Living cleansing bacteria for immediate aid

  • For healthy fish and clear, clean aquarium water
  • Use: shake disposable cartridge, open and put entire content into the aquarium. Ideal for 60-200 litres freshwater
  • Always use after: water change, filter cleaning, medication and adding of new fish
  • Breaks down ammonium/ammonia and nitrite. Supports the filter and reduces sludge (dirt on the ground)
  • Package contents: 1 disposable cartridge with 50 ml concentrate of living cleansing bacteria for freshwater aquariums
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basic price 113.2 EUR / l
Recommended retail price incl. VAT
You can find this item in your specialist and online shop
Product information

Bacteria are not always negative organisms! In the soil and in the water, they are among the most important and useful helpers for such activities as removing toxins or converting them into harmless substances. Several JBL bacterial products contain highly concentrated bacterial strains designed for such purposes as converting problematic nitrogen compounds, such as ammonium (NH4), ammonia (NH3) and nitrite into harmless nitrogen compounds (nitrate (NO3) or nitrogen gas (N2)). Live bacterial cultures in JBL products like JBL ProClean Bac, JBL Denitrol, JBL FilterStart and JBL FilterBoost can’t be overdosed! This is because the bacteria may be added in over-concentration, but the survival of the bacteria is linked to the available nutrients. If, for example, a lot of ammonium is present, many bacteria can live on it and reproduce. If there is hardly any ammonium, only a part of the bacteria will survive. Here, supply and demand regulate the amount of bacteria.



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50 ml
60-200 l
Volume packaging:
0.09 l
Gross weight:
63 g
Net weight:
50 g
Weight factor:
Packaging dimensions (l/h/w):
25/145/25 mm


Animal species: Armored catfish, Arowana, Axolotl, Barbels, Bettas, Bichirs/reedfish, Blowfish, Catfish, Cichlids (South America), Clawed frogs, Clawed shrimps, Crayfish, Crustaceans, Danions, Discus, Dwarf crayfish, Dwarf shrimps, Flowerhorn, Gill maggots, Goldfish, Gouramis, Guppy, Juvenile fish, Killifish, Livebearers, Loaches, Mussels, Newts, Panchaxes, Rainbowfish, Snails, Spiny eels, Terrapins, Tetra, Tropical terrapins, Veiltails, blood parrot cichlids, freshwater butterflyfish, turtle
Animal size: For all animal sizes
Animal age group: All aquarium fish
Volume habitat: 60-200 L ( 60-100cm)
Material: Various strains of water cleaning bacteria (nitrosomonas, nitrobacter and others) in buffer solution. All bacteria belong to the risk class R1.
Colour: transparent
Dosage: 50ml is sufficient to activate 60-200l aquarium water
Transport conditions: Do not store at temperatures below 0°C or above 40°C; short term transport below 0°C is not a problem and does not affect its functioning.

Electronic label / illuminant

Mercury: No
Dimmable: No

Technical Data

Height:145 mm
Length:25 mm
Width:25 mm
diameter:25 mm
High nitrite value - addition of bacteria and effects

When JBL Detoxol is used free ammonium is bound in the water, which provides immediate relief for the fish. This removal of ammonium also prevents any further nitrate from forming. Any nitrite already present is not bound. If you have high nitrite values, carry out a water change beforehand. A subsequent addition of bacteria will help you maintain a sustainable and biological removal of ammonium and nitrite.

What happens, when Denitrol has been dosed and the animals aren’t added until several days later?

If you don’t immediately add your animals, the cleansing bacteria included in Denitrol will quickly die from lack of food. If you wait a few days before adding the animals (against the advice of these instructions) problems will occur with ammonium/ammonia and nitrite. In the end, the bacteria will not be able to develop and will die off due to a lack of food. As a result the ammonium excreted by the fish will not be broken down. Since no bacteria are present to oxidise ammonium into nitrate in two steps, a nitrite peak will occur despite the application. If the first fish are introduced immediately after the addition of Denitrol, the purification bacteria get food and begin to multiply. This is comparable to an unathletic person who starts doing sports and first has to "train up" his fitness. This ensures that there are enough bacteria right from the start and that neither ammonium/ammonia nor nitrite become a problem when more fish are added. Please always increase the fish stock moderately and only after a few days.

If I want to add live bacteria to my aquarium, do I need to switch off the UV-C device?

