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I have fish, a few of them, and not just the ones that are in the oven cooking away for tea. I''''m talking about the swimming, live fish that, for many people, including myself, live in a tank, wondering how to drive it. People who have fish, or have had them, will know that taking care of them is a job in itself. The feeding part is not too bad, just place a few pinches of fish food into the tank and let the fish eat away. The worst thing about keeping fish is actually cleaning the tank out, be that either a full clean or a half clean, 1/3 clean really. But either way, when it comes to cleaning a fish tank there is one thing that you need to add to the tap water in order to make the tap water fit enough for the fish to survive in. What I mean by that is that normal water from the tap is tainted with such things as fluoride and other little bits and blobs that are harmless to us humans, and possible aliens too, although I have yet to find an alien to ask. But the things in the water that are harmless to us are quite dangerous to the little fishes as they need a certain cleanliness of water. So what do you do to get the tap water right for the fish? Well, all you have to do is add a little amount of something that is designed to ''''take out'''' all those bits that the fish don''''t like, leaving water that is fit for a fish to swim in. and that certain little amount of something is called Aquasafe, which, as the name suggests, makes the water safe for fish to live in. What is Aquasafe.. It is a liquid that is made by a company called Tetra, who deal with most things that a person needs when it comes to keeping fish, any sort of fish. Aquasafe comes in a plastic bottle, varying in size, from 50ml, 100ml, 250ml and a 500ml, but all the bottles are the eye catching yellow colouring with that distinctive label on the container that tell you exactly what it is. As I said, Aquasafe is a liquid that contains such things as bio colloids for beneficial bacteria growth which helps in the cleaning of the water in the tank. It helps gets rid of the ''''fish nasties'''' in your tap water, such as chlorine and chloramine plus those heavy metals such as iron, zinc and lead. so that the fish can swim in their tank without becoming ill. To be exact, or as close to exact as I can be, with me not being a boffin, It''''s a mix of vitamins, natural biopolymers and trace elements... what ever that is and adds the essential elements that are present in the fishes natural environment, such as Iodine for vitality, magnesium for growth and well being. Which in turn help protect the gills and mucous membranes of your fish. In basic terms it makes the water feel as close to fishes ''''normal'''' water as possible What''''s in the bottle..? There are different size bottle but they all contain the same ingredients, but I don''''t really know what they are as there is nothing on the box to say what they are. All I will say is that what ever is in the bottle manages to clear the tap water from chlorine and chloramine, plus, it attacks any heavy metals such as iron, lead and zinc that are hiding in the water. Basically, a little drop of this stuff clears the water of anything that may harm the fish whilst they swim happily in the tank. So what do you do with it.. All you have to do is pour a little of the blue liquid from the yellow bottle into your water. You use 5ml per 10 litres of water, so the amount you will have to use depends on the size of your fish tank. I use just under 15ml for my tank as that''''s enough. The smaller bottles have an ideal lid to use for measuring the 5ml as this small lid hold 5ml. The first bottle I bought was the small one and I have kept the lid for measuring ever since, which is handy really. You can also simply add it straight into a fish tank, if you fill the tank first, as long as you have a rough idea how much water is needed to fill the tank. Remember, for every 10 litres of water you need to add 5ml of Aquasafe. Note: You may find that when you pour the Aquasafe into the water it seems to turn a little blue, this is perfectly normal and the blue colouring does disappear in no time at all, leaving the water as clear as it should be. Is it any good. Well, that is a question which only fish can answer as I can not tell if the water feels like it''''s best suited for fish. What I can tell is that this stuff does seem to keep the water clearer for a bit longer and the fish seem to be happy enough swimming around in the water. What do I think.. This product is so simple to use and lasts quite some time, for me anyway, with a 25 litre tank. There is a nice little disperse top in the 100ml bottle which means that I have to squeeze the bottle in order to get the liquid out, which means that it is easier to control and doesn''''t pour out all over the floor as it splashes over the top of the measuring spoon, or little lid in my case. It hasn''''t done any harm to the filters of air pumps that I have in the tank, which is good, and there doesn''''t seem to be any excess residue on the glass or the surface of the water, apart from the fish wastes residue which is normal... That''''s about it really. It is what it is, a liquid in a bottle that helps clean the toxins out of the water so that the fish can breath easy, so to speak. So I won''''t go on just to fill in the spaces, so to speak. How much does a bottle cost.. This depends on the size of the bottle you want, but the prices range from about 2.50GBP for a 50ml bottle up to about 2.00 GBP for the bigger 500ml bottles, which are more for those who have a lot of fish and many many tanks really. I usually buy the 100ml bottles as they seem to always be on offer in the local shop these days, plus, this size bottle tends to last quite a while, considering that I use about 5ml per semi clean and 15ml per full clean. So if I do a semi clean once a week, then a full clean once a month, that''''s me using about 35ml of Aquasafe per month, so a 10ml bottle lasts me a couple of months. Those cleaning figures are just a guide as it depends on how the water looks which makes me feel the need to clean it or not Would I recommend it.. Well, when it comes to keeping my fish happy, which means taking the rubbish out of the water that they don''''t like, then this is money well spent, without a doubt. So, if you have fish cold water fish, tropical maybe, then this is a must to help with the health and well being of the little swimmers. Just remember, if you don''''t look after your fish then the fishy police will come and get you... so keep the damp squid at bay, get yourself some Aquasafe.
