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Aquarium water ammonia control, Fish hatchery water treatment decreases ammonia levels in
ponds and tanks; filtrates water for cleaner tanks.
Higher yields through making fertilizers more effective by preventing leeching and holding
valuable nutrients such as ammonium nitrate, potassium, magnesium and calcium as well as
trace elements for slow release as needed. Also produces long term soil improvements.
Soil amendments, Gardens/nursery beds
Reclamation/revegetation, Turf grass soil amendment
Golf course mixes
Retains nutrients longer to lower fertilizer costs; substantial yield improvements; less nutrient
leeching; long term soil improvement.
Benefits of using Zeolite in Horticulture applications :
Increases cation exchange capacity (CEC), Improves porosity. Water-holding properties,
Increases nitrogen retention in the soil, Reduces ammonia volatilization, Reduces nitrate
leaching, Improves potassium retention, Improves the utilization of nitrogen and phosphorus by
plants, Decreases water runoff and ponding, Decreases occurrence of localized dry spots,
Increases amount of water available to plants, Increases length of time between irrigations,
Inorganic substitute for peat moss in mixes, Increases in fertilizer use efficiency, Relieves
compacted soils, Excellent tolerance to traffic. LA wear index (%) is 24, USGA specs should
not exceed 40
Produces significant turf root improvement; dense and deeper feeder root system; less
fertilizers required; retention of key nutrients; increased soil potassium levels; permanent
increase in cation-exchange capacity.
Uses of Zeolite for landscaping :
Aerification, topdressing, new construction, greenhouse mixes, landscape mixes, golf course
mixes, planters, turf grass production
How does Using Zeolites benefit my Soil?
Using zeolite will cut fertilizer and water costs by holding the nutrients and water in the root
zone until the plant is ready to utilize them. Thereby requiring less fertilizer and water to be
applied. This promotes good stewardship of the land by reducing pollution brought on by
fertilizers leaching to the groundwater or running off into surface water sources. Zeolites, when
used properly, can yield some impressive results in regards to faster germination times, faster
growth rates, larger plants, and crop yields and reduced fertilizer and water applications.
Reduces water requirements during irrigation as zeolite holds moisture in the growth zone.
Zeolite has a high CEC that enables a greater loading of plant nutrients such as nitrogen &
micronutrients. The nutrients are held in the growth zone and are plant accessible but not water-
Reduces nitrogen fertilizer requirements as a large portion of nitrogen fertilizers leach through
the growth zone and into the aquifer. Zeolite will hold nitrogen and prevent the pollution of the
water table by nitrates and nitrites.
Zeolite prevents compaction, increases infiltration, and helps the aeration of deep root systems
due to its high surface area and porosity.
Zeolite is 100% natural for organic operations and when composted with manure, it becomes
a natural fertilizing system.
Stock feeds :
Diminishes ammonia toxicity and scouring; increases nitrogen levels in manures for higher
fertilizer values; reduces odor levels in sheds and a safer, slow release off ammonia from urea;
produces lower mortality rates in fowls and limits the moisture levels in organic wastes.
Odor Suppressant & Moisture Control for Livestock Operations
Natural zeolite provides a healthy and economical solution for odor and moisture control at
barns, stables, pens and CFO (confined feedlot operations). Zeolite is non-hazardous, non-
corrosive, non-toxic, and 100% natural. It is simply mined from quarries and meshed to
various sizes for various applications. Zeolite treats manure in bedding lanes and provides pen
• Reducing ammonia odors in the bedding lanes and pens,
• Controlling moisture content of the bedding lane & pens,
• Improving integrity/longevity of pens & bedding lanes,
• Reducing NH3 CO2 & other Greenhouse gases,
• Absorbing nitrogen & improving manure compost, and
• Improving air quality & reducing groundwater contamination.
