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Bio Spira Vs Tetra safestart

okay I am confused here, I read that bio spira works great, but is not made anymore and was replaced by tetra safestart (I have read mostly good but some mixed reviews)

at the LFS near me they have actual bio spira for freshwater tanks... so they say (talked on the phone haven't seen it yet)

I am confused, are they still making it? if not, would this stuff just be old bio spira? does it go bad??
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Marineland still has the saltwater version of BioSpira, but they sold the freshwater version to Tetra. I don't know why they sold it. Was it not selling well or was it not a good product or did it have a short "shelf" life, etc?

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so I am thinking this so called freshwater bio spira my LFS said they have (over the phone mind you, i didnt see it) is either the salt water stuff or super old??
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They do not produce biospira for freshwater tanks anymore, so they'd have to have an old supply of it. If they do, it should be refrigerated. The old bio spira has a shelf life of 6 months or less if not kept cold, and 1 year if it is (we are approaching that 1 year mark from when they stopped producing. I believe it was August '08). Tetra Safestart is supposed to be the exact same thing, only it doesn't need refrigeration. I used it for a tank I started up in February and didn't notice as much of a difference as I did using biospira, but it did shorten my cycling time.
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okay well I shall inquire if it has been kept cold and see when it was made... if it is within the year and was refrigerated I think i will use the bio-spira
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