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Old 10-23-2012, 04:16 AM   #1
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Which is a better conditioner - Easy-Life or Prime??

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I have a full bottle of Easy-Life water conditioner which also acts as a tonic and prophylactic suitable for both freshwater and marine aquariums (although it's about 4 years old). I was going to use this for my new saltwater reef 50g setup but then found about about Seachem Prime which I was advised was really good. I would like to know if anyone has heard of Easy-Life and if any good, or do you think it's better to use Prime? Would prefer to save $ on buying another conditioner when I already have a full bottle, but I would be prepared to pay to get a Prime if it would be more beneficial.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:31 AM   #2
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I would recommend replacing the 4 year old stuff anyway!
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:50 AM   #3
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Ok thanks, the older conditioner doesn't have any expiry date on the bottle so didn't know if it was still ok to use. If I discard it, what brand of conditioner do you recommend I get?
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The only one I've used if Prime. Works great. I don't think it's terribly expensive, but like I said I've never bought any others, so nothing to compare to.
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Ok thanks, the older conditioner doesn't have any expiry date on the bottle so didn't know if it was still ok to use. If I discard it, what brand of conditioner do you recommend I get?
I'm into freshwater so not sure, but I did some research a while back and once opened I wouldn't keep any treatments past 3 years.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:32 AM   #6
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Ok, I think you've answered part of my question - I will throw the old conditioner away. Problem is I don't have a RO/DI unit so I would be filling up the new tank with tap water. Do you think it would still be ok to use tap water for initial setup if I dose with Prime?
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Ok, I think you've answered part of my question - I will throw the old conditioner away. Problem is I don't have a RO/DI unit so I would be filling up the new tank with tap water. Do you think it would still be ok to use tap water for initial setup if I dose with Prime?
Don't use tap. I don't have a rodi unit either. I buy my water from LFS around me for 0.25-0.39/gal. I have 5g buckets I take there and fill them. For my first fill of the tank, I had to make a couple of trips. tap will only cause terrible algae and cyano problems and then you'll get frustrated with SW and be disappointed that the SW tank of your dream turned into a nightmare. If nothing else, buy bottles of distilled water, a lot of stores have stations that you can fill buckets up with it. I don't know the size of the tank you're filling, but trust me- it'll be worth spending a little extra money at the start. I know that SW is expensive, but the water and filtration are not things you should skimp on. Other stuff like PH and rock are fine to skimp on, but not these 2 things.
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Definitely use RO/DI. If you cant get any, go to your nearest glacier drinking water vending machine. I used that for top off if I'm to cheap to buy distilled. Does your LFS sell mixed or natural sea water? Fortunately I have an unlimited supply of free filtered natural sea water.
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So excuse my ignorance, but if everyone here is so anti tap water then why are there all sorts of water conditioners out there which are supposed to remove all of those harmful things from the water?? I'm sure not everyone has a RO/DI system or has the ability to get natural sea water from their LFS. I only have a 5g drum which means I would need to make 8 trips to fill up my 50g tank with natural sea water - not realistic!
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Most conditioners treat the water for chlorine and chloramine. There are alot of other minerals and stuff in tap water that will cause algae issues in marine tanks. RO/DI removes all disolved solids from water.
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