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best kind of water conditioner
Old 11-10-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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Cool best kind of water conditioner

which one do you think is best for a heavily planted freshwater tank? i currently use Prime
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:36 AM   #2
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I like Prime.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:05 AM   #3
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Prime is my #1 pick too.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:24 AM   #4
I used to use StressCoat, but was a little concerned about the aloe. I've been using Prime for several months.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:22 AM   #5
PRIME, PRIME, PRIME!!!!! The best you can buy!
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:56 PM   #6
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Why waste your money for something you don't need? The water conditioner you "need" [and the one that answers your initial question] is the one that will handle the issues in your tap water. Not all tap water is the same.

Prime is a very good water conditioner but it fiddles with all sorts of water chemistry, and that means adding chemicals to the tank and messing with the natural biology. If your tap water contains ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, fine; but if it doesn't, I would suggest a different water conditioner. There are many that do the job adequately, often for less money too.

There is another issue, and that is the live plants. These are nature's water conditioner, to a point; it is preferable to let them do their job. Some of the stuff that Prime fiddles with are essential nutrients for plants.

If your water only contains chlorine, you have a wide range of available conditioners. I am in this group, so I look for a water conditioner that handles chlorine and preferably nothing else. There are a couple. If you have chloramine as well, then you need a conditioner that handles that. Most (with a couple exceptions) will deal with chlorine and chloramine as basics. After that, the next thing they handle are heavy metals. Then some also detoxify ammonia. Then there are a few that also detoxify nitrite, and lastly nitrate. Unless you have ammonia, nitrite or nitrate in the tap water, you do not need a conditioner that deals with these. The plants need nitrogen, and they are very quick to grab ammonia/ammonium. Nitrite and nitrate will never be an issue in a planted tank that is not over stocked with fish.

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Old 11-19-2011, 10:19 AM   #7
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excellent posts!
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:09 AM   #8
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So then does anyone have recommendations on a specific product that JUST takes care of chlorine, chloramine, and heavy metals?
A while ago I switched from a product that does more than I need to just a very basic one. Actually, I went from Stress Coat to using plain Dechlor, to be exact. I don't know if it gets more basic than that! (I think its funny the label hasn't changed, I remember this stuff from thirty years ago! ) Anyway, I save the Stress Coat for when it might actually do some good, like on new acquisitions.
So, anyone have specific basic product recommendations?
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:43 PM   #9
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Most water conditioners detoxify chlorine, chloramine and heavy metals. I have always used one, namely Kordon's NovAqua, for close to 15 years. Last year I decided to try one that did not mess with the metals, since I don't have mineral/metal in the tap water and the plants can easily handle trace amounts, plus the conditioner negates the Flourish for a day.

I thus went with Big Al's which only handles chlorine/chloramine. My only negative on this product is that is does create cloudy water for a day; the more you use (overdosing) the worse the cloudiness the following day. I have read elsewhere about this. Doesn't seem to bother the fish, so a visual issue. It doesn't cloud on the water change day, oddly, but only the day following. And it has done so with every water changes in all 7 of my tanks.

When the Big Al's is gone, i intend going back to my former which is only available where I live (it is a local product); it handles chlorine and heavy metals. I use it because it is about half the cost of most other similar conditioners. If it were not for the extra cost, I would stay with Kordon's. I was very happy using it.
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