Quick Use and Reference Guide to Our Products

Located below are some Guides, Recipes and Product Overview Sheets that can help you with a variety of aquarium issues.

All can be downloaded by clicking on the images or links.


Product Overview

Product use Timeline

General Water Quality Values

First, an overview of our products along with a time line on their use in newly set-up tanks and in established tanks.

Also presented are some general water quality parameters.


Quick Reference Guide and Solution Solver

Locate your issue in the chart below.

To use this guide, locate your problem or aquarium situation (such as high ammonia) in the left column, then go across to the dark blue cell, and lastly move up the column to the product name: this is our best product to solve your problem.

There is sometimes another product that will work or that you should follow up with, which is in light blue.

To learn more about the product, such as the amount to dose, please go to the specific product's page.


Brief Product Description

DrTim's Aquatics products are based on real science that bring real solutions and real results to fish keeping. Below is a brief description of our products that are available for freshwater, saltwater and reef aquaria, along with Koi ponds and water gardens. Product sizes range from 2 to 128 ounces.

One & Only live nitrifying bacteria is our flagship product. Used by professionals such as the London Aquarium, SeaLife Aquarium in Carlsbad, CA and Phoenix, AZ and Shark Reef in Las Vegas, as well as the California Science Center in Los Angeles and many other public aquaria, this product has no rival. One & Only is different than other bacteria products, as our bacteria are grown on a substrate instead of free swimming, which means the bacteria stay active longer in the bottle and work faster once poured into the aquarium. It is shelf stable (does not need to be refrigerated) and clearly date labeled so you know exactly what you are getting - it is the only bacteria grown by DrTim.

First Defense is a fish stress relief agent with immunostimulants and vitamins to support the immune system and help fish cope with the stress of transport, netting, bagging, etc. Great to add after a water change, to your bagging solution and when doing a freshwater dip of marine fish. It adds a buffer, has a slime coat replacement and gets rid of chlorine and chloramines while detoxifying heavy metals.

Re-Fresh is a mixture of beneficial microorganisms that work to keep the aquarium water and surfaces clean and looking fresh. Re-Fresh also reduces organics and gets rid of aquarium scum and cyanobacteria. Re-Fresh fights algae and slime naturally, while being non-harmful to plants.

Eco-Balance uses friendly probiotic bacteria to restore and maintain a balanced aquarium while reducing the numbers of bad bacteria - resulting in a clean, healthy aquarium environment. Eco-Balance for marine and reef tanks attacks various species of Vibrio that are pathogenic to fish and corals, while the freshwater version attacks common disease causing bacteria of freshwater fish.

Waste-Away is a concentration of beneficial bacteria that dissolve the sludge and other organics (dissolved and particulate) in an aquarium, unclogging gravel & coral beds, keeping filter pads freely flowing longer resulting better water flow, more oxygen and a healthier aquarium. Waste-Away gets rid of the source of nutrients (nitrate and phosphate) that cause cyanobacteria and algae.

Clear-UP is a 100% natural water clarifier. It will clear up cloudy white aquarium water without using the toxic chemicals that are in the most common water clarifying products. It does not contain alum (which contains aluminum) or polyacrylamide (which is toxic when overdosed).

AquaCleanse is a tapwater detoxifier that permanently removes ammonia, chlorine and chloramines but does not have a bad smell and will not drastically drop the pH.

Learn important information about which DrTim's products can and can't be used together here.