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At some time, most aquarists will experience a situation in which a sudden spike in the amount of dissolved and/or particulate organic material in an aquarium poses a significant risk to the health of the aquarium inhabitants. Fundamentally, all aquarium inhabitants, regardless of their purchase price, abundance, or origin should be cared for with the same attention to maintaining water quality, but there is little question that an aquarist who has invested massive resources in fishes, invertebrates, and/or plants stands to lose a considerable deal if water quality degrades to the point in which these organisms begin to perish. The typical approach to correct this problem is to employ a large-scale water change and activated carbon or similar means of chemical filtration to help remove the substances responsible for water quality degradation. However, there are times when employing these methods will not work fast enough. Similarly, if the bioload of the aquarium is significantly increased by the addition of new inhabitants, a spike in the concentration of organic material can ensue that will negatively impact the health of all inhabitants in the system.
RedoxIclean is a useful tool for hobbyists wishing to support the existing biological and chemical filtration while it adjusts to an increase in bioload and/or the concentration of organic material in an aquarium (whether intentional or accidental). It performs this task by immediately reacting with latent (non-living) organic material and breaking it down at a molecular level, making it more readily removable for biological and chemical filtration. Most experienced aquarium hobbyists learn to "expect the unexpected"; having a bottle of RedoxIclean on hand can help lower the impact of, and in some cases avoid, organic-related problems to such an extent that pre-existing filtration is able to gradually adjust and compensate for any residual latent organic material. It is helpful to monitor the ORP in an aquarium, particularly in heavily-stocked systems (regardless of their overall volume); a sudden and unusual decrease in the ORP essentially indicates that the concentration of organic material in the aquarium has increased above normal levels. Such an increase usually results in elevated ammonia and phosphate concentrations; left unchecked, the aquarium inhabitants and display will begin to suffer.
Read instructions completely before use. Do not overdose. RedoxIclean improves water quality by raising the redox potential (ORP) in the aquarium. Do not use: in systems lacking adequate latent organic material to react with; in systems less than 30-days old; within 12-hours of performing a water change of more than 25% of the total system volume; in aquaria that are dosed with a "time-release" iodine supplement (such as Brightwell Aquatics Iodion; Lugol's is safe to use with this supplement. If you are unsure as to whether the iodine you are using has this feature, contact the supplement's manufacturer for details.).; in aquaria actively employing chelated copper medications; in aquaria employing chelated iron for plant supplementation. Remove activated carbon from system prior to use, and discontinue ozone use for 7 days prior to addition of RedoxIclean to a system. Wait two days after addition of new livestock before using RedoxIclean in the system. Use RedoxIclean of may temporarily discolor water a shade of magenta, which will then become tea-colored as organic material is oxidized; the water will gradually become clear afterwards. Use of activated carbon after dosing RedoxIclean will speed the clarifying process. Do not allow ORP to exceed ~450 mV. To neutralize immediately, add an equal volume of Erase-Cl to the system in an area of high water flow.
Marine Aquaria: Add up to 15 drops (~0.75 ml) per 50 US-gallons (189 L) twice daily at intervals of at least 12 hours, for up to 10 consecutive days. If invertebrates appear to close their polyps or shells, then decrease dosage by 50% and employ for up to 20 consecutive days. Allow at least 7 days before re-dosing.
Freshwater Aquaria: Add up to 15 drops (~0.75 ml) per 25 US-gallons (94.6 L) once daily for up to 7 consecutive days. Allow at least 7 days before re-dosing.
In general, relatively-high ORP is associated with good water quality; the converse is generally true of relatively-low ORP. If the source of excess organic material impacting the system's water quality is known or readily accessible and removable, it should be physically-removed from the system (and not left to decompose) as quickly as possible to facilitate the fastest improvement in water quality. Note that although RedoxIclean will immediately begin reacting with organic material to lessen its' impact on the aquarium inhabitants, it should not be thought of as a "silver bullet" that will cure all problems associated with a sudden, massive spike in organics; it is highly unlikely that any single approach, aside from making an immediate large-scale water change and removing all visible traces of latent particulate organic material, will accomplish this task before a negative impact on aquarium inhabitants is noticed. Therefore, no warranties, implied or otherwise, are made as to the ability of this supplement to prevent the associated impact on inhabitants that is the result of poor water quality. Ultimately, it is up to each hobbyist to properly care for their aquaria. This includes limiting the rate of input of nutrients such as phosphate.
Caution: Keep out of reach of children. Not for human consumption. If in eyes, flush for 15 minutes with water, including under eyelids. If ingested, give large quantities of water. Contact a physician immediately. Wash off of skin immediately; contact with skin or organic fibers will result in a stain.