Yes, this would be useful. The bacteria, as for example in JBL Denitrol or JBL PROCLEAN BAC, need a little time to settle on the substrate. Until then they are floating freely in the water so that the UV-C radiation can kill them off. It is therefore recommendable to switch off the UV-C device for a day.

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Customer reviews


Overall rating: 4.8
13 public review(s) for this product.

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13 Reviews in other languages

T. Fischer - German

Diese shots sind klasse!

Kappe ab und rein damit!

Da ich Nanobecken habe und ein shot pro Becken zu viel wäre, teile ich den einfach auf. Perfekt wenns schnell gehen muss!

Und die Wirkung ist ebenfalls top!

Findet regelmäßig Anwendung!

Aquascape.boutique - Dutch

The product itself seems to have the right effect. Ideally would still buy the product, if it is sold in bottle. Does it work? Yes it does!

_aqua4you_ - German

Sehr einfache Dosierung. Lässt sich gut im Aquarium verteilen.

Lediglich der Plastikmüll, der durch die kleinen Packungen entsteht ist noch verbesserungs fähig.

malawireef - French

Sehr gutes Produkt, verwende ich oft nach meinem Wasserwechsel.

Aquariuana - German

Sehr gutes Produkt, wird bei mir genutzt nach einer größeren Filterreinigung oder zum Start eines neuen Beckens :)

M. Alparslan - German

Der Pro Clean ist eins meiner Lieblingsprodukte .

Benutze es bei der Filterreinigung oder Neueinrichtung .

Habe festgestellt das Mulm schnell abgebaut wird und das Wasser Kristallklar wird ( Bei mir mit e1500 - 500 L Becken ) ich möchte es nicht mehr missen da nützliche Bakterien für mich das A und O für eine gesunde Wasserqualität ist.

Ragnarshrimps - French

Produits très efficace, même dans mes aquariums à crevettes. Je l'utilise dès que je nettoie les mousses de mes exhausteurs. Serait pratique d'avoir une graduation car mes bacs font 20 litres.

aqua_aktiv - German

Das Produkt selbst bzw die flüssigkeit an sich bekommt von mir 5 sterne es wirkt super ABER ich finde es sehr schade das gerade ein unternehemen was speziel aquarien produkte herstellt so viel plastik in diesem produkt verbraucht wen man sich mal das bild anschaut sieht man die ausmase erst mal https://www.jbl.de/images/container/w470_h282/75945.jpg und da sind gerade mal 1200ml drin und so viel plastik was in den meeren landet ich würde mich freuen wen ihr es in tetra paks machen würdet und die umwelt,Fische so wie die meere würden sich freuen und es ist wieder erneuer bar ;) (vielen dank fürs lesen)

Comment from JBL:

Hallo Yannik,

vielen Dank für deine Anregungen. Hier gehen Konvenienz und Nachhaltigkeit auseinander. Leider sind nicht viele andere Materialien momentan denkbar, denn die Haltbarkeit der Bakterien und die Stabilität müssen erhalten bleiben. Ansonsten funktioniert es nicht.

Aquarium_Zimmer - German

Ich verwende ProClean Bac, wenn ich ein neues Aquarium starte oder wenn ich den Filter reinige.

Das Produkt sorgt für klares Wasser, auch in der Einfahrphase und ist sehr einfach zu dosieren.

pani_akwarystka - German

Używam do słodkiej wody , sprawdza się na prawdę doskonale aby utrzymać dobre wartości wody . Dobro naszych zwierząt jest w naszych rękach dla tego dbam o ich dobre warunki . Z JBL jestem pewna że wszystko będzie tak jak trzeba

fishrimps9 - Spanish

arranqué un acuario desde 0 con estas bacterias y no tengo ningun pico de nitritos ni amoniaco

tropheus_italia - Italian

Questi batteri sono i migliori nel mercato! Li ho usati in Aquario e sono fenomenali in pochissimo tempo rendono l’acqua cristallina e aiutano tantissimo l’acquario in fase di avvio, li consiglio a tutti!

malawiaddiction - German

Ein super Produkt das bei mir in Regelmäßigen abständen zum Einsatz kommt.

Sei es nach einer Filterreinigung, beim Start eines neuen Beckens oder zur Vorsorge in bestehenden Becken.

Das Wasser wird Sichtbar klarer und der Mulm wird reduziert.

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