We have a large tropical fish tank in our home having upgraded from a Biorb tank to something over four times the size. This means that we need to undertake maintenance on a regular basis in our fish tank and this is why I use this Tetra Aquasafe.
As we change water in our tank twice a week I bought this in a 250ml bottle. Now tap water conditioner is not something that I am brand loyal to when using, I tend to buy what is available at the pet store that I am visiting when I need it and then hope that it is a good quality product that works well.
Tap water contains lots of minerals that are damaging to fish and could potentially even kill them. Tap water conditioner works to make the tap water safe by removing nasties and allowing the fish to live and be healthy even though their tank is full of tap water.
How much Aquasafe is required is dependant on your tank size of course and the suggestion on the bottle is 5ml per 10 litres of water. Now we often change 30 litres of water at a time, as we have a medium-large fish tank and we normally do this once, sometimes twice per week. We add our Aquasafe to cold tap water that we add boiled tap water too. This means that the temperature is almost perfect for the fish tank and so we just leave the water to sit for half hour or so and then we use a siphon to add the water to the tank without spilling it all over the floor or scaring the fish, this only takes a few minutes with my husband and I working together.
Now I've used other water conditioners in the past and to my knowledge we haven't had any conditioners fail at all on us. This Aquasafe is no exception. We are able to change our water with ease and in all it is a very simple process taking just a few minutes at the beginning to prepare the water and just a few more to add the water to the tank.
Since using this for the last 5 weeks we have had no fish deaths in our tank. Now generally we only have a fish die through what appears to be old age (some of them are older when we get them from friends or the pet store) and this water conditioner has not seemingly changed that. In 5 weeks we have used around half a bottle and with 250ml costing us £8.99 this works out at good value for money to keep our fish tank healthy and safe at all times.
I would definitely recommend this, as I have no reason not to, and compared to some other tap water conditioners this is economical too which is always good. I will definitely buy this again in the future and I am rating this 5/5 as it has kept my fish alive and we have had no problems at all in our fish tank while using this. This isn't the only product that we use in our tank of course as we use others depending on any outbreak of illnesses or symptoms our fish our showing plus we use a product to protect the fish from illness as a preventative measure also.
A friend of mine recently took on someone else's fish as that person was immigrating. However, she did not treat the water in the tank the fish were going to be tranferred into and sadly the two fish died within a week.
I too have recently taken on someone else's fish and so decided to see what I could do to give the guest fish the best chance of survival on being transferred from his own tank to his new one.
I asked the advice of a helpful lady in my local petshop and she recommended AquaSafe to me which makes tap water safe for fish. This is, according to the bottle, "a new formula which promotes healthy water and healthy fish through a patented unique mix of natural substances and trace elements."
I purchased the bottle as pictured for around £3.75 for 50mls. You need to mix a quantity of this to your tap water that you are going put into your aquarium in order to make the water safe. You need to mix 5mls of aquasafe for every 10 litres (approx. 2 gallons) of water you are going to use depending on the size of your tank.
