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Hello there. I was wondering if I'm supposed to use Prime after a tank is fully cycled(I'm on a well) If so a half dose? Also, does anyone know if Prime contains any phosphates at all?
What are some of the best ways to lower phosphate levels in an aquarium or is it better to use filtered water from a Britta filter? Thanks.
I always suggest using a water conditioner that suits what you need, rather than one that does more than you need. Do you know what is in your well water, or added?
Prime does not contain phosphate, as far as I know. Do you have reason to think you have phosphates?
You shouldn't have to use Prime at all on a well.
The phosphate is probably coming from the well water. Are you having algae problems or did you just happen to test phosphate and see that you have some? Unless it is really excessive you shouldn't have problems with low levels. It will get in the tank via food anyways so it is not the end of the world.
You don't 'need' Prime unless you suspect issues with ammonia, nitrites, nitrates or heavy metals in your well water. I'm not sure why you suspect phosphates in your well water, but if you live in an agricultural area, nitrates are a strong possibility so you should test your well water.
There are products you can use in your filter to adsorb phosphates. Fluval Clearmax is one that claims to deal with phosphates.
A brita filter probably isn't feasible, although an API Tap Water filter may be more appropriate.
Some might suggest an RO/DI system ($100 - $500), but if your [well] water system is like mine, you wouldn't have consistent 50+psi for the RO membrane function without a booster pump (which increases the cost and complexity of the installation). Also, RO systems produce around 4 gallons of waste water for every gallon of RO or RO/DI water.
I personally use Prime because it is good all around water conditioner and takes much less than other's to treat same volume of water= more money saved for fishies.8-)
If you were to take a poll across several forums,,I suspect the majority of folks would be using Prime.
Won't find many fishes in nature living in glass boxes either.:lol:
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