Waste-Away Bacteria that are automatically and continuously released into your aquarium to consume nutrients and break down fish waste
Just have to get the word out about this oh so simple product that does SO much more then advertised.
So I've used this stuff to clear my dinoflagellate problem, it also cleared a much smaller cyanobacterial problem. This stuff is so simple, just bacterial strains that do a specific job. The 2 main products are the Refresh and Waste Away. The magic ingredient's are simply pelagic, instead of benthic bacterial species, which circulate in the water column, instead of colonizing rocks and sand. The gist is that these pelagic species, will compete with any pest (or any benthic)species of microbial life you have colonizing your system. These guys (the Refresh) will somehow out compete your benthic species, by eating up all the accumulated detritus. Then as the detritus breaks down, it feeds the Refresh bacterial, and reduces the biomass of your existing detritus bacteria, making a very clean looking tank. Combo this with a a few days of darkness and even the hair algae starts weakening (with the help of my clean up crew). As the bio mass is converted from benthic to pelagic, the water becomes cloudy due to the new bacterial bloom and the protein skimmer goes into overdrive, wet skimming the bloom out. Super simple concept, oh so hard to do by yourself.
The most important thing isn't just the products, but the time table chart, which provides detailed and specific instructions of when to use what and on which day. I don't know how refresh differs from Waste Away, but the combo works wonders. Dr Tim must have figured out the procedure after years of experimentation.
Anyway, great stuff, does as advertised... Now for the bonus effect, I wasn't looking for. So for maintenance, I'm supposed to add these bacterial solutions to my system periodically, but to make things much easier, they made a monthly gel version of the Waste Away. This continuously feeds live planktonic bacteria into my system and boom, my SPS and colonizing feather dusters are open and feeding! I'm guessing my ricordea will start coming back (the orange ones have shrunk so small). I was so excited, I went out and bought a Floridian feather duster yesterday! This is so much easier to use then the other coral foods, and it's self replenishing! I feel I can keep a clam or even a non photosynthetic flame scallop! Over striping nutrients out of the water? No longer a problem. It's like adding a refugium, but instead of amphipods, this tiny gel pack is adding the precursor of marine snow.
Oh did I mention my pod population also exploded? both cyclops AND amphipods. (though that could be due to my algae scrubber, which is also operating very cleanly now, without being overgrown by pest organisms (another reason why I'm loving Waste Away)). This stuff has formed a whole new food web in my system.
Fish waste -> bacterial plankton -> cyclops/pods -> filter feeders
Fish waste -> bacterial plankton -> protein skimmer
If the populations are still there and not just some random fluke, a mandarin goby is going to be on my wish list in spring.