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https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/q-a-with-tetra-about-tetra-safestart.58116/ I got the idea that Prime is bad for BBs from the link that I posted above. OK , now the condensed long version of how Sebastian's tank got cycled. Prior to getting Sebastian, I had a betta named Leo in a ten gallon . I used BBs in a bottle to following the exact instructions of the link that I linked. Leo's tank has been fully cycled for a month. When I got Sebastian, I got Sebastian a twenty gallon tank . To cycle Sebastian's tank, I used all the bio media in Leo's tank to instantaneously cycle Sebastian's tank. I'm cycling Leo's tank again with BBs in a bottle. OK now to my question. I intend to do a 50% water change on Sebastian tank. I intend to add Prime at the same time as I do the water change. Do I have to worry that Prime will kill the BBs in the HOB and in the tank ? A picture of Leo below.
Hello and good day! So I did a WC earlier.. which went well. But, while I was filling water into my aquarium I realized that I don't have a water conditioner on hand.. My question, is it ok to add water conditioner later? It would take me in the afternoon to buy and add the water conditioner... I guess the fish are doing alright before I left my apartment(upon observation)... Should I do another WC before adding water conditioner? BTW, I'm going to get Prime and use it as a water conditioner. Thanks
The LFS I was at today didn't have prime, they said they use and carry alpha instead. It seems to be a more concentrated version of prime, 1 mL treats 15 gallons/60 liters (vs 1mL of prime for 40 liters). It says it removes chlorine, chloramine, and ammonia and detoxifies nitrite and nitrate. I did notice it doesn't mention heavy metals like my bottle of prime does. I don't think heavy metals are a particular concern in my area's tap water, but are small levels still worth neutralizing? Also, it says it's designed for saltwater and reef tanks but the guy at the LFS says he uses it for all his freshwater fish too. Is there generally any difference between salt and freshwater conditioners? He's relatively well regarded in the area so I bought it but I thought I would ask on here just in case. Anyone have thoughts? Thank you!