Aquatics brand Tetra has launched Pond FilterStart Bacteria, a water conditioner which combines two types of natural, highly active bacteria to ensure optimal pond care.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBy activating pond filters and reducing filter mud levels, the solution claims to boost effective biological filtration and eliminate ammonia and nitrite. This is to improve the service life of filters and make ongoing pond maintenance and cleaning easier.\r\n\r\nAs most filter bacteria are lost through the regular cleaning required or after dormant periods, such as winter, Tetra\u2019s Pond FilterStart aims to \u201ckick start\u201d pond season as the water temperatures rise above 10\u00b0c, helping to replenish lost bacteria to restore biological balance in garden ponds.\r\n\r\nIn doing so, the conditioner extends the intervals between cleaning and increases the filter\u2019s service life. It also contains bacteria from Tetra\u2019s own biofarm to break down harmful substances. These bacteria are responsible for breaking down ammonia and nitrite, which are toxic for fish. With its mix of natural bacteria, Tetra Pond FilterStart helps to restore the biological balance in garden ponds.\r\n\r\nAshleigh Foster, aquatics marketing manager at Tetra, said: \u201cWe\u2019re excited to launch our new Pond FilterStart Bacteria water conditioner, which makes caring for ponds and fish even easier than before. Our solution, which includes bacteria from our very own biofarm, helps to break down harmful substances including organic pollutants that can build up in the pond filter during winter due to fish waste, food remains and foliage to ensure waters are biologically balanced.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Tetra Pond FilterStart Bacteria conditioner is available in 500ml and 1L bottles from February with an RRP of \u00a3162 and \u00a326.702.