“ Animals Equipment Type: Fish Tank / Aquarium Cleaners / Water Treatments „
***Introduction to and why do you need a water conditioner***
So you've gotten your new tank and you're planning on throwing in the gravel, adding the ornaments, then filling it up with water and off to the shop you go - STOP! This is where unfortunately ALOT of people go wrong when they're starting the hobby/addiction known as keeping fish and unfortunately some of the pet stores have a tendency to gloss over things like Nitrogen cycle, water conditioner, water testing kits etc and focus mainly on selling you the tank and then the fish knowing full well that you'll be coming back for more once the first lot have sadly passed away.
When it comes to setting up your new tank you need a water conditioner such as Nutrafin aquaplus which works effectively to remove chlorine and chloramine which are added to the water to ensure it's drinkable for us human beings. Unfortunately chlorine and chloramine are killers of bacteria and bacteria are required in the wee fishies tank filter to process the fish waste from ammonia (fish poop/pee) to Nitrite and then to Nitrate - basically - The nitrogen cycle. If a fish is placed in a tank where there are no established bacteria within the filter/tank the fish will most likely become susceptible to disease and pass away in a miserable fashion - in it's own waste.
***How much and what do you get***
Nutrafin aqua plus comes in a variety of sizes from 120mL (£6.30), 250mL (£9.49 pets at home and £6.75 amazon), 500mL (£10.95 on amazon) and 2L (£22.71 on amazon) sized containers. I initially received a bottle of aquaplus with my tank as it was a Fluval Roma model and like a sucker went to Pets at home instead of looking online (numpty) and paid £9.49 which was very expensive considering I could have purchased double the amount from amazon for 50p extra. Any road this water conditioner is ok I guess ( which sums it up perfectly as it's nothing special) as it does remove/deactivate the chlorine, chloramine and bind heavy metals which may be present in the water of older buildings/pipework.
***How to use***
The bottle informs you that you will need 10mL of aquaplus per 40mL of water although you will need a double dose of aquaplus for marine (saltwater) aquariums. The water conditioner itself is a colourless viscous liquid which is actually scentless (as far as I can tell) and is easy to pour without dispensing too much product. The bottle comes with a screw lid upon which rests a measuring cap which is marked at 5mL intervals between 0mL and 25mL. Now due to me manually loading buckets I only carry a maximum of 10L of tapwater back and forth between the tank and the bathroom so to my 10L bucket I only add 2.5mL of the aquaplus which means the measuring cap doesn't have a marker but you can guess or in my case use a medical syringe driver which is pretty much as accurate as I'm going to get. Once the water has been dosed I like to swirl the water with my hand to ensure that it's distributed through the water and then pour the water into my tank.
According to the aqua plus bottle (like the vast majority of water conditioners) their PHE (pure herbal extracts) visibly reduce stress and the formula protects fins/scales (basically forms a slime coat on your fish - therefore reducing risk of Ich - a parasitic infection which all fish carry but is opportunistic at times of stress - like humans and cold sores). I am not entirely certain how effective this product is with regards to fish and stress as I've yet to sit one down to discuss it's childhood but I personally believe that no product will stop stress as it is the environmental conditions which reflect the likely hood of stress e.g. are there hiding places, are there other non-aggressive fish of the same species as many (not all e.g. male betta) prefer their own species for company and finally is the tank cycled properly e.g. ammonia 0, nitrite 0 and nitrate <40ppm.
***Would I recommend this product***
Well in a pinch I would certainly use this product again as it does what it claims regarding the removal of chlorine, chloramine and the binding of heavy metals; However, I would not use this product as my primary water conditioner as I found that Seachem Prime (which admittedly has a higher initial cost) more efficient at treating the aquarium water as you need a much smaller amount of product and it also binds ammonia which is a blessing when you're tank decides to do a mini-cycle - although that tends to be my fault due to excessive cleaning.
Nutrafin Aqua plus water conditioner.
I've been keeping tropical fish now for about two years, and have a relatively large tank. It becomes surprisingly addictive and there are some beautiful fish available, and it's amazingly therapeutic watching and caring for a fish tank. However easy caring for tropical fish maybe, there are a few things you have to remember if you want to keep your little fishes alive. The obvious ones are the filter, heater and air pump, however many beginners actual fail to realize that fish require without chlorine or chloramine, both of which are present in our tap water. So that's why buying a water conditioner is a necessity, failure to use this could cause you to lose your fish.
