SILTEX

SILTEX is a natural and inexpensive way to reduce organic silt and improve water quality in both lakes and rivers, in private and public waterways. It is environmentally friendly and harmless to plants and animals, and because it recycles organic material, it is of great benefit to the aquatic ecosystem. SILTEX also stimulates the aquatic food chain and helps to increase biodiversity.

WHAT IS SILTEX?

SILTEX is made from highly porous calcium carbonate consisting of microscopic particles with an average size of less then 5 microns (5/1,000 of a millimetre). Being a natural calcium carbonate it is completely harmless to plants and wildlife.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF USINGS SILTEX?

  • It decreases organic and oxidisable matter which is displayed as a reduction in silt levels.
  • It increases oxygenation and stimulates aerobic micro-organisms.
  • It improves water clarity by settling suspended water-borne solids.
  • It reduces methane production by silt body.
  • It counteracts acidity in the water and the silt.
  • It provides essential calcium for plants and wildlife.
  • It increases biodiversity within the water bodies.

WHERE CAN IT BE USED?

SILTEX can be used in freshwater environments such as ponds, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, canals and fisheries where organic silt accumulation is a problem. It can also be used to raise the pH value of water bodies suffering from acidification.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Silt is organic matter, plus sand and clay, combined with water, which forms a spongy mass. Organic silt accumulates when the micro-organisms that normally feed on the organic matter are no longer present, due to low oxygen levels and increased acidity. The microscopic SILTEX particles are able to penetrate right in to the silt layer and create the right environment for the micro-organisms to re-establish themselves and start to digest the organic matter, thus reducing the silt volume. SILTEX works best when the silt has a high organic content, combined with acidity.

HOW DO YOU APPLY SILTEX?

SILTEX is supplied in 25Kg bags and can be applied by simply sprinkling it over the water surface. Large areas of water can be treated by applying SILTEX from a bat. SILTEX is applied at a rate of 1 tonne (1,000Kg) per acre of water surface for the first dressing followed by a second dressing of 800Kg per acre 6 months later. It is important to treat all of the water surface and not just the worst affected areas. Most sites will benefit from regular treatments to combat continual organic accumulation from trees and other vegetation .

If you would like further information regarding SILTEX, or to place an order, please contact:

Aquatic Chalks Ltd

enquiries@ajsfisheries.co.uk

Tel: 01476 870647