Just about every major manufacture and boutique specialty company has a water conditioning and treatment product.
I can't say I've tried them all, but close too it. Some products have at the least, minimal effectiveness while others can be potentially dangerous.
An example would be Stress Coat which has binding sugar strands in the Aloe. This isn't a problem unless one of your fish has a small scratch or wound. The sugar feeds the bacteria which can lead to major infection and dire consequences.
I've been using Amquel for years and it's a fine conditioner, excellent at removing chlorine, and Chloramines, but like all of these products - they come with limitations.
Well, with one exception and that's Prime by Seachem
.A few months ago, I decided to give it a try, and haven't looked back since. Prime doesn't just remove the chlorine and Chloramine it does much more:
* Detoxifies any and all heavy metals in your tap water
(you can contact your water company directly for a list of them and PPM)
* Neutralizes Ammonia
* Neutralizes Nitrite
* Neutralizes high Nitrate to non toxic levels
* Removes toxic gases
* Will not foam or change PH
* Helps regenerate natural slime coat
Since using Prime, I've seen improvement in all of my fish. In 2010 one of my tanks was hit with the dreaded and rare Toxic Tank Syndrome (see horror stories) within 48 hours I had lost nine gorgeous fish - except for one survivor, a single Broad Tail Nymph.
Since that ordeal, "Roxy" became a bottom dweller spending most of her time laying in a corner. Treatments were conservative, but nothing worked.
After my first 50% water change using Prime her behavior began to improve.
Now she swims among her tank mates, her color is a gorgeous deep velvet black ( they have such tiny scales they look like velvet) her appetite is ferocious - she's the picture of health (knock on drift wood)
In fact I see improvements in all my fish and in every tank
There simply isn't anything like it, Prime is hands down one of the best things you can do for your fish
In addition to the outstanding, patent pending formula of Prime - it couldn't be more economical to use.A single 500 ml bottle treats up to a whopping 5,000 gallons of water. A tiny bit goes a long, long way.
It should also be noted that in times of emergency the dose can be increased five times, Prime is harmless to fish.
It's the only product of it's kind, and towers above any other water treatment on the market - period.
I would urge anyone to add a bottle of Prime to your arsenal of fish care products - Your finned friends will thank you for it.
Did I mention it makes a great Martini?