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Any normal non-"fix it all magical water conditioners"?

It's seems Novaqua, seachem prime, jungle labs are all on the aloe vera, herbal extract, fish slime, remove/add every chemical you can bandwagon. I read that adding slime coat could stress fish by reducing their ability to breathe, from getting it in their gills. They also remove ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates, something I'd like to keep in my tank. I now Novaqua uses borate buffer salts to buffer ph. Everything I've read about buffering your water = bad news. I'm just looking for something to remove chlorine/chloramine and any heavy metals in my tap water.

What do you guys use?

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Seachem prime does not contain aloe vera. While they "say" they help fish slime, I do not think they actually have anything that effects it. The natural process of these chemicals already breaks down ammonia(you want this, since when you break down chloramine you get ammonia and it needs to be handled).

Prime will never hurt your fish. It is highly concentrated.

There is a powder: Chloram-X. and a liquid: chloramine buster, that are cheaper still.

If you want something to remove chlorine/chloramine, it is going to handle ammonia and nitrates too. They are still bioavailable to your plants, the water conditioner did not magically make them evaporate.
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http://www.seachem.com/support/forum...ead.php?p=7041

Seachem is always very hush hush about there products, but I am guessing the "slime coat" effect is merely secondary.

FWIW, I use Cloram-x http://www.reed-store.com/shop.cfm/A...ntrol/CLRMX-5/
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I think most people use and recommend Prime, including it. Only two drops per gallon is needed for a water change, so a bottle will last a long long time.
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Seachem prime is wonderful, and when it says it detoxifies the nitrates, nitrites and ammonia, it doesn't remove them, and they're still in the tank available for your plants to use them. It does bind to iron, copper and other heavy metals though. Just don't use it the same day you dose iron, because the effects of prime last only 24 hours according to seachem.
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