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Prime And Amquel Plus


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it is common knowledge to use a dechlorinator to prepare new water for an aquarium. what ive found that isnt common knowledge is that if your dechlor isnt also a detoxifier, your settling for less. below are a few reviews of my favorite water conditioners. the cost effectiveness of these two alone should make for a smart buy. wink.gif

Prime by Seachem

directions for use:

1 capful (5 mL) for each 200 L (50 gallons*) of new water. For smaller doses, please note each cap thread is approx. 1 mL). This dose removes approximately 0.6 mg/L ammonia, 3 mg/L chloramine, or 4 mg/L chlorine. May be added to aquarium directly, but better if added to new water first. If adding directly to aquarium, base dose on aquarium volume. Sulfur odor is normal. For exceptionally high chloramine concentrations, a double dose may be used safely. To detoxify nitrite in an emergency, up to 5 times normal dose may be used. If temperature is > 30 °C (86 °F) and chlorine or ammonia levels are low, use a half dose. one 8.5 fluid ounce bottle treats 2500 gallons.

this stuff just plain rocks. seachem packs so much goodness into such a small bottle. ive been using this stuff for about a year now and it has served me well. one 8.5 fluid ounce bottle has single handedly taken care of 6 tanks (120 gallons total) worth of water changes for almost a year now. i wont get into the math. its been very useful for parameter fluctuations due to power outtages and equipment malfunctions (ammonia and nitrite). when im treating a sick fish in an uncycled environment, it adds to my peace of mind that there isnt any ammonia building up. its especially invaluable when trying to cycle a tank with fish in it. the only thing is, i cant seem to find any literature pertaining to exactly how much nitrite and nitrate each dose will detoxify.

Amquel plus

directions for use:

1 teaspoon (5 ml) for each 10 gallons. This dose will remove chlorine, 1.2 ppm of ammonia, 2 ppm of nitrite, 13 ppm of nitrate. One 16-ounce bottle treats 960 gallons. Water treated with Amquel Plus cannot be accurately tested using Nessler's type ammonia tests or Winkler type D.O. kits.

pretty much everything that i said about prime, you can apply to amquel plus. dont mistake amquel plus for kordons amquel. they are not the same product. i tried out some amquel plus that was given to me by my lfs owner on my 10 gallon betta tank (now tropical) for a month or two and i saw no difference whatsoever (between amquel and prime). an extra plus for amquel plus (pun not intended) is that it actually states how much nitrite/nitrate each dose detoxifies. the drawback is stated in the directions for use. although that depends on your testing eqipment.

thanks for sitting through this looooong review. i just think that its important and helpful for aquarists to know what is available to them.

paul

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I have been using Prime for a few months now and so far it seems great. I put tap water directly into the tank without aging it and there is no problem. I bought Prime because I read that it detoxifies heavy metals and chloramine as well as chlorine in tap water.

Also it is so concentrated that it is a better buy. Paul, that is great to hear that you have been using the same bottle for so long. Unless I knock mine over, I will have it forever since I bought a big bottle and just have 2 tanks--a 50 gal with goldies and a 10 gal with tetras.

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Yep. I used Amquel plus for years, and liked it, but I recently switched to Prime due to it's amazing concentration, and the fact that the Prime helps with the slime coat, unlike Amquel +. I use to add NovAqua also, but now that I use Prime, I don't have to. It's good stuff, just don't smell it. :lol:

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I'll have too try that some time. I never new what that stuff did so much. I only thought it conditioned the water. I haven't seen it around but i haven't looked hard enough. Next time I know what to look for in the differences in water additives :)

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Paul, I wish to thank you for this research. I just had to get a new water conditioner (I ran out). I had been using an off brand (i think), Proaqutics?, Anyway it was such an awesome feeling to go in the lfs and know what is best.

Thanks.

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no prob laurie! :D im glad you were able to get some!

i know exactly what you mean. i loove being able to make informed choices. i just dont trust ANY salesperson until i get to know them and their experience. more often than not, you get some questionable advice :blink: .

paul

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i've only used Prime. it was suggested by my retailer as the best product out there. i've been very pleased with the performance. my tanks are healthy and the fish are "happy".

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Your reviews were really helpful- i just discovered Prime and Amquel plus, and was unsure whihc was better, but after reading this i have decied to go for Prime. Thanks alot :D

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I've ordered it from Dr. Fosters and Smith online when ordering other stuff. But, I have seen it at both vvvv and mmm...at more than double the cost of online! For some reason, it was on the bottom shelf in both locals.

Oh, I use it too, good stuff.

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I keep both on hand. I use Prime for routine dechlorination of tap water. I use Amquel for removing ammonia in uncycled hospital tanks, and Amquel Plus for keeping ammonia and nitrItes down when I've accidentally crashed a cycle and need to keep a tank safe for fish.

Reminder: Prime is complete, but you should also use NovAqua with either Amquel and Amquel Plus.

Caroline in San Jose

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