Although this states that it makes tapwater immediately safe, the petshop assistant recommended leaving it as long as possible before putting the fish in. Usually it is recommended to wait at least 3 days but she advised that if possible it should be left for a week. I decided to do this as I knew how upset my children would be if their new acquisition met an untimely death soon after arrival!
The bottle says that you should treat all tap water before adding it to the aquarium but because I had a 17 litre tank I filled the tank up once in situ with a jug of water and then added the product afterwards. The product is bright blue and you are advised to stir the product in while so it is distributed evenly throughout the water. The blue colouring soon dissipates leaving the water once again clear. For the purposes of this review I gave the product a good sniff and wish I hadn't - it isn't particularly pleasant smelling although this is probably a good thing as it might persuade a child from drinking it as the bright blue colour would be very appealing to little people so I would advise keeping this treatment well out of reach of very young children.
The objective of this treatment is to mimic fishs' and plants' natural environment as much as possible and remove any harmful chemicals from the tap water by neutralising harmful chemicals such as chlorine and chloramine as well as heavy metals like copper, zinc and cadmium and this will also support protective mucous layers and helps to create clear water.
This is essential for the optimum survival of your fish. I also soaked the net I was going to use to transfer the fish from tank to tank as when I removed him with the clean net from his old tank (which was disgracefully dirty) the net needed cleaning and as I was taking no chances I treated the net before transferring him into his nice clean new tank.
This product should be used during the cleaning out process when any new tap water is added and is also beneficial when adding new fish to the tank or when treating sick fish.
Obviously we go with the advice that we are given but I can say that so far all has gone swimmingly well (pardon the pun) and our new fish has taken well to his new tank and survived the first few weeks and I do feel that treating the water has helped based on the experience of my friend who did not treat the water in her aquarium so I would recommend this product in order to give your fish the best chance of survival once being tranferred out of a petshop or a friend's aquarium as in my case rather than taking pot luck by not treating the water.
Happy fish keeping!
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Our small fish tank only has a few danios in it, but they still need looking after, and one of the key things is that the water they live in has to be clean and habitable for them. Our tap water may be fine for us to drink, wash in, etc, but for fish, the mineral elements in the water, especially the chlorination in the cleaning process, can be deadly.
To combat this, there are a number of products out there that you can use to 'clean' your water for fish, and one of these is this one, AquaSafe. It's a market leader and comes with a whole heap of recommendations, so we have only ever used this. The idea is that you premix tap water with some of this AquaSafe solution, and it changes the chemical balance in order to make it safe for the fish in the tank. It's important to do this, as otherwise the fish gills that take in oxygen will be taking in other chemicals that could be hazardous to their health.
We change a few litres of the water on a semi regular basis, often changing around half a tank at a time. It's only a small tank, so it just takes a few large bottles, each having been filled with water and then a few drops of solution added. They recommend you add 5ml of the solution for every 10 litres of the water. It's then best to let the water sit and mix for the chemical change to happen as well as the water warming up a bit, if you've got it straight from the tap. It's best to get it at room temperature before adding it.
I find this is a highly effective and easy way to change the water in the tank. Every now and then, we do a complete change, but this is rare. In the meantime, we use this method of changing around half each time. I don't have anything else to compare it to, but I have heard other people having experienced problems and a certain lack of success with other similar products. AquaSafe is a tried and tested success as far as I'm concerned with changing the water for your tropical fish, and so I happily recommend it.
Of course, this isn't the only thing you need to do with the water. Your filter needs to be working properly, and the tank will need occasional cleaning as well. The water purification for the tropical fish is just part of caring for fish, so don't forget to do every little bit. We're very happy iwth this product, and will continue to use it. It'll cost you around the £10 mark for a 250ml bottle, and the bottle itself has little nicks on the side to show 10ml intervals. This does help to measure it out somewhat, but it's only a guideline, and after a while you start to gauge how much you need to use. This does the job for us - recommended.
Tetra AquaSafe is such a well known product to anyone who has ever kept fish in indoor tanks that is widely sold and so easy to source. Its something that we have used as a water conditioning product in our small aquarium, which we picked as it is a brand leader.
