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I am just curious, and trying to get as many opinions as I can...
Currently I use Prime when I do my water changes, because as far as I know, it is the best on the market. However, recently I have been finding a lot of other products that appear to do the same thing: Remove ammonia, chlorine, chloramine, add trace elements, etc etc.

So, the big question, which conditioner do you use?
followed by the little questions
-Did you notice a difference
-What cost/size bottle are you finding, dosage, speed at which you go through it
-Where is your source

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i cant answer any of questions bec. i never use conditioner or dechlorinator and what not for about 1 1/2 year now, i guess we have good water here in the valley.

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Well, I have city water, and am paranoid that they will flush the pipes one day, and I won't have anything alive in my tanks after!
At one point our house had a well, and from what I understand the water here was pretty good. However, a while back Conrail had a spillage at the yard (we have a very large train depot not 1/2 mile from my house) and with the underground water flowing from there, towards our house, and then to the river, they had to put city water in everyone's homes to prevent contamination. So, although we still have the well, it is concrete'd in, not to be used even for watering the yard/aquariums/such and such.

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I prefer Prime. Someone told me to use it one day so I bought a case. I only add Prime when I can smell the chlorine in the water, or when bringing in an order of fish. Mostly I do not use anything, 20% new water does not seem to effect my fish.

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I use Tetra brand Aquasafe.

I use for the better safe than sorry rule.

an 8.45oz bottle cost under $9 at walmart and is suppose to treat 500gal.

Also the de.scription states
1- Neutralizes chlorine, chloramines, and heavy metals harmful to fish
2- enhances the natural protective slime coating of fish
3- complete formula, works in seconds.

Now that I am reading the bottle it says

The new bioextract formula contains natural biopolymers which support the development of beneficial filter bacteria for healthy and clear water.


I like it even more now that I actually read the bottle. Chris

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You live in Kingsburg CA., and we have the cleanest water in the state. We do not add anything to our water. That is what the city told me when I went to talk to them about the water here. I do add a water conditioner from WON it's called No Chlorine. 5ml condition 100 gallons of water. I buy it by the gallon. I will always be safe with my fish.

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I live in NYC - which gets its water from the Catskills 200 miles away. It is very good water - probably the best tasting from any large city i've been to - - - however - the water system here dates back to the Civil War in parts, as does the service to my house - well 1890 - - where leaded copper was used frequently.

So i don't take any chances - I use Wardley's 3-in-1 which gives me a good sense of security - and is not hard to find. NYC - the Bronx - is almost a black hole when it comes to a GOOD LFS - everything is picked apart and the remains are expensive.

What is Prime?? - who uts it out?

I also use aquarium salt and a little stress coat - because 20% water change in a 125 must be pretty stressful.

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Some parts of NYC get their water from the Poconos and from the Delaware River.

Thats why so many in Easton PA and Philipburg NJ dislike NYC because they keep the Delaware River level high for your water and then when heavy rains come it floods those 2 cities.

It doesn't apply to me, I enjoy NYC and visit a couple times a month.

I can never get enough of the "City". 8)

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I'm a small town country boy, you guys can have the big city life.

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well - I'm on an island - removed from the rest of the city as well as the rest of the surrounding area - so - it feels like a small town here - complete with it's share of in-breeding. I am also from an area of farms - potatoes, cabbages, duck farms, and sod farms - as well as long island sweet corn - however they're all gone now. So - this was our mid-way point - she wanted to be in Manhattan - I wanted to be as far from the sprawl and people as possible - so i settled here - can see stars, air is clean and i can see the horizon - not many places in the NE you can say that about. edit - oh yeah - NYC taxes are the cheapest anywhere in the NE - and i can see the water from my house.

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Sounds very cool, but what your describing sounds like the Hamptons. :lol:

Do you really live there? 8)

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i use fritz clorine/cloramine remover is like 17per gallon i order it from the florida tropical fish farmers association

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dementedarego";p="2768 wrote:
an 8.45oz bottle cost under $9 at walmart and is suppose to treat 500gal.

I have over 600 gallons of water though, so that bottle will only last a few weeks at most.
I am looking for something like prime, which treats large quantities of water, and in a large bottle, at least 2L if not 4L/1gallon size. I love ordering in bulk, as the cost savings is nice, and I hate having to run around all the time...

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Sounds very cool, but what your describing sounds like the Hamptons. :lol:

Do you really live there? 8)


I actually grew up near Westhampton Beach - however City Island is in the Bronx - in Long Island Sound - it is cool - but not NYC trendy cool -

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Biddy";p="2861 wrote:
dementedarego";p="2768 wrote:
an 8.45oz bottle cost under $9 at walmart and is suppose to treat 500gal.

I have over 600 gallons of water though, so that bottle will only last a few weeks at most.
I am looking for something like prime, which treats large quantities of water, and in a large bottle, at least 2L if not 4L/1gallon size. I love ordering in bulk, as the cost savings is nice, and I hate having to run around all the time...



Check out Jehmco.
He has a bulk powder.

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