There are quite few fish water conditioners available on the market but I opted for this one when I began keeping fish because of a friend's recommendation, and have continued using it and have found the product to be admirable. All my fish are still alive and kicking, they are very healthy and lively and my tank looks healthy. Obviously there are other things that need to done to keep a healthy tank, but this product has definitely aided me in achieving this.
The product itself comes with a small measuring cup which enables you to accurately dose the tank. The required dose is 10mls per 40L, and needs to be added at every water change, when adding new water, new tank set ups, transporting fish and also for treating cuts and abrasions. The product contains pure herbal extract which help reduce the stress in the fish and adds a protective coating to the scales and fin, which is obviously a great bonus. It can be used in both fresh and salt water so if you keep marine fish this could be useful to you. It also neutralizes heavy metals in the water which obvious helps with the health of your fish and tank.
I buy the 120ml size and it cost me £6.49 from my local aquatics store which may sound extortionate but it lasts me for between six months and a year, so in reality it's extremely reasonable. 120ml treats up to 480l so dependent on the size of your tank will determine the length of time it will last you. It is distributed by Hagen, and their website is www.hagen.com . Rolf C. Hagen (UK), Castleford, W.Yorkshire, WF10 5QH. The telephone number is 01977556622 and is made in Canada.
Overall I think this product is very good considering the performance, I have been very impressed and think it's a perfect addition to my fish tank paraphernalia.
Northern Ireland isn't known for high levels of chlorine in the water supply. Many people do routine water changes with water straight from the tap - and 99% of the time you can get away with that. It's just that other 01% that worries me. If something were to happen to my fish - it would cost me a fortune to replace them. The parrot fish alone would cost me over £100 at their size - but it isn't just the price. I've had them since they were little 1 1/2" fry. I've had most of my fish for a number of years and I don't much like losing any. While the water supply here is usually safe enough as is, they do dump in extra chlorine without warning when there is a break in the pipes or any form of contamination. It just takes once changing your tank when the chlorine level is up and no more fishies.
I've been using Nutrafin Aquaplus for years now because the fellow in a very reputable tropical fish shop recommended it. It is a bit expensive. I paid £8.60 for 250 ml which will treat 1,000 litres of water. I had always expected Amazon to be more expensive for this - so never checked until writing this review. It turns out Amazons price is £12.61 for 500 ml which now treats 3,500 litres ( more concentrated formula?) of water and saves my husband driving to the next town to collect it. In addition to neutralising chlorine and chloramine ( which is more difficult to remove) - this is also meant to neutralise heavy metals and has a patented herbal extract which they claim heals injuries and reduces stress.
The directions on this bottle advise us to use 10ml per 40 litres of water. Double the dosage is required for saltwater. In all honesty I do use less - unless I notice a chlorine smell to the water which is rare. I also carefully aerate my water before adding to the tank * and run air pumps for awhile afterwards. I do not use anything if water sits out overnight first. I am guessing at quantities anyway. The measuring cap holds 25 ml which would be enough for 100 litres of water. I just use a half cap for the large tanks standard water change and a wee drop for the small tanks unless a very large water change takes place. If I am just adding a cup or two of water for a top up - I don't bother. I have never had any fish go floating on me just after a water change - so I can only assume this is working well still as it been years since I have used a chlorine strip to test - but I have always used less than required on the chemicals.
I did have one occasion to use this full strength though - and I did this without any real hope of it working. My son has a pair of Lake Malawi cichlids which he has had for about a year and half now. They have a rocky tank - which is the way this type of fish are meant to be kept. At the time we also had a small pleco in the tank which was meant to be moved to a large tank when it grew big enough. I have no idea what happened but my son came in very upset one night - very late as well after midnight saying his fish was sick. The pleco was dead and one of the cichlids was seriously injured. He wanted to go to a vet. Emergency hours vets are quite expensive and I don't think any of them treat fish anyway. A serious cut on a fish is usually a death sentence. Infection sets in easily and the fish dies. Damage to the slime coating on the scales alone can kill fish - which is why you should never catch fish in your hands unless they are flopping about on the floor. I really didn't see any way around this - but he was desperate for me to do something so I told him I would give the fish some medicine to help. I used the full amount allowed and went to bed.