Tap water whilst being nice and safe for us humans to use is not suitable for our fishy friends if its left untreated. A bit of extra thought and care is needed when setting up a fish tank or topping up the water in an existing set up. We have found that Tetra AquaSafe has been a product we have used and has seemed to work well. Its easy and quick to mix and not too pricey to buy.
Tetra AquaSafe is easy to use as its a simple additive that you mix with normal tap water and then add to your fish tank. The liquid in the bottle is a blue toned shade, so that you can easily see what you are pouring out and can differentiate between plain water and the AquaSafe product.
You can buy the product in a variety of sizes of plastic bottles to suit your needs and prices begin from around £1.50 for the smallest 50ml size, up to £5.99 for a much bigger 250ml bottle and £9.99 for a 500ml sized one. The smaller your tank the longer each bottle will last, as the mix per 10 litres of normal tap water is a 5mls dose. Based on this a 50ml bottle will dose 100 litres of tap water.
The makers of Tetra AquaSafe say that using the product provides a 4 way protection system for your fish, when added to normal tap water used in their tank. Its something that is made to deal with the effect that chlorine which is found in tap water can have on tank kept fish. It helps to stop amonia chloride being produced which can be very harmful to fish.
The addition of Tetra AquaSafe can also reduce metals in the tank water and has something added to helps protect your fish from bacterial infections. There is also vitamin B1 included which can help to reduce stress on tank kept fish and magnesium and iodine are also present. A new bio extract has been added to help to stabilize the bacteria within a balanced fish tank, so the product has plenty to offer.
When we have used Tetra AquaSafe we have found it easy to add to the water prior to putting it into our fish tank. As we have always used a water conditioning product for our frehswater fish, its hard to say how the tank and the fish within would have faired without it. We were advised it was not a good thing to add plain untreated water to the tank and so have never left tap water untreated.
The product can be used for marine fish tanks as well as freshwater set ups, there is a product aimed towards goldfish that works in the same way. We have found that the product is easy to use and long lasting as you don't need to add large amounts and full cleans with an already established tank are not something you need to do very often.
When topping up our tank with Tetra AquaSafe we always made sure as to allow the water to settle at the right temperature, which matched that of the water already on the tank prior to use. Its always wise to mix your water and water conditioner away from the main tank and allow it to stand, so that your fish aren't shocked by the change in water temperature.
As we have favoured the product and it is something that we have used with no ill effects on our fish it has to get 4 stars. Its a good product that seems to do the job its made for well enough. Its widely sold and so easy to buy and has a distinctive yellow toned bottle which is easy to spot when on the shelves.
As you probably know, fish breath oxygen in through water in their gills. So obviously it's important that the water is safe for them to breath. Tap water has chlorine in it, which is in such small quantities that it's fine for you and me. But for fish, it could burn their gills and kill them unfortunately.
To avoid this happening, add 5ml of this product to the water each time you change your fish. It has active ingredients in it that will disperse any chlorine and other harmful chemicals in your tap water and make it safe for your fishes to breath.
You can pick this up in Tesco for about £3.50 a bottle and one bottle will last you for several months at a time. We tend to change our grandson's fish's water every week and so far this bottle has lasted us ten changes with about a quarter of the bottle still left.
You may find your own fish survive being put in plain tap water, but that is because chemical levels in the tap water varies from area to area. Also, if you only change half the water at a time it can help but that means constantly having dirtish water. Much nicer just to stir in 5ml of this each time and have a safe, crystal clear tank.
This is a fantastic product does exactly what it says it does. I have had no problems with my tropical fish and there water they all seem happy just like there normal enviroment. Our tap water has chlorine in it this is bad for fish as it burns the gills this may seem strange as it is fine for us to drink but it will kill your fishes if you dont put this in. There is seaweed extracts in it as they help develop good bacteria to clean the water. This does not help the plants you also need another water treatment for them.
Also to make sure that the water is right for the fish you should do a ph test tetra also make the product.
As i say all i use is the tetra treatments and food and they all appear to be working
I recommend this product
Fish use there gills to breath not there lungs like we do, they use the oxygen out of the water to breath.
Our tap water contains chlorine and although this is not harmful to us when we drink it, it is harmful to fish as it burns there gills.
Adding tetra aqua safe to your tap water makes it safe for your fish because it neutralises the chlorine in your tap water.
