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UltraLife Red Slime Remover

SKU: 207118

  • Works great. Don't be afraid to use it. By Dan on 10/13/2014

    I've been fighting red slime (cyano) for almost a year spending $$$ on different type of GFOs, physical removal, doing water changes etc. At some point I was able to overcome 'professional' advises on the forums to never use anything like that and use it on my 180g reef. It worked! Now I use it once every 6 months for the last three years and thinking how stupid I was not using it before. I had to buy bigger package though since my system is big and it's cheaper to buy in bulk. I'm pretty sure all negative review on this product come from people who use it incorrectly or against wrong type of 'algae'. It only works against cyano! Which is actually not algae but bacteria.
  • Excellent Stuff- works as advertised By Red Slime Remover Works! on 6/14/2014

    Couldn't be simpler: add the product and viola! the red slime disappears!
  • Use As Reccomended By Masterofpuppets on 3/8/2014

    This is A decent product but be very cautious dosing. This is A temporary fix in my opinion repeted doses will without A doubt cause more harm than good. This product contains erythromycin succinate which is an antibiotic that will kill cyanobacteria but will also deplete all beneficial bacteria in your system with continued use. RO water people! Get to the bottom of the problem and solve it..
  • Incomplete Results - But beware of Oxygen Depletion By Elsie on 1/11/2014

    I've been fighting this 'red' menace since last July 2013. Started in my 55 gal, eventually about Sept lost all my fish and what few corals I had. Shut it down, gravel & all - disassembled , cleaned all equipment, sump, skimmer,overflow, etc. Scrubbed all cyano algae off everything. Bit the bullet and bought a RO-DI (deluxe), bought a Carbon/GFO Reactor, containers to store my RO-DI and freshly made saltwater in, $$$$. Started everything up again, and the nuisance has come back, not once, but twice. Just two days ago I saw it starting up again. Have used this product several times, yes, along with others. It will stop the progression, but for me it will no take it out entirely. I am very disheartened.p
  • excellent product By john on 12/22/2013

    This product works as described. Skimmer goes crazy for a week or so, but it's OK to turn it off during treatment. I have a mature mixed reef with tons of inverts and nothing was harmed and cyano was eradicated with one dose that was 25% the recommended amount.

    As for the risk of a mini cycle, I haven't seen evidence of this I my system. I'm sure some beneficial bacteria was killed, but in general cyano is not the same structure of beneficial bacteria colonies, it's a different animal entirely. Taken with the fact that I had no ammonia or nitrites spike I think it's a safe, quality solution to red slime algae.
  • Dont waste your time and money By Neo on 12/17/2013

    Bought this item hoping to get rid of the problem which is algae red and green. I followed the instructions but at the end no change. Try a different product so you don't spend twice the money like I'm going to do!
  • Quick removal By John R on 7/31/2013

    I added this to my tank and within a few days all the algae disappeared from my sand bed. Works nice and quick as long as you follow the instructions
  • Works By Jeromy on 7/30/2013

    Works. You need to follow the direction carefully.
  • Dangerous stuff By JP on 4/14/2013

    I used this product once, and it does work if you carefully follow the directions. However, it contains erythromycin succinate, a broad spectrum antibiotic which will kill, along with the cyanobacteria, much of the desirable/necessary bacteria in your system. By using this product, you risk causing your system to cycle all over again, which can be disastrous to the inhabitants of an established system.

    The person I spoke with at the UltraLife company also had an entirely cavalier attitude, refusing to address my concerns or answer my questions about the product contents. I will never use this product again, even though my experience with it was not a particularly negative one.

    I would recommend any chemical cyanobateria remover only in the case where corals are being suffocated by the stuff. For minor or moderate cases of infestation, PLEASE do not dump chemicals into the tank. Improve your husbandry and the cyanobacteria will slowly burn itself out and subside on its own.

    If you MUST use a chemical, I would suggest Boyd's ChemiClean instead. It does not contain antibiotics, and while its effects may not be as dramatic as the UltraLife, it is much, much safer for your system.

    Prevention is the key, so whatever you do, after your tank clears, fix the root of the problem so you won't need to use such products again.
  • Save me completely and the hobby for me. By earlgrey23 on 4/12/2013

    I had tried everything I could and was on the verge of just calling it quits. My fish and corals were fine, but the tank was disgusting. No amount of water changes, and reduction in feeding and new media was helping.

    The 40 gallon breeder was covered in red slim....

    two treatments, one week and this product got rid of it all, my tank is pristine and everyone seems to be doing great.

    It is amazing and I am in love with it again.

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