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post #1 of 9 Old 08-24-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Prime conditioner smell

As I was changing water today I noticed my Prime has a strong odor. Has anyone else smelled this or is something wrong with mine?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-24-2012, 08:09 PM
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I don't use Prime, but I believe i have been told that it tends to smell something like sulphur.

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I don't use Prime, but I believe i have been told that it tends to smell something like sulphur.
Yes that's it. Thank you. BTW, what do you use?

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-24-2012, 08:23 PM
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Yes that's it. Thank you. BTW, what do you use?
The cheapest I can buy. I only have chlorine in my water, so I look for a conditioner that handles chlorine (which all of them do) and then get the least expensive. I did try Big Al's but it left the tanks slightly cloudy for one to two days, so I am now using Nutrafin. For years I used Kordon's but it is more expensive.

You need one that handles whatever is in your water.

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-24-2012, 09:13 PM
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Mine has that sulpher smell, too. It's normal. The main ingredient is a sulpher-based compound. If you look on the website, it says a sulpher smell is normal. Nothing to worry about except making the bathroom smell bad!

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-24-2012, 09:39 PM
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Yeah - Prime stinks to high heaven but it works pretty good :)

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post #7 of 9 Old 08-25-2012, 09:27 PM
Going to agree with the others, it has a strong sulfurous smell.
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-25-2012, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all.

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-26-2012, 07:58 AM
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I purchased some Seachem Safe. It is like a powder version of prime except it is super concentrated and a lot cheaper. The smell is 100X worse. I use 1/4 teaspoon per 50 gallons. I have over 750 gallons of aquariums.

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