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    Default API Stress Coat for Water Changes? Good or Bad?


    0 Not allowed!
    I have been using Seachem Prime from the beginning for all my Water Changes.
    I needed some in a hurry and store did not have Prime.
    So I bought API's "Stress Coat" instead. I have used it for my last 4 weekly Water Changes and have had no problems thus far.
    Is this a "bad" product to use for Water Changes? I know everyones preference on here is Prime and I like Prime also.
    But am I doing a disservice to my fish by using the Stress Coat? The fish seem fine.
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    1 Not allowed!
    It only neutralizes chlorine/chloramine, does nothing for ammonia, trItes, or trAtes.

    I'd stick with Prime.
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    0 Not allowed!
    I know it does nothing to remove Ammonia, Trites & Trates.
    But it does say it REMOVES Chlorine & Chlorimines.
    Read Below

    STRESS COAT makes tap water safe and contains the healing power of Aloe Vera, scientifically proven to reduce fish stress and heal damaged tissue.

    Benefits:

    Makes tap water safe; removes chlorine and chloramines from tap water
    Proven to reduce fish stress by 40%
    Contains Aloe Vera, proven to heal wounds and promote regeneration of damaged fish tissue
    Reduces electrolyte loss
    Follow API Easy Care Guide and use STRESS COAT when:

    Handling fish, netting, or adding to the bag for the trip home from the store
    When starting up an aquarium
    When doing water changes
    When adding fish

    STRESS COAT, with the healing power of Aloe Vera, is scientifically proven to reduce fish stress and heal damaged tissue. It forms a synthetic slime coating and replaces the natural secretion of slime that is interrupted by handling, shipping, fish fighting, or other forms of stress. Helps reduce susceptibility to disease and infection. Helps heal torn fins and skin wounds. Reduces electrolyte loss. Also works instantly to remove chlorine and chloramines from tap water. Neutralizes heavy metals. Use when starting a new aquarium, adding or changing water and adding fish. Scientifically proven to reduce fish stress by 40%. Scientifically proven to heal wounds and promote regeneration of damaged fish tissue.

    That being said, because it does not remove Ammonia, Trites and Trates, I will be getting some Prime soon.
    Last edited by Dino1956; 10-13-2016 at 06:04 PM.
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    Default


    1 Not allowed!
    Neutralize, remove, same difference.

    If you have any ammonia in your tap, your fish will suffer for it.
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    1 Not allowed!
    I do my 75% Water Changes weekly which helps but I'm getting the Prime.
    I just had to throw the question out there. You know me, Slaphppy7! ;-)
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    1 Not allowed!
    You can go to http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=4057 and sign up for auto delivery with the prime. That way you never run out.
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    1 Not allowed!
    I have both and use both sometimes if I'm running low on Prime or something. Nothing wrong with it if everything is running properly and assuming there's no ammonia in your source water. Your water conditioner is used mostly to neutralize chlorine unless you for some reason need to quickly detoxify ammonia then prime is the way to go.

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    I just find Prime to be a lot more cost effective, since it is so concentrated. Safe is even more concentrated...but I don't want to deal with rehyrdrating it and the calculations for the 75, let alone something smaller like a 5.5, 10 or 20L.

    Plus the bonus of the 24 ammonia nitrI/Ate neutralization.
    Last edited by Boundava; 10-13-2016 at 06:32 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino1956 View Post
    I just had to throw the question out there. You know me, Slaphppy7! ;-)
    Yes I do, lol.

    I'll always stick with Prime, I'm a firm believer in "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmazonJoe View Post
    I have both and use both sometimes if I'm running low on Prime or something. Nothing wrong with it if everything is running properly and assuming there's no ammonia in your source water. Your water conditioner is used mostly to neutralize chlorine unless you for some reason need to quickly detoxify ammonia then prime is the way to go.
    Chloramine = ammonia once the bind has been broken by Stress Coat.

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