Seeing the fish alive the next day, my son was well pleased that it was working - but I expected it to take a few days for the fish to die. Still three days later - the fish looked better - not worse. The instructions do not say anything about how often you can add this, but I did a 20% water change and added the full amount again. The fish did actually heal and survive. I can not swear that this worked miracles - perhaps the fish would have lived anyway. But I have seen a lot of fish die from much less serious injuries and I was 100% the fish was on it's way out. I am very happy the fish survived, and not only for my son. It is part of a bonded pair and I understand they mate for life. I'd have really sorry for the one left all alone.
I can't say for certain that this works for injuries, but I honestly believe it helps. I also believe it to be efficient for removal of chlorine. I will continue to buy this and am happy to recommend to others. I would also note that while I may skimp on chemicals, my tanks are generally understocked and have very frequent small water changes, keeping teh water crystal clear at all times. This means there will not be significant amounts of ammonia in my tank for the chlorine to react to and I can not recommend that everyone follow the same practice. The fact that I live in area without high chlorine, only a small amount of well aerated water is changed and the tanks are kept very clean makes a difference too.
I recommend this product for water changes, injuries and whenever you add new fish. Your fish should never be handled anyway - but if you happen to buy one from a pet shop where a silly member of staff uses their hands to catch fish, or some idiot does stroke one - I would add this as well to attempt to repair the slime coating. I have hand fed fish - I never ever attempt to pet them.
* Aeration and chlorine:
Simply aerating water vigorously will help reduce chlorine - and once in the tank the more dangerous and difficult to eliminate chloramine which is formed when ammonia and chlorine mix.
This is a tip I was given by a highly respected cichlid breeder and aquarium shop owner many years ago. When filling a bucket to add to your tank, hold your finger over the tap creating a very hard spray and bubbling the water. This exposes the water to air, allowing the chlorine to dissipate into the air rapidly. It will not remove every trace of chlorine, but will remove a substantial amount, quickly and easily. If you wish to see how this principle works scroll down to methods of aeration on this page:
http:// water.me.vccs.edu/ courses/ ENV115/ Lesson5_ print.htm
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If you opt to let water sit overnight to remove chlorine - it is only through exposure to air that the chlorine dissipates - so use an open bucket not lemonade bottles with caps.
If your tank is showing high levels of chloramine or chlorine - use air stones to provide as much aeration as possible. I like to use them after a water change anyway - just to make sure.
KEEP THIS AND ALL AQUARIUM CHEMICALS OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS!
Please remember this is a chemical and medicinal treatment. Most people do keep this type of thing under the aquarium. This is what I did before my sons were born, but I did catch a staffy trying to chew through a bottle once. I could have poisoned my dog by accident. I can't say if it was just my dog - or if something smells tasty to them in this but better safe than sorry.
We have a fish tank, currently with a load of danios, and as such we like to look after them as well as we possibly can. We have a tropical fish tank set up with a pump, filter, light and heater all working together to ensure that our fish are as well looked after as possible. We change our water, well 1/3 of it, every two weeks, sometimes less, depending on the needs of our fish tank at the time and the dirt in the water.
This liquid is incredibly simple to use. The cap unscrews and acts as a measuring cap to help you use the necessary amount of liquid for the water change that you are undertaking. I find the cap very simple to follow and as I am usually changing 10 litres of water each time I have become used to the amount of liquid that is required to treat the water and I just need a quick glance now to ensure that I am following the guidelines correctly. This takes just a few seconds to measure out and add to the water, I then leave my water to warm up to as close to the required temperature for my tank as possible before adding the water to the tank.
This is currently available in two sizes from Pets At Home. The 120ml for £5.99 and the 250ml for £8.79. Obviously the 250ml represents the best value for money per ml but whether you want to purchase it depends on just how much you are going to be using. The 250ml will last us well over a year so this is the bottle that we opted for, preferring to save some money in the long run rather than immediately.
It is fair to say that we have had no deaths and no poorly fish so far. This must show how good this conditioner is as it has gone a huge way I'm sure to helping keep our fish in tip top condition. I feel confident carrying out regular water changes because of this and it takes just a few minutes to remove the water, wipe the inside of the tank and then get the new water ready. This is worth every penny of its price and as soon as the water has been changed our fish go from cautious of the pipe removing the water to darting around again in just a few seconds.
When you become a fishkeeper one of the first lessons to learn is that you can't buy a tank, put some water in it from the tap and add fish - to do so is near certain death to your new fishy friends. What you need to do, for both tropical and cold water fish is add water to your set up (bowl or aquarium) that is safe and allow it to "cycle". A first step to doing this, and a vital thing to do to any water you add to your tank from thereon in is to treat your water before adding it.
