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Is there a prime alternative that does the same thing?
Is there a good seachem prime alternative that does the same things that is also very good? Preferably one that doesn't also smell like I am living in a sewage plant? Thanks!
If you don't like the smell of Prime (which I really don't notice unless I purposefully sniff the bottle - it doesn't spread that easily!), you can use Kordon Amquel +. It's more expensive as it's less concentrated than Prime and you have to use more of it. Not sure what it smells like though.
Another alternative is Seachem Safe. It's not easy to use if you don't have a large or many tanks though.
I use Waterlife Haloex. Same concentration/price as Prime, but doesn't smell. Not sure if it does chloramine yet though...
I've used API Stress Coat in the past. It's cheaper per bottle of Prime but like most others, you have to use more so you'll go through it much quicker. Has some healing benefits and stress reduction that prime doesn't I believe. I don't remember it smelling
I seriously don't believe any of them have any 'stress reduction' or healing properties.
I don't believe any of them have any 'stress reduction' or healing properties.
I think it's pure gimmick. A healthy fish will maintain and repair its own slime coat anyway, and doesn't need any help. I think Tetra first used Aloe Vera, in their Aquasafe, which is basically one part dechlorinator in 9 parts water. Haloex and the new Prime weren't diluted, so Tetra added a gimmick rather than a fair price. Call me cynical....
I ordered amquel + Thanks! It says it removes pheromones too, that's interesting. I made a series of water changes that brought my tds from 1410 to 690... I don't know how they got that high at all. My kh and gh weren't that high. That is even with my fertilizer and kh added and ph brought to 7.8. It was 600 without that. But that I did quickly and then it went to 690
My fish are less active now, but I read that is almost brackish water, so over a 20 hour period I reduced it. I hope they will be ok, but they seem a little lethargic, but didn't before.
They adapted now!!!... one really small one that has been struggling floating around and stuff is doing so, but the rest are playing. thanks!