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Reasons to Use Seachem Prime in Your Aquarium

Reasons Why You Should Use Seachem Prime in Your Aquarium

There is nothing more important to the health of your aquarium than water quality.  Untreated tap water is harmful to all fish. Tap water contains chlorine, chloramines and other harmful impurities, which are added to drinking water to make it safe for human consumption. The human body can withstand this, but tropical fish cannot. For this reason, tap water intended for use in an aquarium should be treated with a water conditioner before being added to the aquarium. Seachem Prime is a complete and concentrated conditioner for both fresh and salt water.

Reasons to Use a Water Conditioner in Your Aquarium

The two biggest offenders in tap water are chlorine and chloramines, which are toxic to fish. Chlorine and chloramines hurt fish in your aquarium in a few ways. Tropical fish have extremely thin skin, which will burn when exposed to chlorine and chloramines. The compounds also disrupt the function of gills and how fish transfer necessary oxygen to their bodies. Also, since chlorine is a compound designed to kill bacteria, chlorine will kill the beneficial bacteria necessary for a healthy aquarium. Seachem Prime is a water conditioner that will remove both chlorine and chloramines from municipal water supplies to provide you a safer aquarium environment for your fish.
Seachem Prime is a non-acidic product that will not impact pH levels and will not over activate skimmers. Use Prime at start-up and whenever adding or replacing water in your aquarium. Seachem Prime will:
  • Remove chlorine, chloramines and ammonia
  • Convert ammonia into a safe, non-toxic form that is readily removed by the tank’s biofilter
  • Detoxify nitrite and nitrates, allowing biofilter to more efficiently remove them
  • Detoxify any heavy metals found in the tap water at typical concentration levels
  • Promote production and regeneration of the natural slime coat

Usage and Dosing of Seachem Prime

Seachem Prime is a simple product to use. The recommended dosage  to condition water is 5 ml of Seachem Prime for every 200 Liters of water you are treating. This will remove approximately 1mg per Litre of ammonia, 4 mg per Litre of chloramines or 5 mg per Litre of chlorine. Prime can be added directly to the aquarium, but it is better if added to new water first. If you choose to add tap water directly to your aquarium, you need to add a dose of Prime adequate to treat the entire volume of your aquarium. When you are adding make-up water to the aquarium, fill a container with tap water and add Prime to that container. You will only have to treat for that volume of water. You can now add the treated water directly to the aquarium, as it is safe.
It is important to make the water conditions for your fish favourable to their needs. To keep fish safer in your aquarium, it is best to use a product that will account for both chlorine and chloramines found in tap water. A good water conditioner will neutralize these compounds. Seachem Prime is a complete and concentrated water conditioner that will remove both chlorine and chloramines that municipalities add to drinking water.