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What Makes Seachem Prime One Of The Best Water Conditioners?
“Prime removes chlorine, chloramine and detoxifies ammonia. Prime also converts ammonia into a safe, non-toxic form that is readily removed by the tank’s biofilter.”
When To Use It?
You can use prime any time you want but it’s designed to be used during tank cycling to alleviate ammonia/nitrite toxicity.
However, it is also recommended that you use prime whenever you add new water to the tank during a water change or tank maintenance.
Also, because of it’s ability to detoxify ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate it can be used if you notice a spike during a water test. Of course, this is only temporary (up to 48 hrs) and not something you should rely on.
If you notice issues with your water quality the first and best method is to always do a water change.
How To Use It?
The directions are right on the bottle itself so you can always reference that. But, here are a few instructions:
For a new tank:
Add 5ml (one capful) for every 50 gallons (200 L) of new water.
During a water change:
Adjust the dosage to the amount of water you are adding. 1mL will treat about 10 gallons. On the cap, each cap thread is approximately 1 mL.
However, to be safe I always add enough to treat the entire tank volume.
Note: If you notice a rotten egg smell (Sulfur odor) that’s completely normal.
Proper Usage and Dosing:
How Much Seachem Prime Per Gallon?
As mentioned above, when using the cap each thread is approx 1mL which will treat up to 10 gallons.
POWERFUL TREATMENT: Seachem Prime is a complete and concentrated conditioner for both freshwater and saltwater fish tanks, working hard to remove chlorine and chloramine.
REMOVER: Seachem Prime immediately and permanently removes chlorine and chloramine, successfully allowing the bio filter to remove ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate while they are detoxified for 48 hours.
DETOXIFIER: Seachem Prime effectively detoxifies ammonia, nitrite, and heavy metals found in the tap water at typical concentration levels, providing a ideal environment for your betta, tetra, or other fish.
USE: Use 1 capful (5 mL) of Seachem Prime for each 200 L (50 US gallons) of new or replacement water. For best results, add Seachem Prime to new water first. For exceptionally high chloramine concentrations, a double dose may be used safely. For smaller volumes, use 2 drops per gallon.
SAFETY: In case of an emergency, the 5x dose of Seachem Prime may be used for both ammonia and nitrite. Use a ½ dose if the water temperature is > 30°C (86°F) and chlorine or ammonia levels are low.
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