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post #1 of 13 Old 09-28-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
stress coat or prime ???

i have a 125 gallon freshwater setup i've notice the new town i live in seems to have more chlorine in the water i talked to my lfs guy and he told me i should double up on stress coat when i do water changes im going threw a bottle of stress coat every 5 weeks im wondering if theres a con to switching to prime is seems to go alot farther then stress coat
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-30-2013, 03:03 AM
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I use prime. I recommend it. I know many other fishkeepers who swear by it.

I believe the products do the same thing, it's just API vs. SeaChem brands, so if one is more economical, I say go for it.

I am told you can also age your water by letting it sit out a day or so before adding it to the tank to remove the chlorine, but for a 125g tank that sounds like a pain.
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-30-2013, 07:29 AM
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+1 on the Prime. It will go a lot further because you use a lot less of it. And it works great!

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post #4 of 13 Old 09-30-2013, 08:11 AM
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One more for prime.

Chlorine will dissipate from the water, but chloramine will not. Well, for all intents and purposes it will not. Many municipalities use chloramine now instead of chlorine. But yeah, aging water for large tanks like that just isn't feasible for most people.

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-30-2013, 06:48 PM
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+1 Prime.

All we use.
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-01-2013, 12:22 PM
I use a planted tank with no water changes and just top off water the evaporates.

I also let a new tank set for a week with plants to get the plants established and condition the water.

With that system I do not use any chemicals and do not recommend any including stress coat and prime.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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post #7 of 13 Old 10-03-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
i did my first water change using prime instead of of stress coat last weekend and it could be wishful thinking but my fish seem to be more active and some are showing better color fingers crossed thanks all
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-05-2013, 02:02 AM
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^^ Good deal. Seachem will never let ya down.

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-10-2013, 11:05 AM
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I don't know if stress coat removes ammonia or not, but as mentioned earlier, if it just removes chlorine, and your municipality sterilizes the tap water with chloramines (a more likely scenario) than the water conditioner will just eat up the chlorine and the ammonia will be released into the water column, since chloramine is chlorine bonded with ammonia to keep the sterilization lasting longer.

Letting your chlorine evaporate for 24 hours will have the same effect, the ammonia (if chloramine is used instead) will be released. Personally (I have a 120g and 90g, 6 tanks in total) I let my water age anyway, to let it off -gas, but I still add Prime right before I add the water during a water change to make sure I am not adding ammonia to the tank.

I only use Prime, , am careful not to overdose, it does not seem to create excess algae and goes a lot further that way. I have had good results with it.

Last edited by angelcraze; 10-10-2013 at 11:12 AM. Reason: wanted to add
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-10-2013, 05:00 PM
Don't mean to be rude, but you all are too funny. Ditch that stuff and do it the right way. Kind of doubt God was out there with a bottle of Stress Coat or Prime! I only have a few years experience ove the 30 year mark and have never used that stuff. Geeeeeeeeee!

Sorry just in a mood and the new guys waste a lot of money on things nobody needs.
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