Nutrafin Aquaplus is the treatment for tap water that my local fish store recommend, and the product that I have been using since I started keeping fish. A 500ml bottle is around £12 but will treat nearly 4,000 litres of water, it removes chlorine, choloramine and also neutralises heavy metals that are harmful to fish.
I find nutrafin aquaplus relatively easy to use - you need 10ml for 38litres, I have a 95 litre tank and tend to change a little under 15 litres at a time every other week, I use an old medicine spoon to measure the liquid into a bucket before adding water and letting it stand, the cap does have a 20ml mark on it but this isn't much help for a smaller tank, it would be good if the conditioner came with a proper measurer but it's an easily resolved issue. It would however be good if the bottle came with more examples of what ratio of product to water to use for the mathematically challenged - like me!
The product itself does smell quite chemically in its concentrated form, and I am always careful not to touch it, but there are no particular safety precautions, though you should obviously keep it out of the reach of children - there is no safety cap so I would advise caution.
The bottle claims that the conditioner coats fishes' scales in some way to make them more healthy and protect against scrapes and cuts. I can't really comment as to whether this actually works or not, but I have never had any problems with the water in my tank (which I test regularly), and I can only assume that this is in part due to this product which I use in conjunction with nutrafin "cycle" which adds healthy bacteria to the water.
This is a fairly expensive product, but a bottle lasts a long time, and like I say it does seem to do what it is supposed to; chlorine is, I believe, pretty toxic to fish, so buying this or a similar product is, or should be, part of any fishkeeper's routine. In my experience the expiry on this product is fairly long and it doesn't degrade over time, it's cheaper to buy a larger bottle.
There are plenty of things you need to learn when keeping fish, and if you are just starting out I would advise plenty of research and discussion with the shop you plan to buy them from before proceeding, but lesson 1 is definitely to make the water safe, and for that purpose this is a very good product that I highly recommend.
Depending on when and in what order DooYoo finally allow me to post my reviews, you may or may not be aware of our newest babies.....phew what a mouthful!
After not having the best track record with my daughters previous pet goldfish, and them eventually "meeting their maker" only a month or two after having them, I knew that I must be doing something wrong with there maintenance.
Not only did we change the tank to one with a filter, but after receiving this particular product free with the new tank, this has become my saving grace as far as the fishes health goes.
The product I will now review is - "Nutrafin aqua plus - tap water conditioner"
The basic premise of this additive is to help reduce the stress for the fish that can be attributed to handling, transportation and acclimatization of new tanks etc.
The bottle, at full size, holds 120ml of the liquid, the original bottle received with the tank set up, was enough to treat around two water changes and the initial tank set up, so we brought some very soon after buying the tank.
The lid of the bottle is the measuring cup, with all the levels and ml's being embossed in the inner section of the lid, this makes it much easier than the trial size bottle, we had to guess how much to add per litre of tap water.
The liquid itself is contains pure herbal extracts, this in turn is supposed to reduce stress for the fish, this product also coats the scales and fins to protect against scrapes and cuts, and lets be honest when you are living in what can only be described as a concoction of water, old rotting food and your own s**t, any help is preferable!
In addition to the afore mentioned properties this product mainly treats tap water to make it safe for the fish by removing chlorine and chloramine and neutralises heavy metals , this is suitable for fresh and saltwater fish only.
Instructions for use are simply, for every 10 U.S gal/8 U.K gal use 10ml of product, though if changing an entire tank of water for fresh, I usually place a few drops into the container you are putting the fish into whilst cleaning the tank, then once cleaned and treated simply pour the entire contents of holding container back into the clean tank, this keeps the fish in familiar water and reduces down stress further.
It does state however that for use with saltwater tanks the amount of product added to the water should be increased slightly, but all measurements are given.
Price wise for this sized bottle you are looking around the £8.00 mark, this is enough to treat two 8 gallon tanks once a fortnight for around two to three months, so this is an investment I feel. This product is available from all good pet stores, and as Nutrafin is such a well known and trusted brand name, there are many more different products available for your perusal!
Our fish (now three of them, loopy lou, star and villa!) are still going strong and when it comes to tank cleaning, which with this product and newly purchased filters, are becoming few and far between, are much less stressful and harmful on the fish, originally the fish would just sit at the bottom of the tank and didn't revive for a good 12 hours, now the fish swim around like lunatics. It is if I have added smack to the tank rather than a conditioner!
For more information visit - www.hagen.com
Thanks for reading x