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Old 03-03-2013, 03:55 PM   #1 
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Best Betta water conditioner

I recently was sold Betta Basics by Prime for my betta bowls. However, I also have read that Prime is better.
1: What is the best water conditioner?
2: How do you dose Prime for 2.5 and 3 gallon tanks?

Are there other better water conditioners?
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:57 PM   #2 
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Seachems prime is one of the best I've run into yet.

For dosage you do 2 drops per gallon of water. An eye dropper is a handy tool. So for 2.5 you want 5 drops and for 3 gallons you want 6 :3
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:01 PM   #3 
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I use Prime.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:51 PM   #4 
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It depends on what you're trying to do....

You definitely want a condition that will neutralize/remove chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals. There are a lot of conditioners that are fine for this....

If you also want a conditioner that will temporarily neutralize ammonia, then Prime Water Conditioner is excellent....

If you are dealing with an issue like torn fins, then API Stress Coat is good. It contains aloe, which is soothing, and helps promote healing....

The actual amount that gets added to the tank depends on which conditioner you use. Once you decide on a conditioner, tell us which one you've chosen. Also tell us what the dosing info on the back of the bottle says. We can tell you how much you need to add, based on the info that you give us.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:02 PM   #5 
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Betta Basics by Prime is just a diluted version of Prime... so they sell you less for more lol! They work the same, but you use about 10x less with Prime than you do with Betta Basics.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:46 AM   #6 
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If you prefer millilitres to drops, I have worked out that you use 0.1ml of Prime per gallon. I use a 1 ml syringe to dose my tanks. :)
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:51 AM   #7 
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Betta Basics by Prime is just a diluted version of Prime... so they sell you less for more lol! They work the same, but you use about 10x less with Prime than you do with Betta Basics.
I think Betta Basics also buffers your pH at 7, which Prime doesn't do.

I do the same as Bombalurina. A 1ml syringe from the chemist makes dosing Prime into smaller tanks a lot easier.

Only water conditioner I have found that seems to work as good as Prime, is an Australian made brand that I don't think is available overseas.

Tried API Stress coat and was not impressed. The only time the cycle in one of my tanks ever crashed was when I used it. Coincidence or not it has put me off.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:57 AM   #8 
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I think Betta Basics also buffers your pH at 7, which Prime doesn't do.
True, but I still feel that it's a money grab, especially when compared to our fave Prime. Also, I agree with using a syringe to dose it; makes it much easier. I just stole some from work, since I work at a vet's office, but yoiu could probably go to you local vet office and ask them for a syringe or two and they'd probably oblige (they're like $5/100 to buy for vets).
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:34 AM   #9 
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Yeah. I've found most betta oriented products are just diluted versions of another product.

Same with how they charge you ridiculous amounts for special betta bowls, when you might as well go out and purchase a whole 5-10 gallon tank.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:38 AM   #10 
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Haha, IKR!? So mean!
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