Too much dechlorinator? Best anti-stess product?

Discussion in 'Advanced Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by azbev, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. azbevValued MemberMember

    I have a 20-gallon fresh; for water changes, I simply use 1-gallon jugs of tap water, dechlorinated with TopFin dechlorinator (no fancy ingredients -- 2 drops per gallon). When attempting to remove a couple of cory fry to re-home, my fish seemed to get stressed. All I had on hand was Api Stresscoat, so even though no dechlorinator was needed, I added about 15 ml. to the tank. Question: is there ever TOO MUCH dechlorinator? (I have since read about Seachem Stress Guard. Do you recommend keeping that on hand for these occasions?)

    If using Stresscoat to dechlorinate at water change: the bottle says 5 ml per 10 gallons and say I'm doing just a 4-gallon water change) is it okay to add the 5 ml? If so, is it okay to add it to just one jug first and then add the other three (which would have no dechlorinator in them)? Or should I cut the amount to about 2 ml? (....sorta confused about dechlorinators....)

    I've also read that Seachem Prime is the best water conditioner. True?

    Thank you very much for your answers and suggestions. :)
  2. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    No need for Stressguard if you're doing water changes properly.

    If you're adding different jugs of water to the tank, I'd either dose the entire tank (if using Stresscoat, add 10 ml for 20 gal) and then add the water or dose each jug for the amount it holds (2.5 ml for 4 gal).

    Prime is a great dechlorinator - you get a lot for your money, it removes chlorines and chloramines, detoxifies ammonia and nitrites, and removes metals.
  3. azbevValued MemberMember

    Hi TexasDomer, Thank you for taking the time to post. I still have the basic question: is there ever TOO MUCH dechlorinator? I know PetSmart just squeezes several drops into the bag when sending home a fish ... I just wondered if, since I know the water already has dechlorinator in it, if adding several more drops matters -- or are decholorinators fairly weak or nonharmful if there's too much in the water, etc.?
    Also, in regards to Stressguard, I would not use it routinely; I just wondered if it's a good product to have on hand, to be used in cases as I described (fish getting stressed when I was netting fry.) Thank you.
  4. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    None of these products relieves stress, that's just a gimmick to get you to buy them. With dechlorinators I dose the correct amount for the amount of water you're adding. Dose the water you're adding, not the whole tank, that's another gimmick to make you use more.
  5. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I'm sure there's an amount that's too much, but it'd be much more than adding a few drops to water that's already be treated.

    I'd invest in Prime - it'll last much longer than Stress Coat as you need much less to dechlorinate the water.
  6. azbevValued MemberMember

    Thank you.
  7. tokiodreamyWell Known MemberMember

    Prime states on the bottle that you can safely do 5x the amount

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