07-09-2007, 09:51 AM
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I agree, if you are really having issues with ammonia, nitrite and nitrate then throwing chemicals in wont solve your problems. Some tap waters do have elevated levels of those elements though so if yours does then it is not a bad idea to get a chemical to treat everything. I have two favorites, Amquel+ by Kordon and Prime by Seachem. Both will treat chlorine, chloramines, nitrites, nitrates and ammonia. I don't ever use them to buffer my tank though, just to treat new water. The Prime has an added stress coat but it is not thick like StressCoat. I don't like the thick ones because they will not dissipate as fast in the water. What size tank do you have? Amquel+ treats 10 gallons per capful and Prime treats 50 gallons per capful...so I find Prime a lot more economical for larger tanks. The truth is though, if you are using it just to treat new water, pretty much any conditioner will do the trick as long as it treats chlorines and chloramines.