06-10-2007, 03:01 PM
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Yeah its safe but personally I try to put in as little chemicals as possible. What kind of fish do you have in the tank? Do you have plants in there?Here is my opinion on each of the things you said.
Aqua Plus (Tap Water Conditioner): decent water conditioner. I would also suggest Prime and Amquel Plus.
Crystal Clear II (Clears Cloudy Water): cloudy water is related to two things usually...small particles in the water that are too small for the filter to pick up or a bacterial bloom, usually associated with too much ammonia. Crystal Clear is what is called a floculant, it binds small particles together so they are big enough for the filter to pick up. The only two reasons you would need this is if there is a lot of small excess food in the water or dust from new gravel. Both of those will filter out eventually though. Crystal Clear is a product that usually shouldnt need to be used on a regular basis. If your cloudy water is a result of bacterial bloom, then you have a bacteria issue and the tank is not established enough. Some people use Crystal CLear to try and treat green water (algea) but that can usually be treated by simply keeping the lights off more.
Cycle (Reduces Fish Loss): good product to use but not a neccessity. Personally I add bacteria starter (I use Stability) everytime I do water changes but its still not needed.
Water Softener Pillow: This depends on what kind of fish you have and if you are doing plants and such. THe majority of fish you buy from your local fish store will withstand hard water. Every store I have worked at has had there water very hard (at the top of the chart). I don't adjust my water because throwing a fish from a store with hard water into a tank with soft water can affect the fish. If you want to soften the water that is fine, but make sure you can keep it stable and not have any large fluctuations.
pH reducer: This is the same deal with the water softener pillow. Most fish will withstand high pH and most stores have their tanks at 8-8.4. My tank at home is in that range as well. Again, I dont adjust it because if I buy a fish from 8.4 water and throw it into my 7.0 tank, the fish could go into shock. If you want to adjust pH, that is fine but make sure you can keep it stable and without any large fluctuations. I have heard complaints about pH adjustment chemicals that the change is not permenant and they have to constantly monitor the water and make adjustments.
Aquarium Salt: This also depends on the kinfd of fish you have. Personally I don't agree with keeping salt in a tank at all times. I use it only if my fish get sick. Using salt is the equivelent of humans resting when they catch a cold. You rest to allow your body to exert less energy and be able to focus it's strength on fighting off the disease. However, if you were to spend your whole life sleeping in bed, you would get a very weakened immune system as well as a weakened circulatory and respiratory system...the same happens with fish.
I don't know if that helps at all because I don't really know if you have a certain goal in mind and there are particular reasons you add the chemicals. There are pretty much upsides and downsides to everything in the fish hobby. Chemically, I only use Prime water conditioner and Stability bacteria starter. Occasionally I throw in a little Florish plant fertilizer but my plants seem to do ok without it.