The smarter way to treat algae.
Especially effective for BBA, hair/string/fuzz and most forms of filamentous algae.
Gently biodegrades completely.
Spot-dose up to 1ml per 10L every 24 hours.
While healthy plant mass is the #1 natural defence against algae, life is often unpredictable.
The filter or CO2 diffuser gets clogged. Grandpa overfeeds the fish. The auto-timer takes an unannounced holiday.
These shocks ( seemingly insignificant to us) weaken plants and give algae a window of opportunity to spawn.
APT Fix works to rebalance the system by targeting the fundamental weakness of algae- their comparatively less developed protective cell walls. When spot-dosed per the recommended dosage, it instantly arrests algae growth while allowing plants to recover.
This is an effective approach for removing algae on hardscape: wood and rocks. Avoid this method for plants.
This is our usual approach to treat algae on plants. To increase effectiveness, pause the filter during spot-dosing (just a minute or however long it takes you to spot-dose:) And don't forget to turn the filter back on! Avoid this method for treating algae on Mosses, Liverworts (Riccardia and Riccia etc.) and Vallisneria (Tape Grass).
The above shows the result of a single dose of APT Fix via spot-dose method. By Day 2, the inactive BBA would usually change color to red and/or white. These would either decompose, or serve as food for algae-eaters and other microorganisms. By Day 7, the leaf is now mostly free of algae.
The above shows the result of a single dose of APT Fix via the drain-dose method. By Day 2, the hair-algae has lost some of its green color. By Day 5, all the hair algae has been deactivated. You can remove it completely using a fine brush.
Yes, but this approach is less effective than spot-dosing or drain-dosing.
Yes. It is an effective treatment for cyanobacteria / BGA.
APT FIX contains a proprietary formulation of epoxy aldehydes.
The aldehyde components are protein crosslinkers that deactivate algae cells by binding to their proteins. The active component activates in water, but is quickly broken down by biological microbial action, resulting in no bio-accumulation in the aquarium ecosystem in the long run. This enables APT FIX to be a safe and effective inhibitor for various freshwater algae.
APT Fix biodegrades naturally over 24 hours. So you can repeat the recommended dosage very 24 hours.
Option 1: You can exceed the 1ml per 10L recommendation to cover all areas, and do a large (50%-70%) water change after that. Be careful to use dechlorinated water.
Option 2: You can spot-dose on 1 area today, and another area the next day. Do this over as many days as you need to cover all areas. Generally a single spot-dose will be effective for any particular area. This method is slower can can be used if you are keeping more sensitive livestock.
The most effective way to avoid new-tank algae problems is to properly cycle the tank before planting and introducing fish.
Inadequate Cycling often results in Diatoms ( brown fuzz on the edges of leaves or thin, brownish spider-web like strands) or Green Water ( which is triggered by excess organic waste).
Read this post on tackling algae in new tanks.
While APT Fix will work against these forms of algae, it is better to simply have patience (in the case of Diatoms) or review the causes of Green Water as we describe in our guide below on the different types of algae.
Within the recommended dosage, no.
The exception? Plants that are already very weak.
Both algae and the plants will be similarly affected in such a case.
Also, avoid spot-doing on Mosses, Liverworts (Riccardia and Riccia etc.) and Vallisneria (Tape Grass) as their cell structures are much more similar to algae than other plants and are therefore more susceptible to being affected.
Perhaps. FIX gives plants a temporary unfair advantage against algae, and this helps them recover.
However, plants that are already very weak may not benefit. In fact, FIX may affect them the same way as it impacts algae.
In a very mature tank, the signs that your plants may be very weak include:
a) Very little, or no new leaves over long periods.
b) Widespread algae on leaves.
c) Melting leaves.
Overall they might still look 'OK' but are extremely fragile. In such cases, FIX might affect them the way way it impacts algae.
As a rule, old leaves do not recover as plants channel their energies towards new growth and naturally discard older stems and leaves. You can rid the older leaves of algae, and delay their deterioration, but the leaves will generally not regain coloration or sheen. For most aquatic plants, long term tank maintenance involves routine replanting of the healthy tops, and removing old stems and roots.
APT Fix does not harm healthy fish, shrimp and other livestock within its recommended dosage. Of course, if you keep very sensitive livestock, you should avoid all products that give you any concern.
it's really amazing product. i have never used something like this before. I can said that it's absolutely good and friendly with my shrimps,plants, fish etc
Had BBA growing on redmoor wood in my planted aquarium and eventually it was covering the plants as well. Asked many fish shops and all of them said it was impossible to remove BBA with chems and to either break down/redo the whole tank or just throw away that piece of redmoor (hope for the best after). Saw the reviews here and ordered a bottle online. Within 3 days the BBA started turning whitish and was dying. By the end of one week some parts of the redmoor were totally cleared of BBA. Fish and shrimp safe since all appeared fine. As an experiment I tried dosing some on Taiwan moss which was covered with BBA. Confirm that you can't use this on moss but that's on me since instructions mentioned to avoid this method for plants and mosses. Highly recommend APT Fix!
i am very happy to try this APT Fix in my planted and wild tetras tank and prove to be very effective for killing those BBA and green algae by the next day by direct dosing.However,it does not **** the green dust algae on the glass.Overall,it's still an excellent algae treatment and will continue to use it.
I’ve tried every route to defeat BBA in my tank, including re-scaping. I’ve been using Seachem Excel for months & it barely made a dent. The Hydrogen Peroxide method- just stunts BBA growth, it doesn’t eradicate it. But this— this actually works! You only need a tiny bit to fight BBA off. It only took 3-4 days before the BBA started dying out. This saved my sanity. The accompanying pipette is pretty useful & of high quality. If you’re in same dilemma, can’t recommend this product highly enough. Save yourself the headache, get this.