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Postby Trademark » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:02 am

I’ve been using prime for a couple of years now. It’s expensive. Is it really that much better than a product like DeChlor?
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Re: Prime

Postby Trademark » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:24 am

Never mind just realized the same size DeChlor is just as expensive.
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Re: Prime

Postby noddy » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:59 pm

Trademark wrote:I’ve been using prime for a couple of years now. It’s expensive. Is it really that much better than a product like DeChlor?


Use Safe. It's the powdered form of Prime and is way cheaper. Also buy it in the largest size bottle that you can. I always bought Prime in 4L jugs.
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Re: Prime

Postby Bd79 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:01 pm

Yes, Safe is much cheaper. But it’s only worth it if you have many tanks or large tanks, I think.
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Re: Prime

Postby ken31cay » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:03 pm

Use Safe. It's the powdered form of Prime and is way cheaper. Also buy it in the largest size bottle that you can. I always bought Prime in 4L jugs.


+1 Seachem Safe. I get the 4kg bucket and it just lasts forever.
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Re: Prime

Postby morrismorris » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:42 pm

noddy wrote:
Trademark wrote:I’ve been using prime for a couple of years now. It’s expensive. Is it really that much better than a product like DeChlor?

Use Safe. It's the powdered form of Prime and is way cheaper. Also buy it in the largest size bottle that you can. I always bought Prime in 4L jugs.

I feel like I read somewhere that while Safe is more economical/cheaper, the one upside to Prime is that it promotes the slime coat on the fish, where Safe does not.

Do you know if this is true? If so, is the promotion of the slime coat that big of a deal?

As of right now, this is the only reason why I use Prime over Safe but always meant to ask this question.
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Re: Prime

Postby fish_gazer » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:55 pm

I saw a tub of Safe and it is just impractical for me to buy that with a single 125 gallon aquarium. A 500 ml bottle of Prime cost 13 bucks and lasts me a year. I am not sure how I could ever beat that or if it would be even worth it to try to.
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Re: Prime

Postby Methodical2 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:43 pm

Is the powdered form more concentrated than liquid Prime? What is the shelf life? Seacham's doesn't provide the shelf life on it's website, so I assume it's printed on the packaging. Can someone check their jug to see the expiration date compared to the manufactured date?

Thanks...
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Re: Prime

Postby Bd79 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:12 pm

Safe is far more concentrated than Prime and costs about 1/10th as much per volume of water dechlorinated.There is no expiration date on the bottle I most recently purchased. I assume that if you keep it dry it won't lose effectiveness.
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Re: Prime

Postby Bobsled » Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:46 pm

I used Safe for the first time on Friday. Why does it smell so bad? It smelled like rotting eggs. I made the mistake of removing the "safety seal/foil" in the house,
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Re: Prime

Postby Sub-Mariner » Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:23 pm

Bobsled wrote:I used Safe for the first time on Friday. Why does it smell so bad? It smelled like rotting eggs. I made the mistake of removing the "safety seal/foil" in the house,
Perfectly normal, it's sulfur based.

My bottle of Prime smells the same way.

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Re: Prime

Postby Bobsled » Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:58 pm

^ Good to know. Thanks!
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Re: Prime

Postby Methodical2 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:15 pm

Bd79 wrote:Safe is far more concentrated than Prime and costs about 1/10th as much per volume of water dechlorinated.There is no expiration date on the bottle I most recently purchased. I assume that if you keep it dry it won't lose effectiveness.


Thanks. I may give it a shot the next time I need some.

Do you add it directly into the tank or premix with water, say for instance, in the canister filter when you fill it up?
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Re: Prime

Postby ken31cay » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:53 pm

I premix Safe in water then add that directly in tank before I start to fill. When you use Safe (or Prime) make sure and use enough for the entire tank volume not just for the amount of water you are putting back in, since it will also bind to ammonia in the old water and be used up.
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Re: Prime

Postby Bd79 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:24 pm

Methodical2 wrote:
Bd79 wrote:Safe is far more concentrated than Prime and costs about 1/10th as much per volume of water dechlorinated.There is no expiration date on the bottle I most recently purchased. I assume that if you keep it dry it won't lose effectiveness.


Thanks. I may give it a shot the next time I need some.

Do you add it directly into the tank or premix with water, say for instance, in the canister filter when you fill it up?


I usually add it directly, except for small tanks (less than 20 gallons), where dosing small amounts is tricky. For those tanks, I mix in a plastic jar of water and divide the water among the small tanks.
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