Aquarium Bacteria

Aquarium Bacteria
Product No. ML90664
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  • Dual-usage bacterial blend includes nitrifying bacteria as well as a proprietary mix of bacillus bacteria to boost bio-filtration while also reducing sludge caused by decaying organic waste
  • Instantly starts and cycles newly set-up tanks when used at a more concentrated dose
  • Recommended monthly usage for established aquariums to replenish nitrifiers and heterotrophic cleaner bacteria lost during partial water changes
  • Packaged in stand-up pouch bags with reclosable pour spout
  • Monthly maintenance dosing: two teaspoons (10 mL) per 10 gallons of aquarium water
  • New aquarium start-up dosing (with recommended livestock stocking): 4 fl oz for every 20 gallons of water

Is this product safe for stingrays. does it have copper in it?

Asked by: Tmoney189
No, there is no copper in it. It is safe for all freshwater life, as it is only bacteria found naturally in aquatic environments. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-06-11

Can I use this product in my salt water tank

Asked by: Jimmy8189
It would not really be beneficial to a saltwater tank. You need Instant Ocean BioSpira, which we also make. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-05-29

Should the bacteria go in before the stress coat chemicals?

Asked by: Victhejap
No, you would add your water conditioner, wait 5 to 10 minutes, and assuming there are fish in the tank, add the bacteria. If you do not have fish yet, then do not add the bacteria until you add your first fish. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-05-29

If it doesn't work to cycle quickly as stated, is there any way to check if the bacteria were actually alive to begin with ? I am wondering because if I open it I will not be able to return it.

Asked by: Dante167
If the bacteria die off (and we have never had one complaint regarding that happening) when you open the pouch, there would be a very foul odor. You can't tell anything without opening it, but it will work. If you have any issues, just call our Care Team about the guarantee, 1-800-322-1266. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-04-30

Added this to aquarium, now water is cloudy. Is this a normal process for this?

Asked by: NJJoe
Thanks for asking! New tanks can get whats called "New Tank Syndrome" where the water is cloudy for a bit while beneficial bacteria get established. The cloudiness should go away within a week. We hope you find this helpful! For more personalized advice please call Marineland at (800) 322-1266.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2018-04-20

Will this help clear a new aquarium setup with cloudy water?

Asked by: Franksfish
Yes, it can definitely help with that, but will take a day or two to do so. It is not a chemical, but all natural cultured bacteria. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-03-12

How should an opened pouch of BioSpira be stored?  I’ve heard to refrigerate it but that is not written on the package

Asked by: saywin
It should be capped tightly, and just stored at room temperature. You want to place it in an area where temps won't fluctuate a lot or get to an extreme temperature. So for example, no garage or attic. It does NOT need to be refrigerated. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-07-14

Will Bio Spira cause false readings with the API Master Test Kit? I added a bag of Bio Spira to my 40 gallon tank two weeks ago, and it shows sky-high nitrites.

Asked by: SeaLion
No, Bio Spira is nothing but cultured bacteria and does not react with any type of chemical or reagent. It will not interact at all with any test kit. It contains the exact same bacteria the tank develops on its own, over time, it just speeds up the process because you are adding the bacteria to the tank instead of waiting for them to develop. Either your kit is not working properly, there is a user error, or you do have nitrites because something has occurred to damage your biological filter, such as overfeeding or medicating the tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-01-25

How any fl ounces do you use for a 5 gallon tank doing an50 percent water change

Asked by: Jennyty
1-2 teaspoons would be more than enough. That equates to 5-10 ml. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-01-22

Will adding this to an established tank kill the bacteria in the tank?

Asked by: 21lnenne
No, not at all. It is simply bacteria so all it will do is boost your biological filter, and help clean the gravel. Bacteria do not kill bacteria, per se. Anaerobic bacteria are definitely bad news, but these are not that variety, they are the same as what are in your tank, currently. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-01-08

I was told not to put the fish in (a new tank) before letting the bacteria starter run for a few days. Is this correct.

