Dr Tim's One and Only?

  1. Dolphini

    Dolphini Valued Member Member

    Cycle tank with Dr Tim's One and Only?

    Has anyone used this product? It also says "Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec, creator of Dr. Tim's One and Only, was the Chief Science Officer at Marineland...... Dr. Hovanec's groundbreaking research on nitrifying bacteria led to him discovering and developing BioSpira®." (link)

    So it looks like it's made by the same guy who also worked on the Bio-Spira stuff everyone seems to like. Unfortunately, they don't seem to make the freshwater version of that anymore, since I can only find Bio-Spira Marine on the market now.

    Seems legit, at least it has a refrigeration advisory like Bio-Spira. ("Please Note: During periods of freezing temperatures or extreme heat, 2-day air service is highly recommended to preserve live, active bacteria."):;dete
  2. cwb141

    cwb141 Valued Member Member

    Watson! I do believe we have an investigation on hand...:;snow

    I haven't used it but I'd assume it's similar to Bio-Spira, but not the same. Marineland most likely holds he patents for it still. It's possible that the Doc pays royalties to use the same strain of bacteria, but unlikely. Hopefully someone's tried it and can tell you more.
  3. OP

    Dolphini Valued Member Member

    lol! As they say, "A challenger appears!"
  4. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    I'm pretty sure this product has been discussed before.
    Do a search on the forum, see what you come up with. :)
  5. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    I used "Dr Tim's One and Only" once and it did not cycle my tank. It appeared to me to work more like the product Cycle. So I personally cannot recommend it.

    I have had success with BioSpira and Tetra SafeStart in the past.

    The reason you can't find BioSpira for freshwater anymore is because MarineLand developed a new version of BioSpira that did not require refridgeration. They then sold rights to this new version to Tetra, who sells it under the name Tetra SafeStart.