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post #1 of 8 Old 10-12-2009, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Question water conditioner

i've seen twistermom talk alot about prime in quite a few of the post i've read on the forum....my lfs showed me the bottle told me it was super concentrated and that it did work wonders but then handed me a bottle of API stresscoat water conditioner to purchase instead....can you tell me what the diff. is between the two and should i ditch the api and grab a bottle of prime to use with water changes instead??? then what should i use for when adding fish or when they seems stressed?? i'm new to this so any and all info is helpful!

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-12-2009, 09:13 PM
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eiter one will work it was just the sales associates personal prefrence or maybe thats what he uses. they will prob do the same thing but prime is much better and comes highly reccomended from pretty much everyone on here.
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-13-2009, 01:09 AM
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Product stress coat does not address ammonia. It detoxifys chlorine and breaks the bond of chlorine and ammonia from CHLORAMINES but leaves the ammonia for biological filter to break down. This is ok for established tanks with healthy biological filter, but in new tanks,, there isn't the bacteria yet established to deal with the ammonia from CHLORAMINES which is a combination of chlorine and ammonia.
Product PRIME detoxifys chlorine,chloramines,AND ammonia. It also can be used at double the dose when dealing with elevated nitrite levels. It also deals with heavy metals.
Anything that claims to coat the fishes skin with substance such as aloe vera in my opinion,, must then also coat the fishes gills and nostrils as well ,thus making it more stressful on fish. Others claim that aloe vera can't adhere to anything in water and doesn't do anything to benefit the fish.
My own expierience with such products only proved to clog filters much too quickly.
I use PRIME cause it deals with the afore mentioned chlorine,chloramines,and ammonia and it takes considerably less of PRIME to treat ten gal of water than it does most other conditioners.

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-13-2009, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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so prime can then be used during pwc?? thank you for all your input it has been very helpful

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-14-2009, 01:03 AM
prime last longer and is cheaper in the long run as it is highly concentrated.

API stress coat will not remove ammonia, but stress coat+ will
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+1 for Prime, I made the switch a while ago, and it's great stuff
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-14-2009, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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i'm going to pick up some prime today...i'll hang on the the stress coat....thank you for all the advice

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-15-2009, 03:37 AM
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prime last longer and is cheaper in the long run as it is highly concentrated.

API stress coat will not remove ammonia, but stress coat+ will
Nice catch Jack, Stresscoat+ does indeed appear to address ammonia. Kinda like Amquel doesn't address ammonia,but AMQUEL+ does.

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