The fabric I use at work is listed as Biocote, I added a link with a little more info, now was under the impression that it was just plain old silver nothing more nothing less, so it would be interesting to know what the (silver bullet) is composed of. Ive been having a browse, searching for any test results of its uses in an aquarium, but im not having much luck.
Surly the manufactures of the bullet had to do extensive testing on it to ensure its safety and suitability in an aquarium.
I think the people who run the website may have designed it themselves. This is what it says in the email about it
"For those of you who have ongoing problems with Algae, our Flora APM is a great way of getting them under control, and we now have a product, which we call Silver bullet, which can be placed in the tank, lasts for ever, and will inhibit all unicellular algaes, as well as bacteria and viruses."
Still waiting for a reply to my email. If anyone with a good telephone manor wants to phone them they give a number on the website. Theyre based in Wales Jag!
Silver has been used (in combination with other metals such as copper, though) to control algae in fish ponds for a while. I have no commercial connection with these products and haven't used one, but they are around. See this product here:
I don't live far from them I may just take a trip up and see them. I will email them that I am going and turn up when I said I will. I have also sent themn an email asking questions asking about this Silver thing, and also other questions to do with their CO2 units, I have also left to messages on their answer machine, but alas no response forthcoming. They dont seem to want to answer any questions just take our money. See how they feel when I turn up in their nurseries.
Can you offer any information as to the material, manufacturer, how it works, safety or lab testing? Anything really to elaborate on what sound like rather ambitious claims.
Dear Mr. ******, It is Silver, which is known in many situations to have a strong antibacterial effect.
It is absolutely safe with fish, and it does work, as we use it in our Nursery in some dozens of our Tanks
More than that for proprietary reasons am not prepared to say
So basically it is silver and it does work. Which I suppose leaves you with the choice of whether you believe him enough to take a punt or remain sceptical. I have replied and asked him if the antibacterial effects will extend to killing the Nitrosomonas and Nitrospira bacteria.