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- Detoxifies heavy metals
- Promotes natural slime coat
- Will not overactivate protein skimmers
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Prime® is the complete and concentrated conditioner for both fresh and salt water. Prime® removes chlorine, chloramine and ammonia. Prime® converts ammonia into a safe, non-toxic form that is readily removed by the tanks biofilter. Prime® may be used during tank cycling to alleviate ammonia/nitrite toxicity. Prime® detoxifies nitrite and nitrate, allowing the biofilter to more efficiently remove them. It will also detoxify any heavy metals found in the tap water at typical concentration levels. Prime® also promotes the production and regeneration of the natural slime coat. Prime® is non-acidic and will not impact pH. Prime® will not overactivate skimmers. Use at start-up and whenever adding or replacing water. Nearly all companies manufacture a product that removes chlorine. None of those, however, can compare in quality, concentration, or effectiveness to Seachems flagship product: Prime®. Prime® is the second most concentrated dechlorinator on the market after our own aquavitro alpha™. A single 100 mL bottle will treat 1000 US gallons of tap water. Prime® will remove both chlorine and chloramines from municipal water supplies. Prime® also contains a binder which renders ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate non-toxic. It is very important to understand how those two functions work together. All dechlorinators operate through a chemical process known as reduction. In this process, toxic dissolved chlorine gas (Cl2) is converted into non-toxic chloride ions (Cl-). The reduction process also breaks the bonds between chlorine and nitrogen atoms in the chloramine molecule (NH2Cl), freeing the chlorine atoms and replacing them with hydrogen (H) to create ammonia (NH3). Typically, dechlorinators stop there, leaving an aquarium full of toxic ammonia! Seachem takes the necessary next step by including an ammonia binder to detoxify the ammonia produced in the reduction process.
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DirectionsUse 1 capful (5 mL) for each 200 L (50 gallons*) of new water. This removes approximately 1 mg/L ammonia, 4 mg/L chloramine, or 5 mg/L chlorine. For smaller doses, please note each cap thread is approx. 1 mL. May be added to aquarium directly, but better if added to new water first. If adding directly to aquarium, base dose on aquarium volume. Sulfur odor is normal. For exceptionally high chloramine concentrations, a double dose may be used safely. To detoxify nitrite in an emergency, up to 5 times normal dose may be used. If temperature is > 30 °C (86 °F) and chlorine or ammonia levels are low, use a half dose.
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In my old tanks, rocks and pebbles covered the bottom of the aquarium. I wanted to go for a new look, so I began looking online for some greenery to spice up the new aquariums. I found the LUFFY balls Luffy balls, and I knew that they were exactly what I was looking for. They gave the tank a fresh, clean appeal that I absolutely loved! However, with fish and live plants in my new tanks, I knew I had to be careful about watching my chemical levels in the water. 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!
Now, I've been using this product for quite a while, and I know the ins and outs of all of it.
- Just a few drops will clear up an entire tank. It doesn't take much to make a difference.
- This product will keep your fish and plants safe from harmful chemicals.
- Even shrimp, which are more sensitive to chemicals than fish are safe with this formula.
- This product works instantly.
- Could also be used in small fish ponds.
**I do recommend that you change the water in your tank and use this water primer during each change at least every 4-5 weeks.
** Also recommended that you try to keep away from small children.
I know I will never use another water primer for as long as this product is available. I've even convinced my Mom and sister, who both have at home aquariums, to start using this product to better protect their fish. I would recommend this product to anyone with an aquarium in their home or office.
Prime is the absolute greatest dechlorinater ever. It has ten times as many gallons worth of chlorine and hard metal removing as others like API for the same price range.
It does not change the scent of the aquarium itself, and the smell does not linger throughout the room magically after opening it. If that's a deal breaker for you then you probably are mistreating your fish.
Since I found, and settled on this treatment, I've fallen in love with Seachem. I almost only buy their products now, and anything I've bought from them I'd head and shoulders above the rest. They really know aquariums. (Like for example, I just replaced my carbon in my filter, with Seachem Purigen, and WOW! was I blown away!)
Seachem Prime 500ml
GENERAL: Best tap water conditioner bar none. Was turned onto this by a LFS (local fish store) guy a couple of years ago. Though it doesn't obviate the need for water changes it does allow for time between changes.
NATURE OF USE: general water conditioner. For the uninitiated, your tap water likely has chlorine, flouride, etc. in it. These can be and are toxic to fish. More over the goal is to get all of the "stuff" in the water (I'm not going into it, but kH, gH, acidity, water additives, nitrate, nitrite, etc.) to mimic the kind of environment they come from naturally - even if your fish are tank bred and raised. The first step in this part achieved with Prime. No other water conditioner is as robust as Prime. Sure, you will need to add some other stuff along the way depending on where they come from (like mixing rainbows with rams - it can be done, but it's far more difficult to find a happy medium between South American waters the Rams come from and the Indo-Pacific range of most rainbows), but Prime is ALWAYS step #1.
For instance, doing a water change? I always add more Prime into the new water. More over, I don't know that it is possible to put too much Prime in - I'm not saying that it's beneficial to empty 500ml of Prime into a 5 gallon desktop tank - but rather you get a huge margin for error with Prime (at least with freshwater). If the math works out to 10ml Prime during a water change and you put 50ml instead, not to worry.
In addition to being step 1, it can also be used in case of emergencies (most notably a new tank set up without an established nitrogen cycle). If your nitrogen spikes, you can use Prime to neutralize it - and again, this margin for error means you can use quite a bit of Prime without side effects. So instead of buying ammo-lock or some denitrifying agent, Prime covers it. Nor will it effect and plants or other life (Amano shrimp in my case) in the tank.
RECOMMENDED FOR: everyone (beginners, intermediate, seasoned hobbyists, professionals) and everything (freshwater, blackwater, brackish, salt water).