Didn't work for me... By Shery on 4/30/2015
Shery wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Followed the directions completely, even did the second treatment. The problem did not get better, it got worse. I would not recommend using this.
Works as advertised By Deep Reef on 4/11/2015
Deep Reef would recommend this product to a friend
Having a problem with cyno everywhere. got my nutrients under control but it was still there. Used Red Slime Remover and with 24 hours it was gone with one treatment. It did make my skimmer go nuts for about a week, but they warn you in the documentation.
Not as happy with this product By Martha on 3/29/2015
Martha wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Had a recent outbreak of red cyano bacteria. This was our first experience with the dreaded slime. The ultralife definately slowed it down, but we wound up using another product to wipe it out.
Works As Advertised - Comes up short of 300gal as listed By plumkrazy80 on 3/3/2015
plumkrazy80 would recommend this product to a friend
Had a massive cyano outbreak in my tank. I had been keeping up with maintenance on my tank and even increased my water change interval, but it was still coming back with vengeance. After reading some reviews on here, I decided to give it a try. I used the 2 doses as advertised and it cleared about 90% of it up. Another couple water changes and I was good to go. No harm to any of my fish, inverts, and corals. I used air stones in my tank during the dosing as it specified. My only issue is that the package states it treats 300 gallons. I followed the directions exactly for the amount it requested and I came up about 2 spoonfuls short of 300 gallons. So if you have a large volume to treat, make sure you get some extra so you don't run out.
slime algae By Frank on 1/20/2015
Frank would recommend this product to a friend
One dose and the red slime is gone in two days. Noticed no ill effects on my fish, corals and inverts.
works as advertised. By Anthony on 1/16/2015
Anthony would recommend this product to a friend
I had a bit of cyano and was curious if this product actually worked. I can say in my case it cleared up the cyano just as stated on the package. I would use it again if needed.
Works Perfectly By Mario on 1/7/2015
Mario would recommend this product to a friend
I followed the instructions and after two applications all the cyano was gone. What I liked about this product is that it doesn't contain erythromycin and I could stay on my regularly scheduled water changes. Another plus is that I did not need to remove the carbon bags on my Red Sea Max C-250 tank.
Hope this helps if considering the product.
Works very well if used properly By Richard on 12/31/2014
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
I had an outbreak of the red cyano bacteria that was covering corals, rocks and the sand bed. After trying several other things I saw the video from BRS and decided to try it.
It works very well. One dose and then a second one 48 hours later. Running a carbon canister to up the O2 during the time being used.
The red slime is all gone. I plan on using this stuff again if it comes back.
Wonderful ptoduct! By Reefbear on 12/28/2014
Reefbear would recommend this product to a friend
I highly recommend this product,had been trying unsuccessfuly for a month to get rid of the red algae. Used this product per instructions, and algae disappeared in less than 3 days. Tank has been clear of algae for 2 weeks now!!
Awesome product By Mack jr on 12/8/2014
Mack jr would recommend this product to a friend
This works! Red slime gone in two days! Wow
Does exactly what it says. By Kelly on 12/5/2014
Kelly would recommend this product to a friend
I HAD a red slime red slime issue. I fought it hard for a good month or two without using chemicals. Just couldn't keep up with it. I saw this video and decided what the h... I got out as much as I could of the reds lime, did a 30% water change on a 50 gallon aquarium. I did the first dose, and notice the first 24 hours, the red slime wasn't growing wild. There was still some in the aquarium, but it wasn't growing. I waited 3 days, and did a half dose. I woke up the next day, and aquarium was spotless. It's been 2 weeks, and still no red slime. This works, but make sure you keep up on your regular cleaning routine so you don't have to dose your aquarium to death.
Works great, cut off your protein skimmer. By Brandon C. on 12/1/2014
Brandon C. would recommend this product to a friend
Followed directions and cyano bacteria was gone with in 48 hours. Treatment gave the protein skimmer a fit, so I waited until day three to turn it back on. No fish deaths or upset corals.
