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Are people using vibrant long term or stopping dosing once algae issue is resolved?

I recently started dosing but it’s working so well that after the algae is gone I’m going to continue using it biweekly at probably a lower dose just to help keep things clean.

Will vibrant make your protein skimmer go crazy for awhile? If so, is it better to leave the skimmer off for awhile - and if so, how long typically?
It actually doesn’t say you need to on the bottle but most similar products recommend turning the skimmer and UV off for 3 or 4 hours. The vibrant itself hasn’t caused my skimmer to go crazy but the more i use it the more algae dies off so I’m having to empty out my skimmer every day or two now.
 
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I don't know what's in Dino-X and have not heard anyone say they have used the two together successfully :)
 

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Hi

I am dosing 3rd week Vibrant and I have noticed that in the 50 Gallon tank with 4 fishes and 10+ inverts , the phosphate is 0 while a few days ago it was still between 0.04,0.06,0.1

The Corals seem to be much more closed ( including SPS and LPS ). The Alk is rising , so I have to reduce the two parts dosing.

I am feeding twice a day frozen food. Should I feed more and that's the only thing I should change? I don't feel the corals are so bad dying, just want to see if I should do anything differently.
 

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I am on week 3 of the vibrant cleaner. I have been battling hair algae in my tank. I have noticed some areas of improvement some areas it continues to grow. I have noticed an increase in ammonia levels in my tank. Is that from algae die off? I have a 32 gallon biocube. I am doing a 5 gallon water change every 2 weeks, as recent as 5 days ago.
 

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I recently started dosing but it’s working so well that after the algae is gone I’m going to continue using it biweekly at probably a lower dose just to help keep things clean.


It actually doesn’t say you need to on the bottle but most similar products recommend turning the skimmer and UV off for 3 or 4 hours. The vibrant itself hasn’t caused my skimmer to go crazy but the more i use it the more algae dies off so I’m having to empty out my skimmer every day or two now.
Thanks for responding, but would like to get some more opinions on long-term usage. Is anyone using it long-term or do people just stop once algae is gone.
 
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@UWC, can you use Vibrant if you feed with live phytoplankton or will the Vibrant kill the phyto?

Yup, Totally fine :)

Thanks for responding, but would like to get some more opinions on long-term usage. Is anyone using it long-term or do people just stop once algae is gone.

We use it on all tanks once every two weeks forever. With that said, when your main algae problems are gone, You can either cut back to one dose every two weeks or just stop using it all together :)
 

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Well I have been using
Are people using vibrant long term or stopping dosing once algae issue is resolved?
Well I started using vibrant end of 2019 for a bad hair algae issue with my tank and that helped clear it up....now use it every 2-4 weeks depending on if tank looks a bit dirty.
 

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How old is the system? What do you keep? Pictures?
System was set up Nov 2018. 750 gallons total... keep mixed reef but lost some corals because let my nitrate and phosphate bottom out to 0...also my gold spotted rabbitfish decided that my soft corals (sinularia, sarcophyton etc) looked delicious... he also ate all my zoanthids... so now starting back with frags because I’m based in the Caribbean and corals that come in can cost usd$500-1000 for colonies. Have 8 rock flower anemones, 1 BTA and a LTA that just went in but refusing to stay put. Have 60 fish now including 13 tangs, assortment of wrasses and dwarf angels.
 

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I'm not sure if I want to keep dosing vibrant or not.. I think it helped but I think I had DINOs when I had 0 pho 0 nitrate and I beat that by increase my nitrate and raising tank temp to 82f.. now I have nitrate ~ 10 ppm and 0.1 pho and I believe red cyano now.. its red and doesn't leave the sandbed at night like dinos do.. any ideas of next steps? I have been doing weekly water changes.

My tank is about 3 months old.
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Hello Everyone,

We had been asked to come on this forum and answer a few questions about Vibrant for a few users here in different threads. We thought it would be a good idea to start a discussion thread about Vibrant, how it was created, what is it, how it works, etc. Then there will be a place for people to ask questions, where they will be kept together so people can come back and read then.

I think most, or a lot of people have heard of or have seen Vibrant by now, but have no idea what it is. What is a "liquid Aquarium Cleaner"? What does, "Brightens and Cleans Aquariums in as little as 12 hours mean"? A lot of people instantly think, that's snake oil. No product can do that! As time has gone on and people have seen users actually getting amazing results with Vibrant, those words have slowly faded away. There are always going to be the doubters, but that is ok. Everyone has there way of doing things and we are more then ok with that. Vibrant is not a product that replaces good aquarium husbandry and upkeep, it is a product that works very well along with a well taken aquarium.

So where did Vibrant Liquid Aquarium Cleaner originate from?

Vibrant has been available to the public for almost a year now and had been in the works two years prior to that. We teamed up with a group of scientists to actually create something that will rid algae from aquariums. We tried hundreds of different things and different combinations of things before we found something that actually worked liked we wanted it to without harming anything that we keep in our aquariums. This product was solely used by us to make sure our clients aquariums always looked perfect. We build, install and maintain aquariums all over our home state including many aquariums that are in public spaces and are always in the public eye. After the creation of Vibrant, we would go on a service visit, service the aquarium, come back two weeks later and the tank looked just like we had been there the day before. People noticed this, and started asking us about how we keep our aquariums so clean?! Our answer was, we make our own liquid aquarium cleaner. The next question would always be, do you sell it? Which we replied, no, we do not. As more and more people started asking and the demand kept growing we thought, maybe the public would like this product too. So after some legwork, at the beginning of 2016, we started offering Vibrant to the public.


