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Old 03-05-2013, 05:36 PM   #1 
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Best Water Conditioners?

Hi I'm planning to purchase a betta soon and am wondering what are your favorite water conditioners? Your experiences? Does it even matter or are they all the same?
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:53 PM   #2 
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They are not all the same, and Seachem Prime is the best IMO. It's used a lot by members here. It does all the normal things - gets rid of chlorine and chloramines as well as heavy metals - and it also neutralizes ammonia and nitrites for 24-48 hours. It turns ammonia into ammonium which is harmless to fish and, if I remember right, plants do the same thing to ammonia so it probably actually is good for live plants, too. Plus its highly concentrated so it lasts forever.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:12 PM   #3 
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They are not all the same, and Seachem Prime is the best IMO. It's used a lot by members here. It does all the normal things - gets rid of chlorine and chloramines as well as heavy metals - and it also neutralizes ammonia and nitrites for 24-48 hours. It turns ammonia into ammonium which is harmless to fish and, if I remember right, plants do the same thing to ammonia so it probably actually is good for live plants, too. Plus its highly concentrated so it lasts forever.
Thanks! Do you know if these can be purchased at petco or petsmart?
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:29 PM   #4 
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i have seachem prime right now, and although its good, i sometimes find it tedious to use. Because it's so concentrated, it can be impossible to measure correctly if you have less than 10 gallons, i had to get a 5 gallon bucket just to increase my odds of measuring correctly. And even then, half a thread is still hard to measure by eye. Before Prime, i used Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus w/ trace elements, but i don't think my bettas liked Aqueon very much. I've heard Kent's is also a good brand to try. And yes, petco and petsmart both carries aqueon, seachem, and kents.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:35 PM   #5 
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@GoodMorning - Prime Water Conditioner is added at 1 mL per each 10 gallons of water. I recommend getting an eye dropper from your local pharmacy....

One mL is 20 drops, so:

1 gal tank - add 2 drops of Prime

Then, you can use this 2 drops/gal amount to adjust for any sized tank. Just multiply (tank gallons) x 2 to get the number of drops:

2 gal tank - add 4 drops of Prime
2.5 gal tank - add 5 drops of Prime
3 gal tank - add 6 drops of Prime
5 gal tank - add 10 drops of Prime
Etc
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:35 PM   #6 
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Prime is awesome and its 2 drops per gallon, I use a medicine dropper to measure mine out works perfect !
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:39 PM   #7 
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thats good to know, i never knew you could use an eye dropper, lol. I just follow the directions, one thread is about 1 mL, so for my 5 gallon bucket, i just eye half a thread.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #8 
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I actually use a plastic syringe to measure it. My moms a nurse so they are really easy for my to get, lol. I just have to use the smallest one they had.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:06 PM   #9 
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I use Prime and sometimes NovaPlus if my fish is injured.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:28 PM   #10 
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I use prime with an eyedropper XP
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