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aging water: is there a need to do this if you still use prime?

I suppose prime is added for insurance but if that the case, why aged the water at all?

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Most of us don't age water. Just use prime and tap water.
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Most of us don't age water. Just use prime and tap water.
water first? or prime first?

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either or. I use a python hose to fill, so I just add enough prime for all of the tank volume while the water is going in.
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Aging water? I used to do that WAY back when, some 40+ years ago. Haven't done that since.....

I suppose you can if you only have chlorine in your water as it will outgas in 24-48 hours. I use Prime now at 1 drop per gallon before adding it to my tanks.
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Is there any real difference between Seachem "Prime" and Jungle "Start Right"?

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Try running a fishroom with 30+ tanks and you will find most of us does age our water along with heating and de-clorinating it well before we change out the water.

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Aging water can help if you need to premix water to certain parameters or have excessive amounts of dissolved gasses in your tap water.

Or, as Brad mentioned, if you have large volumes you need to change on a regular basis.

Personally, I don't.





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Is there any real difference between Seachem "Prime" and Jungle "Start Right"?
Start right might seem cheaper, however prime can treat significantly more volume. A 250mL bottle of prime gives me 33 water changes on my 75 gallon tank(I do 50% changes weekly, using enough prime for the entire tank volume because I use a python. If you used a bucket, you could use jsut enough prime for the volume replaced). I realistically get about 30 water changes out of a bottle, since I'm a sloppy sally. If you used a dosing syringe you'd get the best economy.
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Prime is great stuff for one or two tanks but at this point in my personally hobby life I've switched to ClorAm-X dry powder, the 5lb and 10lb buckets last for every and do the same job. Just like with dry ferts I've found it's easier and faster to measure de-chlorinator out by the dry spoon rather than with liquids.

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We always have a few jugs of water sitting around. Use it whenever we do water changes and never know when the town will have a broken pipe and turn the water off so it comes in handy for that too.


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We always have a few jugs of water sitting around. Use it whenever we do water changes and never know when the town will have a broken pipe and turn the water off so it comes in handy for that too.
Do you live in a 3rd world country? Fearing a city wide water outage of more than a very short while seems more than silly... and I live in BFE...
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Do you live in a 3rd world country? Fearing a city wide water outage of more than a very short while seems more than silly... and I live in BFE...
They still pipe daylight to us, if we get a broken pipe it goes dark !!

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They still pipe daylight to us, if we get a broken pipe it goes dark !!
Nah, I lived in Tampa. Sunlight you've got. Nice cool, dry days... not so much. 90 degrees at 1 am is total BS.
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Ah, you can never be too careful! I always keep a couple of jugs of it around anyways ... But as for the prime or any other alike product, I've never used it on any planted tank I 've had..

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