FAQs & TIPs

This section provides useful information to optimize the effects of AquaBella Bio-Enzyme

1. Do I need to change the aquarium water before I first apply AquaBella?

We do recommend changing the water before first applying AquaBella in an already-established aquarium if you have been experiencing issues such as algal bloom, fish disease, high level of phosphate or nitrate (see Q. 11 to 15). It is also best to change water if you have been using additives, supplements or medicine in the tank in the last 30 days prior introducing AquaBella. It is especially important to remove as much organic matter from your substrate as possible, and that you rinse out or replace your filters before applying AquaBella for the first time.

2. Can AquaBella be used with protein skimmers?

We suggest not using a protein skimmer for at least one week after AquaBella is first applied to allow the microbes to get established. We have had a major aquarium store that has not needed to use their protein skimmer for over a year since they started using AquaBella. In fact, one of the primary benefits of AquaBella is its ability to remove proteins and other organic waste from the water. However, as with all aquarium maintenance procedures, we suggest that the owner do not significantly alter their routine.

3. Can AquaBella be used with UV sterilizer?

We suggest not using a UV sterilizer for at least one week after AquaBella is first applied to allow the microbes to get established. UV sterilizer will irremediably kill any microorganism including beneficial bacteria. However, as with all aquarium maintenance procedures, we suggest that the owner not significantly alter their routine.
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4. Can AquaBella be used with air stone?

Yes, air stone is not a major source of disturbance in an aquarium. However, to allow anaerobic bacteria to settle in the substrate, we recommend turning it off for a week or limit its use for 3 to 4 hours a day. We also recommend not to bury the air stone in the substrate but to elevate it 2 to 3 inches above it.

5. What if I forget to add one of the tubes of AquaBella on time, or add the tubes out of order?

The AquaBella application system is very adaptable as long as all of the tubes in the application system are added to your water. Adding the tubes out of order, or adding a tube a day or two late, will not change AquaBella's effectiveness. We've designed the system to optimize convenience.

6. Can I leave my fish in the tank when I add AquaBella?"

Yes, if you are adding AquaBella to an already-established aquarium, your fish can safely remain in the tank. However, we do recommend rinsing or changing your filters before the first AquaBella application into an already-established aquarium as well as cleaning the substrate.

7. Is there anything I should do before using AquaBella to an already-established tank for the first time?

Yes, we recommend you either change or rinse out your filters before using AquaBella for the first time. This is because many of AquaBella's microbes will colonize on and clean the tank water from the filtration system. Rinsing the filtration system will allow the AquaBella microbes to attach and start cleaning your tank's water more quickly. You should also vacuum the substrate as to remove as much organic matter and debris from the sand, gravel and decoration as possible (If you begin to have water quality issues a few months after first using AquaBella, particularly after cleaning or changing your filters, we recommend using the AquaBella booster kit.)

8. Can I use AquaBella with corals?

Yes, AquaBella is safe to use with corals. AquaBella customers have seen their aquarium corals thrive, with vibrant color production.

9. Does AquaBella work in both fresh water and salt water aquariums?

Yes. In fact we have AquaBella systems that are specifically formulated for fresh and salt water aquariums. Look for the dark blue purple packaging for our Saltwater Treatment and the light blue for our Freshwater Treatment.

10. Can I add chlorinated tap water to my tank once I have used AquaBella?

You will still need to treat the tap water before adding it to your aquarium. AquaBella is not a water dechlorinator. Contact your Water Utility company to find out whether your tap water is treated with chlorine and chloramine. Chlorine will eventually evaporate over night, while chloramine will be treated. Note that some test kits are not compatible with water conditioners removing chloramine and will give you a false reading. If you do use Prime by Seachem, allow at least two weeks before using AquaBella Bio-Enzyme. If you believe you have overdosed your aquarium with Prime, allow one to two more weeks.

11. Can AquaBella help prevent Ammonia accumulation?

Yes, AquaBella contains nitrifying bacteria that chemically convert ammonia into nitrite and then nitrite into nitrate.

12. Can AquaBella help prevent Nitrite and Nitrate accumulation?

Yes, AquaBella contains denitrifying bacteria that oxidize nitrites into nitrates, and then into inert nitrogen gas, which will then be released into the air.

13. Will AquaBella help keep my aquarium water clear and prevent Phosphate accumulation?

Yes, AquaBella's microbes will metabolize organic solids and phosphates that are contained in fish waste and leftover fish food, keeping your aquarium water crystal-clear.

14. Can AquaBella help with Cyanobacteria (including blue-green algae and red slime algae)?

Blue-green and red slime algae are not true algae, but two examples of a group of bacteria called cyanobacteria, which can be a number of colors (e.g. red, brown, blue-green, yellow). These bacteria tend to be found in fish tanks with low nitrate and ammonia levels, high phosphate levels and often with high organic carbon levels (fish waste and uneaten fish food are a major source of both phosphates and organic carbon).

