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Old 02-27-2009, 05:54 PM   #11
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Hello, just joined.My name is Todd..I'm new to fish keeping, just trying to learn all I can..am in the middle of cycling my first tank...but just wanted to add
Tetra Safestart is Bio Spira .That is what I recently found while trying to buy it online.. Supposedly Marineland labs has created a formula that does not need refridgeration for fresh water...They teamed up with Tetra to make this new product and discontinued the old one. They say it is just as good...who knows? The poster in this thread on Fishlore.com contacted Marineland labs trying to locate Bio Spira and got the info from them.

The NEW product from Marineland/Tetra that replaced Bio-spira
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Old 02-28-2009, 06:40 AM   #12
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Actually, no it's not. To spite the claims.
Marineland merged with Spectrum products in 2005.
For cost savings, or comercial concernes the decision to stop producing Bio-Spira as it was came down.
I have seen quite a few recent threads of people using Safestart and NOT A SINGLE ONE has reported any success.
The original Bio-Spira had proven itself to work well. I am afraid that with Spectrum now in charge it looks like things may have gone downhill, at least as far as a dependable bacterial source anyway.
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Marineland owns both Spectrum and Tetra: Spectrum Brands - Our Brands Spectrum has filed for bankruptcy so perhaps that was the reason why they stopped making the Bio Spira?
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:00 AM   #14
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I do think Bio-spira had a lower profit margin because of the extra cost of handling it and the limited number of stores that were willing to stock it.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:30 PM   #15
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Well thank you.You guys just saved me some money and hassle. I was about to go buy some. I guess I'll just do it the hard/slow/correct way.
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:59 PM   #16
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hey theres nothing wrong with the hard/slow/correct way! It just takes incredible patience as I learned LOL
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