Originally Posted by MrBishop
yeah i use AquaSafe. is that ok? also what is EasyBalence by Tetra?
Tetra's Easy Balance is a chemical you add to an aquarium to avoid doing water changes. In other words, forget it.
It has to be used weekly, and it is not inexpensive. As for what is supposedly does [cited from their website]:
This liquid offers a number of benefits, including: reduction of phosphate; stabilization of pH and KH; and replenishment of essential vitamins, trace elements and minerals. It keeps aquarium water biologically balanced for up to 6 months.
I am very skeptical of any additive that can keep an aquarium biologically balanced. First, the partial water change removes urine and liquified waste that cannot be removed by any other means that I am aware of, so if this product does eliminate water changes I'd like to know how it removes urine. I would suspect they are talking nitrates, which is a very different thing. Their warning elsewhere that the tank must be well oxygenated also makes me wonder how this "works." Rather than debate its effectiveness, it is more useful to weigh the detrimental effects.
Your fish are in an enclosed environment. What you put in the water, they cannot escape from. In nature they can avoid toxins and chemicals by swimming away; but in the aquarium, they cannot escape from what you put in the water. Add to this the fact that every chemical and substance added to the water, be it conditioner, fertilizer for plants, ammonia detoxifier, this stuff, whatever...all of it will affect the fish and biology, whether for good, or bad. My advice, shared I believe by many aquarists, is don't add something you don't really need. Water conditioner we use because there is chlorine etc. in the tap water and it would within seconds kill the fish. But there is no need to add this stuff, when a weekly partial water change will certainly provide the biological balance they claim, and with no negative consequences to the fish and plants (if any).
There is another similar product by another manufacturer, forgotten the name just now, but a while back someone was using it and it significantly raised the ammonia in the tank. This is just another reason not to use these "wonder" drugs. As in science, every action has a reaction.