Dirty stocks tanks are a common problem in livestock management.
Not only do they become unsightly, but also unsanitary. Over time, dirty water becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes and
other waterborne insects. In many circumstances, the livestock will no longer consume the water, which can lead to dehydration
or even colic in horses.
Other products currently available to keep stock tanks clean may present an inconvenience.
Most existing products contain chemicals, which may be harmful to animals. Therefore, animals must be taken off the tank;
the tank must be emptied, scrubbed and then rewashed, rinsed and filled with fresh water. The process is time consuming, taking
up to several hours, dependent on the size of the tank. It is also messy, as the water removed from the dirty tanks makes
the surrounding area muddy.
Through Internet research, the inventors learned barley straw has been used to treat lakes
and streams in the United Kingdom for decades. Further research showed that many U.S. universities had completed studies on
barley straw as a water treatment. During product development, to assure Stock Tank Secret was completely safe, organically
grown barley straw was used and then processed to make it suitable for stock tanks. The processed barley straw was placed
in burlap bags. Several bags were placed in stock tanks and automatic waterers for horses. After about a week, the debris
in the tanks turned black. After scooping the debris out, the tanks stayed clean for more than 60 days. There were no ill
effects noted on any of the horses consuming water from the tanks. When the tank started to look dirty, a fresh bag was placed
into the water and the water became clean again within a few days.
A sample of the water containing the dead algae
was sent to Kansas State University for toxicology testing. There was no negative reaction.