should i use prime?

  1. t-ace Member Member

    I have recently decided to switch my water conditioner from tetra aquasafe to prime based on the recommendations I have read here on fishlore. All of the advice that I have gotten here has been priceless. But, I have read in a few threads that prime will leave a film on the waters surface. I don't have airstones in either of my tanks, and I have gouramis in both. Also, I am in the process of starting up a five gallon betta tank.
    My question is, is the film that the prime will leave on the water's surface bad for the surface breathing fish?
  2. Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    Aquasafe is fine to use. Imo, there's really no reason to switch.
    I keep some Prime on hand in case I have a mini cycle and need to detox.

  3. t-ace Member Member

    The only reason that I bought the prime is because I got a bottle really cheap online and I am almost out of aquasafe. I figured that with all of the positve comments that I have seen on fishlore, it would be a safe move. I was just wondering about the surface film effecting my labrinth fish.
  4. Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    I've never noticed a film from Prime....perhaps others have?
    Prime might be more cost effective because you use only 2 drops per gallon.

  5. t-ace Member Member

    Yet another reason why I made the switch. As a college student, fish keeping is an expensive hobby. Very rewarding though, when I have a stressful day, caring for and watching my fish is very Zen. I love it!
  6. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    hmm I dont have a film from prime either...
  7. t-ace Member Member

    I don't run airstones in my tanks, so there isn't much surface agitation other than the filter. I saw in a thread some where in the water conditioner section a couple of days ago that another member claimed to have a surface film as a result of using prime. I am just trying to make sure that I am not making a mistake by switching my conditioners.

  8. Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

    Prime is a good conditioner to have on hand in the event of a mini cycle. I use Aqua Safe but keep some Prime around. If I were you, I would try the Prime. Mix it well into the new water you are adding, if possible. Just keep an eye on things. There are lots of people here who use it, and have gouramis. If you notice a problem at any point, just switch back to your old conditioner. I would just say you should keep the Prime in case you ever have ammonia or nitrites.
  9. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    well to save the money, id go with prime for reasons lucy well as air stones are cheap if you need one ! ;)
  10. agabr123 Fishlore VIP Member

    i've never had a film with prime and i use it in all of my tanks that have fairly low surface disturbance for my bettas :) it works very well and is very condensed so it's much cheaper than other water conditioners for me

  11. t-ace Member Member

    Thanks for the replies everyone:;hp
  12. t-ace Member Member

    The prime has been successful so far! I don't know why, but I worry about things too much.:;smack Prime is recommended so often on fishlore, and my fish friends wouldn't steer me wrong!
  13. Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

    I'm glad it is working out for you :)