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Old 01-25-2015, 02:42 PM   #1
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What water conditioners do you use? If any.

Hi all. I was wondering if anyone uses any water conditioners for their reef. If yes, what is your preferred choice?

I use RO/DI for my reef, but my LFS uses and suggested Aquavitro Alpha. The main reasoning was not to dechlorinate, but for it's neutralizing of ammonia and Nitrate properties. Evidently, it makes fish even more happy. I just thought, why not. Does anyone else do this?

Before I get the lecture, I do 50% WCs every 2-3 weeks, so it does not substitute for my WCs.

Also I use Seachem Prime to dechlorinate my tap for my Cichlid tank, does anyone suggest something better?
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I don't think it is necessary.


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I'm not sure if it's better, but I use aquasafe with stress coat ☺️ there is always going to be something "better,"I just got what was recommended online somewhere and it works pretty great so far!
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What water conditioners do you use? If any.

I agree Sniperhawk. There is a human desire to find that one bottle of magic elixir that will cause your corals to grow explosively. I'm pretty sure there is no such chemical. The guys who have succeeded for years with their reefs rarely add much more than fresh SW and depleted elements like alk, but only added if a test shows its low. I am wary of expensive bottles of juice with pretty pictures of coral on it.


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Oh for reefs whoops 😅 I didn't read that part haha! Don't listen to me then😂
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I agree Sniperhawk. There is a human desire to find that one bottle of magic elixir that will cause your corals to grow explosively. I'm pretty sure there is no such chemical. The guys who have succeeded for years with their reefs rarely add much more than fresh SW and depleted elements like alk, but only added if a test shows its low. I am wary of expensive bottles of juice with pretty pictures of coral on it.


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Was curious about dechlorinator and ammonia/Nitrate neutralizing products, not really the bacteria in a bottle or trace elements. But thanks for the input.
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Not necessary, but do you think it helps?
thanks for the reply btw.
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Considering ammonia and nitrite shouldn't be in an established tank and your using ro/di there's absolutely no use for it. The lfs was most likely just trying to make a sale, products like these are how they make a majority of their money.


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I never used water conditioners , I feel if it's not broke why change it
why spend unneeded cash on things you don't need like conditioners , all they do is drive the skimmer crazy ,
I can see doing this at the beginning start up but after that really no need , unless your water is that bad but with a ro/di system that's most likely not issue
if your finding ammonia/nitrates in your system more frequent water changes will help correct that with bringing them down ,
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If you use RODI water, there should be no chlorine or anything else in it. It should have zero TDS. As for fish being "more happy" a better idea would be to drag over your flatscreen and play some sponge bob square pants for the tank residents
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