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post #1 of 7 Old 07-08-2007, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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What type of water conditioner do you use/prefer? Are the ones that control ammonia/nitrates/nitrites better than others that only make tap water safe?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-09-2007, 02:42 AM
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I prefer the dechlorinator that eliminates chlorine and chloramine over chemicals used to eliminate ammonia/nitrites/nitrates. Water changes can be done to eliminate/dilute the three.

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I prefer the dechlorinator that eliminates chlorine and chloramine over chemicals used to eliminate ammonia/nitrites/nitrates. Water changes can be done to eliminate/dilute the three.
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Welcome, I use api's stress coat and let the filter take care of your ammonia/nitrites/nitrates. You shouldn't get in the habbit of using chemicals/buffers unless you have to.
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post #4 of 7 Old 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.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-09-2007, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 2.5 gallon rectangular tank [not running yet] and plan on getting a Betta. I purchased a filter to go with it but the current was too strong and have decided against it. People have told me that without water circulation and doing frequent water changes my tank will not have time to cycle. So I'm wondering if I need to buy something that helps keep ammonia/nitrates/nitrites down or just something to make tap water safe?
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-09-2007, 12:01 PM
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Mine is a stress coat conditioner from API that "replaces slime coat, reduces electrolyte loss, promotes tissue regeneration, removes chlorine and chloramine."
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-09-2007, 12:41 PM
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I have a 2.5 gallon rectangular tank [not running yet] and plan on getting a Betta. I purchased a filter to go with it but the current was too strong and have decided against it. People have told me that without water circulation and doing frequent water changes my tank will not have time to cycle. So I'm wondering if I need to buy something that helps keep ammonia/nitrates/nitrites down or just something to make tap water safe?
With some tanks (even with filters) you do not really get much of a cycle going because conditions are not ideal for bacterial growth. In cases like these you basically have to resort to more frequent water changes. In a small tank this is simple because it's just a matter of changing 25-30% of the water 1-2 times a week. The nitrogen cycle is important but not neccisary if you can do those water changes to keep ammonias, nitrites and nitrates down. A water conditioner should not be used to combat pollutants in the tank. While it changes the molecular structures of the elements, it does not remove organic matter that produces them and it will only temporarily help your tank.

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