Ultra-Archaea

Supercharging Mother Nature - 100% natural, hardy and fast-acting microbes that have an affinity for oil

Ultra-Archaea

Part # Model Weight lbs. (kg) Quantity
5238Shakers.5 (.2)1 Shaker
5239Shakers2 (.9)1 Shaker
5232Water Soluble Packets (6 per box)1 (.5)1 Box of 6 Packets
5233Bulk Bag25 (11.3)1 Bag
5234Mini Boom, 6-Pack2 (.9)1 Box of 6 Booms
5257Bulk Bag - 90-billion, Sugar25 lbs (11kg)1 Bag
525212-pack1.5 lbs (0.7 kg)12-Pack (24 Tablets per Pack)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Bioremediation refers to any method that uses microorganisms to break down organic materials.

Ultra-Archaea are microorganisms that have been collected from natural water and soil sources around the world. They are selected for their particular affinity for consuming hydrocarbon-based pollutants and organic material and are cultivated in a way that maximized the speed at which they consume these pollutants.

Ultra-Archaea will digest hydrocarbon molecules and break them down into harmless byproducts of water, carbon dioxide and lipids (a natural, soluble fatty material that is food for fish and plants). The more complex the hydrocarbon, the longer this process may take (for example, kerosene and diesel will be consumed more quickly than motor oil). This naturally occurring process is supercharged by adding these specific microbes to any oil spill or contaminated area (see list of known applications in the table below). It infuses as many as 5 billion microbes per gram into an oil spill, greasy catch basin, oil/water separator, etc. and within hours these microbes have reproduced from billions per gram to trillions. With water, oxygen and an organic food source (such as oil) these microbes will form vast colonies and digest and remediate oil on land and on water, as well as grease traps, septic tanks, storm drains and almost any other area where contaminants are present.

After approximately ninety days or when the microbes have been deprived of water, oxygen, or a food source, the microbe colony will begin to naturally die off, allowing the indigenous microbes to return to pre-contamination levels.

The Ultra-Archaea are shipped dormant in a bentonite-clay-based carrier. When the carrier dissolves in water, the microbes become activated and water may become temporarily murky due to the infusion of the clay. This is to be expected.

Ultra-Archaea only need what most forms of life need: oxygen, water, food (hydrocarbon or organic material) and an acceptable temperature (32° – 120°F.) and pH (5.5 – 10.0).

  • Completely natural, so they are a “green” solution.
  • Can eliminate the need for absorbent products & their disposal problems/costs.
  • Can be used to clean up oil spills on water, in soil, or on hard surfaces and can even be used to remove old stains in asphalt or concrete.
  • A very small volume of microbes is needed compared to the area being treated.

The Ultra-Archaea microbes will either die, return to former natural concentration levels, or be eaten by other organisms. The microbes have an effective lifespan of approximately three months.  Once Ultra-Archaea microbes have died off, indigenous microbes will return to pre-contamination levels.

Carbon dioxide, water, trace carbon, and lipids (white fatty acids). The lipids are actually a source of food for larger organisms and vegetative life.

The Ultra-Archaea begin working immediately, once activated by saltwater or freshwater and a food source. Remediation times vary from several hours to several weeks depending on the type and concentration of the hydrocarbon or organic food source. For example, light fuels floating on water will be gone within a few hours. Heavy crude oil in soil will require several months.

Yes, Ultra-Archaea have a 5-year shelf life.  Once the Ultra-Archaea are activated, the microbes will continue to work for up to three months before they begin to die off and another dose needs to be applied.

Yes, the products are 100% environmentally safe, non-toxic, and contain no pathogens.

No, microbes are found everywhere in the environment and are the original recyclers of organic materials. The average human adult carries approximately 3 lbs. of microbes on and in the body.

It will taste like mud and could make you sneeze, but it is non-toxic and non-pathogenic.

How much pollutant in the water or soil will determine how often Ultra-Archaea need to be reapplied and how long it will take for full remediation.  But in most cases, the information below is a good starting point.

For initial application:

  • 1 lb of Ultra-Archaea mixed into a 55 Gallon drum of water will cover 200 sq ft of water.
  • 1 lb of Ultra-Archaea mixed with 1 gallon of water will treat 1 cubic yard of soil.

Reapply as needed based on any test results. If needed, increase amount applied or apply more frequently.  Do not allow the treatment site to dry completely.

If results are not noticeable within a few days of the first treatment, reapplication frequency or quantity can be increased.

A sheen of oil on water might take a day or two to clear up. Areas with heavy contamination will take longer to fully remediate, and in the worst cases (contaminated areas that have been untouched for years) could take weeks or months for significant results.

Once the Ultra-Archaea begin to work with acceptable speed and results, continue applying new Ultra-Archaea every 4-6 weeks until full remediation has occurred.

Ultra-Archaea products should be stored and applied between 40°F and 120°F. Temperatures outside that range may cause the microbes to become ineffective. Ultra-Archaea should not be exposed to radiation. Ultra-Archaea should only be used in applications where the pH is between 5.5 and 9.5.

    This product may not address any specific regulations but if you have any questions, we’re here to help.