Cycle Troubleshooting – 13 things you need to consider.

It is important to realize that bacteria are living organisms that respond, positively or negatively, to the conditions you put them in. To cycle your tank quickly please review the points below preferably before you set-up the tank.  Also download our step-by-step recipe card to help guide your through the process.   1. Fishless Cycling … Read more

Ammonium Chloride 1 drop or 4 drops ?

Ammonia for fishless cycling One of our most popular products is our Ammonium Chloride for fishless cycling.  As the term implies fishless cycling means without fish but there needs to be a source of ammonia for the nitrifying bacteria.  That’s why we provide ammonium chloride drops – for you to use to feed the nitrifying … Read more

Waste-Away, Clogged Filters and Your Protein Skimmer

We recently received a question from a customer regarding use of our Waste-Away bacteria, clogging of the mechanical filters and using the protein skimmer. This question brought up many good points and our customer,  Kenny A.,  allowed us to reprint the question and DrTim’s answer to help everyone. Hello, I used waste-away for the first … Read more

Filter Socks – Remove from aquarium when cycling

When starting to cycle your tank with our One & Only Live Nitrifying bacteria the directions on the back label say to remove the filter sock, if you have one, from your aquarium for 48 hours. It seems many people don’t know what a filter sock is and are confusing it with the filter pad … Read more

Cycling an aquarium – where’s the nitrite!

A fairly common email to our customer service center is that our One & Only Live Nitrifying Bacteria is not working. The customer knows this because there is no nitrite in their aquarium. The thinking is that since they are cycling the tank there has to be nitrite in the water. They know ammonia is … Read more

One & Only arrived warm – is it still good?

Short answer – yes, the One & Only Live Nitrifying bacteria is still good! The temperature of nitrifying bacteria is a concern to many people who worry that their One & Only Live bacteria are not good anymore because they arrived warm. This concern is not necessary as our bacteria prefer warmer water temperatures where … Read more