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What kind of water conditioner do you use?

Just trying to get a sense of what everybody is using now a days. I bought my dechlorinator about 10 years ago and it is finally running low. The one that I have been using was made by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals and it was called Dechlorinator.

What's good on the market right now? I need it to be compatible with shrimp though.

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Seachem's Prime. Shrimp safe.

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I use JBL Biotopol
It works very well for me
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i've used stress coat for the last 15 years.

Now i look at the other products but i just can't get myself to change. no reason to either...


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Another vote for seachem prime. I did a cost comparison recently, and since prime requires such low doses (1 ml per 10 gallons) it is definitely the most cost-effective. My shrimp are safe
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I use Seachem Prime as well.
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Amquel works well and doesn't smell, but Prime is more cost-effective. I now use Prime.

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I switched to Prime. I was using Stress Coat before that for years.
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I use Amquel also as that's what I can find locally. However it's becoming harder to find the regular Amquel (everyone wants to carry the "plus") so if I'm going to have to order it anyway I may switch to Prime as well. It'll be a while though, I bought a gallon of the stuff when I lucked up at one of the LFSs.

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I'm currently using Stress Coat, and have for about 15 years. When my current supply is out, I'm going to give the seaChen Prime a shot.

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It looks like Seachem Prime is a popular conditioner around here. I'll give that a shot.

Found some info on it so in case anybody is curious here it goes: (from the Seachem site).






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Prime™ is the complete and concentrated conditioner for both fresh and salt water. Prime™ removes chlorine, chloramine and ammonia. Prime™ converts ammonia into a safe, non-toxic form that is readily removed by the tank’s biofilter. Prime™ may be used during tank cycling to alleviate ammonia/nitrite toxicity. Prime™ detoxifies nitrite and nitrate, allowing the biofilter to more efficiently remove them. It will also detoxify any heavy metals found in the tap water at typical concentration levels.Prime™ also promotes the production and regeneration of the natural slime coat. Prime™ is non-acidic and will not impact pH. Prime™ will not overactivate skimmers. Use at start-up and whenever adding or replacing water.

Sizes: 50 mL, 100 mL, 250 mL, 500 mL, 2L, 4L, 20 L


DIRECTIONS: Use 1 capful (5 mL) for each 200 L (50 gallons*) of new water. For smaller doses, please note each cap thread is approx. 1 mL). This dose removes approximately 0.6 mg/L ammonia, 3 mg/L chloramine, or 4 mg/L chlorine. May be added to aquarium directly, but better if added to new water first. If adding directly to aquarium, base dose on aquarium volume. Sulfur odor is normal. For exceptionally high chloramine concentrations, a double dose may be used safely. To detoxify nitrite in an emergency, up to 5 times normal dose may be used. If temperature is > 30 °C (86 °F) and chlorine or ammonia levels are low, use a half dose.

500 mL treats 5000 gallons*. More than any other de-chlorinato
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I use Prime based on a recommendation
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Prime. Works good and is affordable.

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Time for me to switch I guess
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I use prime as well, thats what the LFS has on hand.
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