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Best water conditioner,stress relief,de-chlorinator

What do you use to treat the water at water change time?

I use whatever is on sale...I this a good idea?
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I love prime from seachem. It really isn't that pricy.

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Just use Prime. Get a 500ml bottle online for around $10 and it will treat 5000g worth of water. Except for Seachem Safe, it's the best value.


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i havent used any in a long time, ive just been adding tap water to my 90 gallon. My tank is heavily planted though and my water conditions are pristine.
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Chlorine is the biggest reason to use a dechlorinator. Plants have nothing to do with it.


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Prime.

I even have duckweed in my water bong!
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As others have said, Prime is widely considered the best de-chlorinator. It's a great choice, especially for larger aquariums since it is so concentrated. I don't like it for my smaller aquariums because it's hard to dose out 1/10 of a capfull of the stuff. I use Zip Drops since you can use it by the drop. Whatever you choose, though, I recommend one that will treat both chlorine and chloramine. Not all on the market do.
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For those that use prime, why do you prefer it? I've used API water conditioner. It's fair priced. The lfs here that. Sells the seachem line wants a fortune for it. Including prime. And I seem to forget to order it online. But I'd be curious why prime is the choice for a lot of people.

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Ive ordered Prime and its on the way but in the short term i picked up the API Tap water conditioner.

Chlorine is a concern but not as much as chloramines
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I hear Prime is the preferred choice as well.
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For those that use prime, why do you prefer it? ...The lfs here that. Sells the seachem line wants a fortune for it. Including prime. And I seem to forget to order it online. But I'd be curious why prime is the choice for a lot of people.
I used to think that too until I asked SeaChem about it:

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ge-gallon.html

I completely sold on the value. I suggest anyone using it get an eye dropper.
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Actually what I do is buy the smallest Prime bottles, as they come with a dropper top, and then just use the big bottles to refill the small ones.

Stuff actually ends up super cheap when you only need one drop per gallon.





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Actually what I do is buy the smallest Prime bottles, as they come with a dropper top, and then just use the big bottles to refill the small ones.

Stuff actually ends up super cheap when you only need one drop per gallon.
Where did you find those? That's even a better idea as I have to rubber band the eye dropper to the 500ml bottle. I loose that dropper almost as much as my car keys.

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Where did you find those? That's even a better idea as I have to rubber babd the eye dropper to the 500ml bottle. I loose that dropper almost as much as my car keys.
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