Dr Tim's Aquatics Waste-Away Time Release Gels continuously release good bacteria into the aquarium water. These good bacteria consume nitrate, phosphate and organics keeping the tank cleaner and the water clearer. No need for dosing pumps, tubing or connection such unzip the shrink wrap, adhere the provided suction cup and stick the gel in your tank, sump or filter box.
The gels last up to 30 days and will change color to indicate they need to be replaced.
Why you need to use Waste-Away Gels - Whether your aquarium is freshwater, saltwater or a reef the unintended consequence of much of the filtration on the system is the removal of good bacteria. We are not talking about the beneficial nitrifying bacteria but a group of free-swimming bacteria in the water. These bacteria consume nutrients, like phosphate and nitrate, along with organics. The nutrient that consume are then no longer available to algae and unsightly bacteria like cyanobacteria.
But skimmers, UV-systems, filter socks and other filtration components remove these good bacteria from the water column but leave behind the nutrients and organics. Now nuisance organisms that grow on surfaces like algae, hair algae, cyanobacteria, and dinoflagellates have no competition and flourish. That is why one wrong approach to eliminating cyanobacteria is to get a bigger skimmer - this just removes more good bacteria from the water making the cyano worse.
The key to a getting rid of these nuisance organisms long-term is to add bacteria back into the water. That is where the Waste-Away Time Release gels come in -- 24/7 they release bacteria into the water to replace those that are removed. Simple, effective and without pumps, dosing devices or tubes the gels provide a constant source of bacteria.
If your tank has a problem with algae, hair algae, cyanobacteria, dinoflagellates and other we recommend that you first use Re-Fresh and liquid Waste-Away to clean-up the tank and get rid of the problem. Then use the Waste-Away Time Release gels on a regular basis to keep the tank clean and water clear.