Vibrant Liquid Aquarium Cleaner Ingredients -

95% Cultured Bacteria Blend
1% Amino Acids (Aspartic Acid)
0.5% Vinegar - This is used as the preservative
3.5% Other Ingredients (RO/DI Water)

Vibrant Liquid Aquarium Cleaner Dosing Instructions -

For a very well taken care of, clean aquarium, add 1ml of Vibrant per 10 gallons of aquarium water once every 2 weeks.
For a dirtier aquarium, add 1ml of Vibrant per 10 gallons of aquarium water once per week.
If you are battling Bryopsis or Turf algae, dose 1ml of Vibrant two times per week.

There is no need to discontinue the use of any mechanical or biological filtration while using Vibrant.
Vibrant is safe with all fish, corals and invertebrates.


Vibrant works differently in every aquarium. Some people see almost instant results and some people will have to do multiple treatments for it to kick in and take over. If the first dose knocks it out, great! If not, follow the dosing schedule and sooner than later you will have a clean Vibrant aquarium also :)

What algae strains does Vibrant rid and how fast does it work?

Vibrant is a true beast and we have not yet come across a algae that Vibrant can not beat out. Below I will list a general timeline of how fast Vibrant works on frequent algae strains that cause issues in reef aquariums.

Cloudy/hazy Water- 1 dose
Diatoms - 1-2 doses
Cyanobacteria - (Yes, it will outcompete another bacteria) 1-5 doses
Dinoflagellates - 2-5 doses
Bubble algae - 3-8 doses
Hair Algae - 3-5 doses (depending on species of hair and how bad the infestation is)
Turf Algae - 8-20 doses ( again, depending on species and how bad the infestation is)
Bryopsis - 6-30 doses ( again, depending on species and how bad the infestation is)


There are a lot of factors that come into play for how fast it rids a certain algae strain in one persons tank verses another. The cleaner and the better your aquarium is maintained, the faster you are going to see results. It will clean neglected tanks also, it just takes more time as the bacteria population has to grow to consume and outcompete the algae. Generally it is very fast acting and people see very positive results after their first dose, some as soon as a few hours later.

How Does Vibrant Liquid Aquarium Cleaner work?

This is the tricky part to explain. There are a few different strains of bacteria that play different roles in ridding the algae. One of the strains, works to convert No3 and Po4 into biomass, which then is easily removed via protein skimming and or water changes. Some of the biomass will also be consumed by live corals. This strain is also very good at going after organic settlement and reducing it significantly. Here is where it gets harder to explain, the function of one of the other bacteria is to actual go in and cling to the algae and consume them turning their waste then into biomass also which is then utilized by the corals or later removed by protein skimming or water changes. The beautiful thing is, this is not like using some crazy algaecide that just leaves a bomb of nutrients in your tank as the algae die leading you on a downward spiral of issue after issue. Once your algae issue is gone, you can stop dosing vibrant or you can simply use it as part of your routine maintenance to keep your tank looking nice and clean all the time.

Vibrant Disclaimer-

Vibrant can be very deceiving. It can make your aquarium look so clean that you will think you can skip your regular routine aquarium maintenance of water changes, filter cleanings, etc. We highly recommend that you do not skip these but that you use Vibrant in conjunction with your normal aquarium routine for a happy, Vibrant aquarium.

How do we use Vibrant?

We use Vibrant in all of our aquariums and all of our clients aquariums. We take very good care of our tanks so generally we follow the dosing schedule of 1ml per 10 gallons every two weeks. We generally start using Vibrant on new aquariums a couple weeks after setup as we find it does not actually mess with the cycling of the aquarium, but it sure does make it look better during it :)

I am sure I have missed a lot of things people would like to know so lets use this as a questions/discussions thread. Hopefully we can get some users to chime in as well with how it has worked for them and how they like it.

Thanks,
Jeff
Owner- Underwater Creations, Inc.
www.uwcmn.com




Does Vibrant dosing have any affect on coralline algae growth? Particularly in a newer tank at 10 months matured.
Would there be a hindrance on seeing coralline algae growth on glass or rock due to occasional Vibrant dosing?
 

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I have dosed weekly for 2 months and I am still waiting to see any effect on the bubble algae.

On the other hand I am suspecting it has some negative effect on corals and it's not related to nutrients.

In the past, my montis would tolerate an occasional 1dKH swing without showing any problems.

Since dosing vibrant I had 2 of those swings and I lost a few platting montis and the ones that survived seem to be in poor shape.

It's not nutrient related because my nutrient levels have been stable.

My guess is that vibrant somehow adds a level of stress that when added to other stressors pushes some corals over the board.

I notice an alk consumption drop when I dose vibrant.
 

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I'm not sure if I want to keep dosing vibrant or not.. I think it helped but I think I had DINOs when I had 0 pho 0 nitrate and I beat that by increase my nitrate and raising tank temp to 82f.. now I have nitrate ~ 10 ppm and 0.1 pho and I believe red cyano now.. its red and doesn't leave the sandbed at night like dinos do.. any ideas of next steps? I have been doing weekly water changes.

My tank is about 3 months old.
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It can take 6 to 8 weeks for it to clear up.its dying that's why you're nutrients are up.
I'm not sure if I want to keep dosing vibrant or not.. I think it helped but I think I had DINOs when I had 0 pho 0 nitrate and I beat that by increase my nitrate and raising tank temp to 82f.. now I have nitrate ~ 10 ppm and 0.1 pho and I believe red cyano now.. its red and doesn't leave the sandbed at night like dinos do.. any ideas of next steps? I have been doing weekly water changes.

My tank is about 3 months old.
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