prov356 wrote:Seachem prime is the best de-chlorinator by FAR.
I would disagree with that. I don't like the conditioners that throw in all the gimmicky, unnecessary stuff like the slime coat 'enhancers'. Go with a simple dechlorinator.
Sechem prime only deals with chlorine, chloramine, ammonia and nitrite. Doesn't do anything for a slime coat (although it says it does). It also only temporarily neutralizes ammonia (for 24h or so), which is very useful if you have lots of chloramine in your water as chloramine has ammonia in it. It can be useful to temporarily neutralize the ammonia that comes along with the chloramine so your filters have a chance to break it down. I like using it because it is rather inexpensive 10 USD for 500ml. It is also chalked full of sulfates . It probably accomplishes the same goal as your sulfate mixture but I the the convince of it; to each his own.
I also don't see the point of adding buffers, unless you are using RO/DI or something. The vast majority of water suppliers buffer their water as to help their pipes last longer. His water pre-water softener is within limits so there should be no reason to do anything to the water other than dechlor it.