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products to take out chlorine

I'm setting up a new planted 120g this weekend and plan on using tetra safestart to help accelerate the cycle and i am not using RO water.

My question is, what products do you recommend to take the chlorine out of the water yet leave the ammonia intact for the bacteria to feed upon? is tetra aquasafe a good product to use in this case?

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Pee in the tank.

Pee in the tank. I am not joking. Or put a small piece of shrimp in there to rot.
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what is the difference between prime and aquasafe?
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prime neutralizes the chlorine in the watter but is still available for the bacteria to feed on. safe start is just bacteria in a bottle.
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Pee in the tank. I am not joking. Or put a small piece of shrimp in there to rot.
Do you pee in your tanks often?
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urine isn't going to neutralize chlorine...... And is full of other crap. Just use ammonia for that part.

As for the dechlorinator, use Prime. More concentrated(when you compare, it actually treats wayyyyyyyyyyyy more.), more effective, etc.

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http://www.thetropicaltank.co.uk/rev-cond.htm

The rest of them are a waste of money, in comparison, as they treat usually 1/4 or less water for about the same price.
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Pee in the tank.
Thats about as good of an idea as putting roadkill in the tank...

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Just FYI, how to use it properly. They sent me a new bottle after I talked to them about how misleading their directions were. Basically, treat your water with whatever dechlorinator, wait 24 hours, then add the TSS. I'd wait a couple more hours so the bacteria can get going.

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Quote:
> Hello there,
> >
> > We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with the product, Safe
> > Start. This product is so effective that large aquariums such as the
> > Georgia Aquarium use it, even for the whale shark display, and new
> > displays they are designing. When this product does not work, it is
> > usually due to incorrect usage. Here are some tips that can make it
> > more effective:
> >
> > - Never use it directly after adding a water conditioner. The water
> > conditioner will harm the solution the bacteria is in, and they need
> > this solution to live on until there is enough fish waste in the tank
to
> > provide food for them.
> >
> > - Never mix any other chemicals in with it. Medications, clarifiers,
> > algae products, etc, can all harm bacteria.
> >
> > - Never freeze it or allow it to get really hot.
> >
> > In your case, you used both Aquasafe and Easy Balance at the same time
> > as using Safe Start. This probably caused the product to not work to
> > its full potential. However, 3.0 ammonia in 24 hours is highly
unusual,
> > even without using any Safe start, so there was apparently something
> > else going on as well. Perhaps the fish were not eating much food
since
> > it was a new set up and there was a lot of leftover food.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Tetra
> >
> >
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I still have a hard time believing that bb will survive in a bottle on the shelve.

+1 on prime
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Do you guys not like API Stress Coat or decholrinating and slime coat?
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Do you guys not like API Stress Coat or decholrinating and slime coat?
nope. For starters, I'm not aware of any waterway where aloe vera oil is running rampant in my water....

There is nothing to prove that it does anything and for the price PRIME treats way more water.
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Thats about as good of an idea as putting roadkill in the tank...
I disagree. Roadkill would not be the same and would be a lot riskier since you do not know what all is in/on it. You do realize that urine is sterile right? The point is to add ammonia, not possum guts With that being said, I do love Prime and that would work for all the things the OP is looking for.
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I'm pretty sure they were being sarcastic. I however, feel that possum guts just don't get the recognition that they deserve for the many uses around the home. YMMV


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+1 for the prime here too.
I would also recommend sodium thiosulfate (Na2S2O3), it can be had for +- 5$ a LB in a dry form and will last a Long time. I keep mine in a sealed, dry, dark container with a little desiccant. I mix it up in 10 OZ batches and that will last me 6 months. I throw it out when it starts to put off the sulfur aroma. It is super cheap compared to premixed products.
I do not have any idea if it reacts with ammonia.
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