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  1. A great product designed especially for goldfish. "Gold Buffer is a non-phosphate buffer that will maintain the ideal pH for goldfish while not enhancing algae growth. Depending on dosage, GB raises and buffers betwen 7.2 and 7.8. It is gentle, safe and enhances the freshwater environment. It is compatbile with all other Seachem buffers. Contains sodium, potassium, magnesium and other bicarbonate salts. The reason I prefer to use a commercial buffer, in particular Seachem Gold Buffer, over crushed coral/baking soda combination is that this product does the job of both. Baking soda is easy to dose with, however the alkalinity is soon exhausted. If relying on crushed coral to increase alkalinity it will only dissolve once the pH drops below 7 so there could still be a lapse and a significant pH drop while the coral dissolves and does it's stuff. I have used this product in all my tanks and the outdoor tub for more than six months and it is reliable. I didn't change the water in my outdoor tub for 4mths over winter but the pH remained stable.
  2. Hi, I've used Primafix on three occasions and I'm not sure if it does any good, not for frayed fins/tail rot anyway. It may be Ok for other things. I used it for a week on my baby moors, well, it seemed to work a bit but one of them didn't like it, swimming with dorsal fin down all week. I have used it for 3 days in my new tank as one of the new fish had red streaks in it's tail (white tail, very obvious) and a bit of fraying. It has made the red streaks worse and seems to make the tail a pinky colour. Spotty Junior (calico fantail) also had some fraying in the tail fins so I've used it for 4 days in his little tank. He is the only one in the tank. He is definately not happy and spends a lot of time on the bottom, his tail has developed some red streaks and is definately a pinky colour. On all these occasions the fish didn't like the medication with signs of fins down. Otherwise, they are eating Ok, etc. I don't think I will use it anymore for frayed fins or finrot that does not also have fungus. It may work really well on fungus but I haven't had any of that. ps. I will just treat frayed fins with salt and melafix in the future, it seems to work best. Oh and clean water, very, very clean water.
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