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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-20-2016, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Chemical mix up

Hey guys while doing a water change i accidentally pored some Seachem Flourish (about 1.5ml) into my Seachem Prime bottle.
My Prime 100ml bottle is still 95% full.
Do you guys think it is going to cause a problem?


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I'd sniff the bottle to see if it smells off (from the usual... I know Prime always smells like rotten eggs, lol) and maybe pour a little out (or suck it up in a syringe or something) into a clear container to see if it's changed color, if there are any particulates that formed, if it's bubbling or any other sign of a chemical reaction. If not, it's almost certainly fine. If it is reacted, I'd toss it out and get a new bottle, unfortunately, but I kind of doubt anything happened.

I think the Prime could have bound and probably did bind the heavy metals and chlorine present in Flourish, but the amount you added was so negligible compared to the size of the bottle that I don't think it matters very much.
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I'd drop Seachem an email to find out....

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I'd drop Seachem an email to find out....
That's a good idea too though I'm not sure they'd know (or I mean, they have that information obviously but whether whoever answers the emails would be willing to give you a good answer is another question, especially considering that "We can't guarantee the safety of this mixture" would ensure you buying another bottle...)
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Well, if you think about what Prime does and what is in Flourish Comp, you can get an idea of the effect. Mostly, you just added water and salts...

There is Chlorine in Flourish, that is going to bind and may make it ever so slightly less effective. It will also bind to the tiny amounts of copper and other "heavy" metals having the same effect.

I don't think for the small amount you mixed that it will cause issues, and I'd just use a tiny bit extra if you were worried about it. I really think we tend to overdose dechlorinators as it is

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Thanx for the advise guys. I did send Seachem a mail so will post their outcome when they get back to me.


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I think that is for the best, yes. Please keep us in the loop.

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Thanx for all the advice. Seachem replied with the following answer:

Thank you for your email. Unfortunately we do not have any studies with mixing products like that in the bottle. I would like to recommend you not use the Prime for water changes.. Again, we are very sorry!

So still in the dark. Will do a water change with the spoiled prime on my shrimp tank to se how they react.


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I'm nearly certain it would be fine, if just a tad bit less effective for the reasons mentioned.

You're doing exactly what I would do.
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If you have test kits, you cold check some water before and after dosing it. Look at things like chlorine.

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The bottom line here is this. Are you going to put your system at risk over the replacement cost of a 100ml bottle of Prime?
The cost of the prime is under $5.

I wouldn't risk it.
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Sorry DaveK maybe it is $5 where u live. I can't even get it in the town i stay in and need to take a 200km drive to get some and then pay over $10 for 100ml. So yes i have no options really.


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Sorry DaveK maybe it is $5 where u live. I can't even get it in the town i stay in and need to take a 200km drive to get some and then pay over $10 for 100ml. So yes i have no options really.


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Only option? You never heard of Amazon or other online sellers? Shipping is often free if you order additional items, and just about everyone needs one thing or another for their tanks.

Here are a couple of examples -

https://www.amazon.com/Prime-100-3-4...=seachem+prime

Seachem Laboratories Prime This is for 250 ml, a larger size.

Aquarium Water Quality & Conditioners: Seachem Prime Water Conditioner This is a special sale price.

I stand by my original post.
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Thanx for the links DaveK. Unfortunately i do not live in the US. But i will definitely look for a South African site that delivers at a reasonable price.


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