What is Reef Flux commonly used for?
The active ingredient in Reef Flux, Fluconazole, is primarily used as an antifungal for a number of fungal infections. In the Aquarium industry it is used for killing off a certain type of algae called ‘bryopsis algae’ which commonly grows in tanks of people who don’t use a quarantine tank before adding new items to their display tank. Hobbyists use this active ingredient as it is highly detrimental to bryopsis algae and does not harm any other aspects of a properly quarantined and maintained aquarium. This is why the product was previously known as Algae Buster!
Furthermore, this ingredient is also known for its treatment of certain fungal fish infections and therefore, if there is any of this present in a tank, the Reef Flux will remove it immediately.
To avoid unintended issues, it is highly recommended that you place an infected piece of rock, coral or something into a quarantine tank and monitor the water quality as bryopsis kills fungi which some bacteria feed on which in turn can have a domino-type effect. Some corals feed on microscopic matter which they filter from the water the sudden change in water parameters can have serious implications for some corals, especially if they have untreated/ diagnosed issues.
Fluconazole should not be used in tanks with a refugium that has Caulerpa and Bryopsis.
What is the most effective way of using Reef Flux?
To get optimum results from your Reef Flux capsules, the best thing to do is to turn off your skimmer for the first 3 days. It is important to note that activated carbon and phosphate remover can be used after 3 days, but you should remove any other chemical filtration that is being used in your tank.
To begin the process, empty 1 capsule for every 10 gallons of tank water (20mg per gallon) into high flow area in the sump. After 14 days, perform a minimum 30% water change. This will help to cleanse the tank of any waste. Filter socks are recommended during treatment in order to help clean the aquarium.
What CAN’T Reef Flux be used for?
Reef Flux is only for use in ornamental aquariums and fish. Reef Flux is definitely NOT for human use and NOT for treating fish intended for human consumption. Keep away from children and animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a health professional immediately.
Alternative options to using chemical treatments to Fluconazole!
- Use a quarantine tank
- Herbivores if already eating live plant matter;
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