An aquarium cleaning tool that uses sodium bicarbonate can be used to remove bacteria from freshwater aquariums.
The chemical, which is used in some home disinfectants, can also be used in aquarium cleaning products for other disinfectants.
The tool, which costs about $20, is a product developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Journal of Aquatic and Environmental Sciences reported.
It is also being marketed in Japan.
In a study of freshwater fish, researchers found that when exposed to sodium bicsarbonate, the fish showed a marked decrease in the amount of bacteria in their guts.
The results were replicated in the same fish in other studies, according to the researchers.
In some cases, the bacteria was killed and others appeared to be able to return to normal, the researchers wrote in the journal.
“This work suggests that, with some additional training, the use of sodium bicalsarbonate in the aquarium can be an effective way to control bacterial growth in freshwater fish,” study researcher Mark E. Smith, a professor of animal and environmental medicine at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, wrote in an email.
The chemical has also been used to treat bacteria in freshwater aquarium systems.
In a 2009 study, Smith’s lab used sodium bicalarbonate to kill bacteria in fish tanks and found that the bacteria returned to normal.
The study was published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.
A 2015 study also found that sodium bonicarbonate could be used effectively to kill certain types of bacteria, including the staphylococcus aureus.
In the study, researchers also found sodium bisulfate in fish that had been exposed to the toxin.
The University of California-Davis Aquarium, which sells sodium binicarbonate for disinfection purposes, said in a statement that it has “experienced a lot of interest” in the product.