Asked by: dougal
No. You put the fish and the bacteria in together, essentially. While the fish float in a bag from the store, in your tank, pour the bacteria in. The fish need about 15 minutes to acclimate to your tank water temperature, and you should mix some of your water in the bag with the store water while they float. Do not drain the store water into your tank. Drain the fish into a net over a bucket, and gently place them in the tank, after about 15-30 minutes. The bacteria will have had enough time to disperse at this point. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-12-08

What are your recommendations for using this product in combination with Seachem Prime?

Asked by: SLC6
We would not recommend using it with SeaChem Prime. Wait several hours after using Prime before dosing with any bacterial product. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2018-01-10

I have a freshwater fish tank. It was suggested that I try this product to help with the nitrate levels in my tank. My question is, I was starting to use aquarium salt for my fish health, do I discontinue using the salt with this product? Or use it?

Asked by: Michael67
You can use both as salt will not harm this product. Water changes with gravel vacuuming are best for both reducing the nitrates and improving the health of the fish, by the way. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-29

When setting up a new tank, do I need to wait a certain amount of time after using the Aquarium Conditioner before adding the Aquarium Bacteria?

Asked by: Decklilbit
Only a few minutes, not long at all. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-08

I have the aquarium bacteria in a 4 FL OZ size package. I only have a 3 gallon tank. Should I put the entire package in for the start up of my tank? When can I add the fish?

Asked by: L78mac
No, you won't need the whole package, use about 1/4 - 1/3 of it. The fish can be added once the water temperature is correct, but don't add the bacteria until you add the fish. We recommend adding bacteria while the fish floats, acclimating to the temperature of the tank. Place some of the tank water in the fish bag as well. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-11-07

Is it safe for saltwater tanks

Asked by: Jcjc
Yes, but it won't really help you much. We would recommend our product Instant Ocean Bio Spira which is specifically for marine tanks. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-24

The initial instructions say to add the certain amount for starting up brand new aquariums depending on the size of the tank... that being said, would i have to continue to add more everyday or week? or is a one time dosage and no need to add more?

Asked by: Alex2345
You add this when you first start the aquarium, whenever you are done medicating a tank, any time you do a large water change, whenever your biological filter needs a boost, if you have an algae bloom, and in the beginning, it is good to add it whenever you add new fish to the tank. You do not have to add it weekly or daily, but can add it whenever there is any kind of a need for a boost in biological filtration. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-17

I see the answer that it is specifically for fresh water tanks, does Marineland make Bacteria for saltwater tanks?

Asked by: Jackard
Yes, it is called Instant Ocean BioSpira. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-10-04

Do the heterotrophic cleaner bacteria in this product interact with the nitrates converted by the nitrifying bacteria in any way? What do the heterotrophic bacteria do to the chemistry of aquarium waters? Thanks

Asked by: thums
Their job is to consume organic matter that builds in the aquarium, leading to high nitrates level, especially in the gravel, so yes, they can reduce nitrites and nitrates. They do not replace water changes, however, and good maintenance. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-09-12

I'm curious if BioSpira will be useful (new aquarium startup) after shipping during the HOT Florida summertime - I so want it to work for me! Thanks for your help!

Asked by: specv17
Thank you, Brex - since Amazon has some warranties I want to try the solution and then if it doesn't work at all I will get in touch with the seller. If no joy there, I will post an informative negative review on the site about shipping USPS in the heat of summer (it's hot everywhere this time of year) without some sort of cold packs. I didn't look locally - hermits like to shop online if they can. :) I will keep you all posted of results if you like. Thanks again!
Answered by: specv17
Date published: 2017-08-03

Can we get the SDS on your Bio-Spira? Thank you

Asked by: Tspaulding
Yes, it has been emailed to you! BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-26

Is this product for freshwater tanks??

Asked by: Helii
Yes, it is specifically for fresh water tanks. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-07-18
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