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BabyBoyBlue 09-30-2011 10:53 AM

Water Changes and Adding Stress Coat, VitaChem, Flourish
 
After a water change, I add (Prime or Stress Coat), VitaChem and Flourish.

Is there a problem with adding all three at the same time, or should it be spread out to one per day?

AbbeysDad 09-30-2011 11:06 AM

It probably doesn't matter, but the conservative approach would be to use the conditioner immediately (required) then add the other additives 24 hours later.

jeaninel 09-30-2011 11:21 AM

I usually add the Flourish a day or two after a water change because some water conditioner neutralize heavy metals and it may reduce the effectiveness of the fertilizer.

k19smith 09-30-2011 09:17 PM

The flourish should definitely be added 24hrs after the water change I don't know about the VitaChem.

bigfish93 09-30-2011 10:01 PM

As everyone else has said. It is best to add the conditioner first, then add the rest 24 hours later.

Byron 10-01-2011 11:39 AM

Agree with what's been suggested. But I would question the use of Vita-Chem.

My approach is never to add a substance to a fish tank unless it is essential. A conditioner to dechlorinate water is essential. Fertilizer for plant growth is often needed, depending upon other sources of nutrients, and it can't hurt fish if used according to the directions on the product. I use Flourish myself.

Anything beyond the above is likely un-necessary. I've never used Vita-Chem, so I looked it up and from what I can see about the purpose and what's in it, I would not use it. There is certainly no need for it, and it contains a number of chemical substances I would rather didn't get into my aquarium. It's claim that it is essential for better fish colouring is suspect; fish colour is primarily dependent upon what they eat, and a balanced nutritional food selection will do more for that. Plus keeping chemicals out of their water, as these can be stressful and stress can cause loss of colour.

Byron.


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