If your aquarium has an algae problem, we recommend first cleaning the tank and removing as much of the algae as possible prior to using AquaBella. Once the tank is cleaned, AquaBella is effective at removing phosphates and organic waste products from the water, which should significantly help to prevent further cyanobacteria problems.

Please, read our blog for more information on reducing the risk of algae and cyanobacteria blooms.

15. The Ammonia, Nitrate and/or Phosphate levels in my aquarium increased immediately after the first AquaBella application. What should I do?

Unless the contaminant levels are high enough to be of concern, we don't recommend taking any action as this issue is usually temporary. If the problem persists for more than one week, call us at 1-888-285-7665 for additional assistance.

Occasionally owners of already-established aquariums have seen their ammonia, nitrate or phosphate levels increase shortly (usually less than a week) after the first AquaBella application. When AquaBella microbes are first introduced into an aquarium, they begin to break down any type of organic matter (bio-load) that have accumulated on the aquarium's filter(s) or in other parts of the tank. This can temporarily result in some of the fish waste breakdown products being released into the aquarium water until AquaBella's microbes have fully settled into your system.

16. Can AquaBella prevent the buildup of inorganic materials, such as minerals and/or salts, that a regular water change would alleviate?

AquaBella cannot prevent mineral or salt buildup by directly removing inorganic material such as salts and minerals from water. In fact, this sort of activity would be harmful, particularly in salt water, since by removing minerals and salts from the water you're changing the salinity, and fish have a fairly narrow range of salinity in which they can exist. You will still need to periodically top off your tank with water to prevent salt accumulation due to water evaporation.

Another factor that can result in salt accumulation is the buildup of organic matter from fish waste in the water. The organic materials from fish waste create a surface that salts can -- and will -- attach to, resulting in salt buildup. Removal of organic matter is one of AquaBella's most important functions, so AquaBella can help keep salt levels stable by preventing organic matter accumulation.

Temperature and pH fluctuations can also contribute to salt accumulation. While AquaBella obviously cannot alter water temperature, it can mitigate salt accumulation by minimizing pH fluctuations through the rapid removal of fish waste and other waste material that would otherwise alter the water pH.

17. Can AquaBella be used with pH buffers?

AquaBella will neither interfere with pH buffers nor significantly alter the pH of the water. Additionally, pH buffers will not interfere with AquaBella. If the pH of the water needs to be altered or maintained using pH buffers, the aquarium owner can do this as necessary while using AquaBella.

It may become less necessary over time to use pH buffers, as AquaBella will facilitate the removal of several contaminants that can lead to pH changes. However, there is one major pH-related event that AquaBella cannot prevent: the daytime vs. nighttime pH shifts seen in aquariums containing living plants. AquaBella will not harm living plants and does not affect the natural pH cycling resulting from plant CO2 cycling.

18. Will AquaBella interfere with my aquarium's GH (general hardness, which is used to measure calcium and magnesium)?

AquaBella will not significantly alter (increase or decrease) calcium or magnesium. Again, keep in mind that AquaBella cannot prevent water evaporation, so if calcium or magnesium levels fluctuate due to evaporation, water will still need to be added as necessary.

19. Will AquaBella affect the KH (hardness or alkalinity) of my aquarium water?

No, AquaBella will not alter or affect the KH of your aquarium water.

20. Is AquaBella organic?

AquaBella is made from 100% organic ingredients, using naturally occurring bacteria known for their significant contribution to the cleansing process of natural water ecosystems (see Q21 for more or our product information page).

21. What is AquaBella made of?

AquaBella is a dynamic blend of over 20 species of non-pathogenic naturally occurring (non-GMO) microbes. This large variety of microbes enables AquaBella to be highly effective at removing and preventing the accumulation of several different contaminants such as ammonia, nitrates, organic matter, phosphates and algae in both fresh and salt water environments.

22. Does it matter how big my tank is?

AquaBella can be used on any size aquarium. Our Freshwater Water kit will treat any aquarium up to 55g capacity. If your FW tank is larger (up to 110g), you will need two kits, and so on. Our Saltwater Water kit will treat any aquarium up to 125g capacity. If your SW tank is larger (up to 250g), you will need two kits, and so on.

23. How often do I need to add AquaBella to my aquarium?

The AquaBella application system is formulated to last one year in most aquariums. If you start to have water quality problems before a year, particularly after a filter change, we recommend using the AquaBella Booster.

24. How can I buy AquaBella?

Visit our Store or click on the "Order Now" button on the right for online ordering. AquaBella can also be purchased at leading pet supply retailers.

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Starting a new hobby can be quite challenging, especially when it involves so many variable to be taken into consideration in order to maintain balance in the small ecosystem of an aquaria. However, once you’ve mastered most of the parameters that contribute a healthy ecosystem, the ecstasy it procures is unmatchable (ok, they don’t sit on your laps). You’ve created a thriving ecosystem out of nowhere!
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