Today there are so many chemicals and heavy metals in the tap water that can harm our fish. It‘s therefore necessary to add to the aquarium‘s water an appropriate water conditioner. Some fish owners even go further and get a water conditioner that works as stress coat as well.
There are two ways to keep the water in a fish tank clean and clear: filter and conditioner. A filter removes excess food and other decaying organic matter, but also free-floating particles and the fish‘s waste products. A conditioner neutralizes chemicals such as chlorine and chloramine and heavy metals that are in todays tap water and that can be harmful to fish.
Most of the available water conditioners also feature stress reducing slime. These so called Stress Coat Water Conditioners promote the production and regeneration of the natural slime coat that fish need in times of stress. They contain most often aloe vera that protects and heals fish by forming a synthetic slime coating on the fish‘s skin. It replaces the natural secretion of slime that could be interrupted by handling, fish fighting and other forms of stress.
Many conditioners contain beneficial minerals that are normally lacking in tap water. These minerals and vitamins increase additionally the vitality and activity of the fish.
When do you need to add conditioner to your aquarium’s water? First of all when you start your first aquarium, but also with every adding of water or with every changing of water.
The conditioners are very efficient. Generally you only need a little to condition the aquarium‘s water. Normally about 3-4 oz. of conditioner treats approximately 1,000 gallons of water. Take a look at the different brands that offer different sized bottles.
- Detoxifies heavy metals
- Promotes natural slime coat
- Will not over-activate protein skimmers
- Size: 16.9 oz. bottle
I filled the tank with tap water, and I ordered this primer to take out any harmful chlorine or other metals. With just ONE CAP the water was ready instantly for both my fish and my plants, I was amazed! I know I will never use another water primer for as long as this product is available.
Seachem Prime did a great job of detoxifying the high nitrite levels in my tank.
Since using Prime, I’ve seen a dramatic improvement in all of my fish. 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, patented formula of Prime – it couldn’t be more economical to use.
Tetra AquaSafe PLUS Water Treatment
- Neutralizes chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals
- Provides a slime coat
- One teaspoon treat 10 gallons
- Can be used for freshwate and marine fish
- Size: 33.8 oz. bottle
This is a dechlorinator that removes heavy metals. The directions are pretty clear on how much to use. It’s the most straightforward product I’ve used for my water. I’ve been using it exclusively for over 10 years and have never had an issue with it.
The aquasafe water conditioner is a fantastic de-chlorinator. I have used this consistently since cycling my small sized fresh-water tank. The aquasafe works instantly upon mixing with tap water.
Same product as the store, but bigger and costs a lot less!
API Stress Coat Water Conditioner
- Reduces fish stress and heals damaged tissue
- Contains Aloe Vera
- Removes instantly chlorine, chloramines and ammonia from tap water
- Neutralizes heavy metals
- Use when starting a new aquarium, adding or changing water
- Size: 16 oz. bottle
A must have for aquariums we have used this to set up a new aquarium and after 3 days of purchasing our first round of mickey mouse platys fish they are as happy and vibrant as can be.
We’ve been purchasing this for the past 7+ years since we bought our 65 gallon freshwater fish tank.This water conditioner is a life saver! We use it when we clean & change out water. It completely clears the water within a few hours, & you only have to use a little bit each time.
This is my go to water conditioner and stressed fish treatment. I’ve used it for years with great results. I love this stuff and I use it when I do water changes and when I add new fish to the tank. In my opinion there’s nothing better.