enzymes produced by RED LIGHTNING bacteria include Amylase which degrades starch, Cellulase which degrades plant and vegetable matter, Lipase which reduces fats oils and grease and Protease which degrades proteins.

Packaging may differ from illustration shown as we now supply in water soluble bags to help reduce plastic pollution. 

COMPLETELY SAFE TO FISH AND ALL AQUATIC FAUNA and flora including grasses and di-cotyledons. Available in 450g water soluble sachets (suitable for ponds up to 22,000 gallons) Consists of about a TRILLION bacteria ready brewed which can be added to the pond instantly.

Simply throw the sachet into the centre of the pond or where the Blanket Weed is growing and the bacteria will discourage the Blanket Weed and clarify the water. If you wish to part use the sachet then be sure to keep what you don’t use in a dry place. You will need a boat for larger ponds and lakes to reach the middle area.

APPLICATION: Red Lightning has been designed to work in tandem with GREEN LIGHTNING and consists of freeze dried bacteria fixed to a base material (maize) When these bacteria come into contact with water they become active and produce the necessary enzymes to control the sludge. Red Lightning comes in handy water soluble bags in varying weights as shown on the cart. Simply throw the bag into the water where it will dissolve and release the bacteria. The overall results are effective control of sludge and greater improvement in water clarity. 

Volume in Gallons Volume in M³ Use now Use every 30 Days
5,000  24  ½ small bag ½ small bag
10,000  46  1 large bag ½ small bag
22,000  100  1 bag 1 large bag
44,000  200  2 large bags 1 bag
66,000  300  3 large bags 2 bags
88,000  400  4 large bags 2 bags
110,000  500  5 large bags 3 bags
132,000  600  6 large bags 3 bags
154,000  700  7 large bags 4 bags
176,000  800  8 large bags 4 bags
198,000  900  9 large bags 5 bags
220,000  1000  10 large bags 5 bags

Smaller Pond Treatment

As you will see a single 225 gram bag of Red Lightning is the smallest size we sell and so, for smaller ponds, you can use less. The recommended doses are listed above but please remember to store the unused Red Lightning in a dry place. Where the water temperature is low put chosen contents into a bucket of warm water and leave over-night in a warm environment. Next day tip the contents into your pond. Repeat every 2-3 weeks until all the contents are used.

A 450g water soluble bag treats up to 22,000 gallons and can be used to treat smaller ponds. SIMPLY THROW THE BAG INTO THE POND and the water soluble plastic will dissolve. Contains approximately a TRILLION ready brewed freeze dried bacteria which rapidly act to remove SLUDGE from your pond and clarify the water.

Pond Keeping Advice

One of the catalysts for Blanket Weed is fish excrement and ammonia so overfeeding fish will cause the weed to grow faster. In general most fish will eat everything they are given so it is essential to try and feed only what is necessary. Try NOT to pull out blanket weed unless really prolific because the spores produced by the weed are then released into the pond and cause more weed to grow.

Make sure that fertilisers are not seeping into your pond from nearby fields or lawns. When topping up your pond try and use rainwater if possible as tap water often contains higher mineral contents which also cause the blanket weed to grow more quickly

Blanket Weed also likes bright sunlight to photosynthesise and fast shallow water since this becomes well oxygenated and again increases weed growth.

Other methods of getting rid of blanket weed naturally, which are recommended, are the insertion of a bag of Zeolite, which absorbs ammonia. Be sure to change the bag at least once a month.

Natural-Balance: If you did nothing to your pond at all and never fed your fish equilibrium would be established as happens in nature. This would result in a few fish surviving and the water becoming populated with a variety of flora and fauna. There would most likely be very little if any blanket weed. It is therefore in most cases the upsetting of nature’s equilibrium which causes excessive weed and we have attempted on this site to show you how you can attempt to naturally restore equilibrium by using natural and totally safe methods.

RL1 = £45 (10,000 gallons)
RL2 = £79 (44,000 gallons)
RL3 = £112 (66,000 gallons)
RL4 = £144 (88,000 gallons)
RL5 = £175 (110,000 gallons)
RL6 = £204 (132,000 gallons)
RL7 = £236 (154,000 gallons)
RL8 = £265 (176,000 gallons)
RL9 = £288 (198,000 gallons)
RL10 = £310 (220,000 gallons)
RL30 = £745 (660,000 gallons)


We also sell GREEN Lightning - the “NATURAL” Blanket Weed Killer