Works great. Don't be afraid to use it. By Dan on 10/13/2014
Dan would recommend this product to a friend
I've been fighting red slime (cyano) for almost a year spending $$$ on different type of GFOs, physical removal, doing water changes etc. At some point I was able to overcome 'professional' advises on the forums to never use anything like that and use it on my 180g reef. It worked! Now I use it once every 6 months for the last three years and thinking how stupid I was not using it before. I had to buy bigger package though since my system is big and it's cheaper to buy in bulk. I'm pretty sure all negative review on this product come from people who use it incorrectly or against wrong type of 'algae'. It only works against cyano! Which is actually not algae but bacteria.
Excellent Stuff- works as advertised By Red Slime Remover Works! on 6/14/2014
Red Slime Remover Works! would recommend this product to a friend
Couldn't be simpler: add the product and viola! the red slime disappears!
Use As Reccomended By Masterofpuppets on 3/8/2014
Masterofpuppets would recommend this product to a friend
This is A decent product but be very cautious dosing. This is A temporary fix in my opinion repeted doses will without A doubt cause more harm than good. This product contains erythromycin succinate which is an antibiotic that will kill cyanobacteria but will also deplete all beneficial bacteria in your system with continued use. RO water people! Get to the bottom of the problem and solve it..
Incomplete Results - But beware of Oxygen Depletion By Elsie on 1/11/2014
Elsie would recommend this product to a friend
I've been fighting this 'red' menace since last July 2013. Started in my 55 gal, eventually about Sept lost all my fish and what few corals I had. Shut it down, gravel & all - disassembled , cleaned all equipment, sump, skimmer,overflow, etc. Scrubbed all cyano algae off everything. Bit the bullet and bought a RO-DI (deluxe), bought a Carbon/GFO Reactor, containers to store my RO-DI and freshly made saltwater in, $$$$. 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
john would recommend this product to a friend
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
Neo wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
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
John R would recommend this product to a friend
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
Jeromy would recommend this product to a friend
Works. You need to follow the direction carefully.
Dangerous stuff By JP on 4/14/2013
JP wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
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
earlgrey23 would recommend this product to a friend
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.
works great By Robert on 4/4/2013
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
removed my red slim with one treatment
Worked Great By Alana on 1/14/2013
Alana would recommend this product to a friend
i have a 29 gal SW tank that has live rock, and is overstocked with fish. I went away on vacation and the tank was overfed and missed its once a week 10% water change. When i got back home, i realized that the back side of the rock (it is not touching the glass, but is not easily seen) was starting to turn red. At first i was not worried. Being my first SW tank, i thought it may just be something new growing that was OK.
After a bit i realized it was not ok, and after much research i figured out it was red slime algea. I tried water changes, and purchased a few more snails for the tank. I worked on getting my nitrates down (this was also around the time i learned that my LFS was selling water that was not the cleanest - i have just placed an order for my own RO/DI unit).
The snails would get after the red slime (i would actually place the snail directly on the slime) but the slime would be back the next day.
I decided to finally use this product. I followed directions, however i did not use the full amount because i was still afraid, based on some other reviews i had seen.
I gave the first dose. I turned off my skimmer. My water (which was normally crystal clear) turned a cloudy yellow for a few moments. I have peppermint shrimp, chromis, clowns, emerald crab, snails, zoas, blenny, and gobby. I did not lose a single fish, and non of the fish even seemed bothered by the treatment. Even a few minutes after treatment, they were all begging for food.
On the 3rd day, i could see a huge difference in the red slime. It was basically gone. The larger tendrils where gone, with only small areas of rock with a slime covering. I did a 20% water change. Then did a second treatment.
I waited another 3 days and then did another 20% change. All red slime was gone.
I turned my skimmer back on, and it did go a little nuts for a little while and probably pulled out about 1 cup (as in measuring cup) of water (i stood by and kept emptying the skimmer). Then the skimmer settled down.
I think i may have done another 10% water change the next day. I generally do a 10% change once a week, and one 20% change a month.