Best water conditioner?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by AquaticBrandon, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I want to know what you guys think is the best water conditioner. Many people say that Seachem Prime is the best. What do you guys think?


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  2. am3ienceNew MemberMember

    I am using stress coat by API, and so far it's been really good for me.
     




  3. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    Sodium thiosulfate crystals. $5 worth lasts for years.
     




  4. jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    So long as you do not have elevated ammonia or nitrite levels, just about any commercial water conditioner is just fine. But if you do have elevated ammonia or nitrites than Prime is the best since it will detox lowish levels of ammonia and nitrite for 24 hours.
     
  5. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    How much would you add for doing water changes? Example for 1 gallon of water?


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  6. Maxi1Valued MemberMember

    The basic directions say use 1 capful (5 ml) for each 200 l (50 gallons) of new water. To detoxify nitrite in an emergency, up to 5 times normal dose may be used.



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  7. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

     
    As jdhef mentioned, Prime/Amquel+ is the way to go if you need to detoxify elevated ammonia. For nitrite personally I would just run a small amount of salt since it's permanent. In an established tank with decent source water though, a basic water conditioner like sodium thiosulfate is enough.
     
  8. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Okay thanks


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  9. Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    A lot of people on here recommend Prime! I personally use Tetra Aqua-Safe Plus, Online $12.99 for 1L bottle. Takes one tsp to detox 10g of water.
     
  10. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah I was thinking of getting prime because I heard it's really good


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  11. poeticinjusticesWell Known MemberMember

    I want to give Prime some extra credit besides it's detoxification properties.

    Aside from the sodium thiosulfate crystals mentioned above - it's the most economical stuff out there.

    2 standard drops will treat an entire gallon of water. Major money saver.
     
  12. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Yes I think prime works really well. I will be getting prime for my water conditioner from now


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  13. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    There's a dry form of Prime called Safe.
     
  14. delta5Well Known MemberMember

    I use Jack's aquarium and pets conditioner. It treats for heavy metals, promotes BB development, removes chlorine/chloramine, reduces fish stress, helps rebuild slime coat, electrolytes that help buffer pH. Under 10 dollars for 237ml bottle and 5ml treats 10g of water.
     
  15. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Wow that's pretty good


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  16. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    5ml of Prime treats 50g of water. Alternatively, 1/4 tsp of Safe treats 300 gallons.
     
  17. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    That's good. Do they sell Safe like at petsmart or do you have to order it online?


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  18. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    You'll probably have to order it, but I don't know for sure, I don't visit the big box stores all that often.
     
  19. Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    I'd order it online it is quite a bit cheaper! As most pet stores that do carry it sell a size smaller bottle for the same price as the next size up.
     
  20. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Okay I'll check it out


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