All Microbe Lift-Legacy koi foods incorporate two strains of probiotics - beneficial micro-organisms that promote health and vitality in koi and goldfish. The concept of probiotics—direct-fed microbials (DFM)—began in the early 1950’s when researchers observed a positive growth response in animals fed with antibiotics. This led researchers to theorize that intestinal microflora may play a role in health and vitality. Continued research has determined that a delicate balance exists in the intestinal tract between beneficial and potentially harmful bacteria. The balance of these two bacterial groups in the fish’s intestines is an important factor which can be upset by a stresses, such as shipping; changes in diet, water quality, water temperature and/or environment; additions of new aquatic life; etc. If the beneficial intestinal bacteria decrease and the potentially harmful bacteria increase, it is possible to compromise fish health and performance.
Additionally, koi and goldfish have no stomachs and use their intestinal tract for digestion, so it is important that enzyme producers survive and germinate there. Because of their efficient enzyme production and other metabolite-producing capabilities for intestinal tract conditions, Ecological Laboratories, Inc. has specifically selected two strains of Bacillus (B. subtilis and B. licheniformis) for inclusion in all of its fish foods. We call them Nature’s Building BlocksTM. FDA (USA) and EU (European Union) Approved, these bacteria have been tested for 1) strain stability, 2) efficacy and 3) safety. Extensively studied, they were found to be genetically stable, non-genetically modified, produce no toxins, and—being naturally occurring organisms—environmental impact studies show these strains pose no threat to the environment.