These and other operational advantages lead to economic, health and aesthetic improvements
over current operations that try to react with or mask odors. The zeolite mineral is the simple,
innovative and natural solution the agriculture industry has been looking for to vastly improve
Zeolite will eliminate urine-generated ammonia odors from stables, feedlots, paddocks, pens,
litter boxes, hog & poultry houses, barns, and transportation trailers. Capturing and holding
ammonia (NH3) provides a safer and more comfortable environment for the animals, the
operators and the neighboring community. The zeolite structure via CEC (cation exchange
capacity) traps and holds ammonia and other animal odors without the need for chemical
additives (i.e.: lime and deodorants). The trapped ammonia allows for a natural slow-release
nitrogen fertilizer. The capture of ammonia prevents the loss of valuable nitrogen nutrients into
the atmosphere which is common in present operations. Secondary benefits include the
reduction of fly populations at the barn and manure pile. Currently, a study has concluded with
a leading feedlot in Alberta, Canada with very positive results.
Ammonia, when inhaled can cause severe damage to the respiratory tract in both animals and
operators. Even low concentrations of ammonia have proven to reduce or depress airway
defense mechanisms. Atmospheric NH3 depresses the intrapulmonary phagocytosis and the
bacteria from the airways and lungs. This results in a higher incidence and severity of
pneumonia which is often encountered in young livestock. Studies have revealed that higher
concentrations of NH3 over prolonged exposure periods result in decreased animal weight
gain and conversion rates.
Zeolite also absorbs moisture from livestock bedding. Zeolite, when added to bedding lanes is
proven to ensure bedding lane longevity. Up to 40% savings in operations is experienced in
large feedlots by the addition of zeolite to bedding lanes due to reduced stall maintenance and
change-outs. A zeolite enhanced bedding lane provides many advantages, both economic and
operational: reduces fly infestation, does not burn or crack animals hooves (as does lime) and
prevents sinking. The granular form of zeolite is non-dusting. It is important to keep the
bedding dry especially for new-borne and animals confined due to illness. Zeolite will retain
moisture and air in the soiled bedding. This accelerates manure composting. Zeolite will not
break down under trampling therefore providing better traction for animals and personnel even
when the material is wet. Tagging is also reduced since the moisture is controlled. It is
important to note that zeolite is easy to spread over the bedding lane and is effective with the
Basic Principles of Zeolite in Composting Operations
Zeolite has two methods of holding cations such as ammonium and plant nutrients. The first
method is by absorption in its porous matrix. The second method is by cation exchange (CEC)
- zeolite holds ammonium and other plant nutrients in the crystal structure where they are not
water-soluble but are plant-accessible on an as-needed time-release basis.
Zeolite Adds Value to Manure and Compost
Zeolite has a high affinity for the ammonium ion. This is a plant usable form of nitrogen. One of
only three forms of nitrogen that is plant accessible (ammonia/ammonium, nitrates and nitrites).
The introduction of zeolite with the manure, compost, or lagoon water to the soil has the added
benefit of increasing water retention, holding the nitrogen and other micro-nutrients in the
growth zone, providing a medium for the future capture of nitrogen, increasing the ion
exchange capacity of the soil, and enhancing infiltration and aeration of the soil. NASA has
been experimenting with zeolites as an efficient means of holding water and plant nutrients in a
growing media for deep space flights. Zeolite Use in Compost or Dry Stacked Manure
The compost or dry stacked manure should be top-dressed with a thin layer of zeolite after it
is turned or after the addition of a new layer of manure. Alternatively, a layer of zeolite should
be placed in the area of the barn receiving the fresh manure. Composting is an important
process that (1) converts organically bound nitrogen that is not plant accessible to ammonium
hydroxide, ammonium nitrate, and ammonia that are all plant accessible, (2) kills the
pathogens, (3) reduces or eliminates the odor, (4) dries the manure, (5) reduces the flies, and
(6) kills weed seeds. Composting should be conducted in-vessel to prevent groundwater and
air pollution. Wash down operations are no longer environmentally acceptable due to
groundwater pollution of nitrates, nitrites, and hydrogen sulfide.
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