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chemicals and such

Postby newmbunaguy » Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:57 pm

while starting/cycling a tank I have acquired these products

Fluval: Cycle

Natural Rapport: The only all-in-1 conditioner

Fritz:
Complete
A.C.C.R.
7

Seachem:
Prime
Stability
Akaline Buffer
Cichlid Lake Salt
Cichlid Trace

I am sure some of these products do the same? Do I need anything else? Stress Guard?

Through buying all this from various people I am kind of confused to use what/when? ie., water changes/regularly/adding fish and what not: Can anyone explain simply so I know?
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Re: chemicals and such

Postby DJRansome » Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:02 pm

I would cycle with ammonia (no fish) and use only Prime which is a dechlorinator needed to remove toxins from tap water.

Get the API Freshwater Master Test kit and test your pH to decide if you need buffer or "lake" salt.

I would not use any of the other items or buy additional chemicals.
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Re: chemicals and such

Postby newmbunaguy » Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:14 pm

chemicals are unopened, should I return?
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Re: chemicals and such

Postby ken31cay » Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:28 pm

DJRansome wrote:Get the API Freshwater Master Test kit and test your pH to decide if you need buffer or "lake" salt.


+1.
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Re: chemicals and such

Postby DJRansome » Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:53 pm

I would.
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Re: chemicals and such

Postby sir_keith » Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:27 pm

At the very least you will need to add a dechlorinating agent, salts, and something to increase the pH when you do water changes. You already have the Seachem products to do that- Prime (or Stability), Cichlid Lake Salt, and Alkaline (Malawi) Buffer. I'd keep them all, and use them at every water change. Some members (ahem) have a thing about using chemicals, which I find difficult to understand. The fishes are expensive, the chemicals are not, and water quality is important. Good Luck. :fish:
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