Tetra aqua safe does this by breaking down the bond between chlorine and ammonia neutralising them.
It also coats the fish helping with the healing of wounds as it works like an anticeptic promoting healing.
We used aqua safe when we first set up our fish tanks and at every water change.
You dont need a lot of this product so it lasts quite some time.
It is realy easy to use as the cap on top of your bottle will measure one full cap for a 20 gallon aquarium so 1/2 a cap will treat 10 gallons and 1/4 of a cap will treat 5 gallons.
The bottle can be kept once opened for 12 months and costs £3.99 for 50ml.
Be very careful not to overdose your fish as this will kill them.
We have noticed that this product does seem to sedate your fish and make them slow for a few days after using it.
If you dont like the sound of this product you can allow chlorine to disperse from the water naturaly by putting it into a bucket and leaving to stand for 12 to 24 hours before doing your water change as this allows the chlorine and amonia to break down naturally.
We cant leave water to stand that long in our house because either ziggy, tyson or buddy would be drinking it so we always use tetra aqua safe
Since I moved a new fish tank in to my home last week its time for fishy themed reviews. This is product I whole heartedly recommend that anyone keeping fish should have on hand.
As we all know the tap water in the UK is safe for us to drink, but has several chemical additives as well as traces of the metals used in the pipes, among these are chlorine and metal ions, these while harmless to humans and large pets -cats, dogs etc - are not so good for fish, in fact can kill them.
So while most people know to leave water intended for aquaria to stand for a minium of 24 hours sometimes this just isnt practical so what else can you do?
There are a number of similar products on the market designed to neutralise the dangerous traces in the water. This one is the one I have in my cupboard of fish keeping spares, it claims to have ingredients which help to protect the gills of your fish, also to protect fish from wounds and scrapes (as can be caused by boisterous behaviour around sharp corners of decoration), also containing a vitamin which is thought to relieve stress - yes your fish are mildly stressed by living in a glass box however large and natural seeming it might be. This solution also contains some mild antibacterial agents which help to prevent bacterial or fungal infections.
While the effectiveness of the majority of the claims is hard to comment on as when my fish got sick it was in old water due for a change and when I added the replacement angel I was in the process of treating my main aquarium (to be reviewed later), the only way to comment of those things would be to test it idependantly of other treatments a risk I was not willing to take with my fish at the time. I can however state that after water changes and after both of my moves I have used this solution when re-establishing my aquarium and though on both occasions the water type has greatly differed between the areas my fish have always seemed happy after the changes.
This solution is simple to use, others seem more complex to use, this simply requires 5ml of solution to be mixed with 10 litres of water - this is most easily done in the aquarium but if it is being used in water changes I tend to mix it in 2 litre water bottles since I know these dont contain any other dangerous chemicals or soaps (this also means I can float the bottles in warm water until the water in them reaches the same temperature as the aquarium so that the risk of shock to the fish caused by a sudden change in water temperature is minimised - but dont float it in your aquarium you dont know that the outside of the bottle is clean!). Measuring the amount of solution required is done using the cap, it has two volumes of liquid marked 5ml, and 10ml, any smaller volumes can only be measured approximately but I never change less than 10 litres of water at a time (just under 25% of the water in my aquarium).
The bottle I have is 250ml and cost £10, larger (500ml) and smaller (100ml, 30ml bottles are avaliable, but at Pets at Home the largest size they sell is 250ml. The liquid is blue, and oddly enough has a warm, chemical smell. The bottles themselves are yellow, with blue labels. There is no ingredients list but it is stated that the solution is for aquarium use only, and should be kept out of childrens reach, but just in case it has a child safe cap - I wish they would stop using them as I struggle to open them, wonder if they can tell that I have a childs outlook on life?
As is also increasingly common the manufacturer has a website which contains some very useful information as well as pursuading you to buy their products, they also have a 'club' you can join which gives you access to more information and a members forum.
In all honesty I cant say that this product is any more or less effective than any other since I have neither asked advice from experts nor tried any other product for the same purpose, at first the cost of this seems slightly unecessary, but in terms of doing what you can to ensure the health of your fish it is always worth trying and given that in my early days of fish keeping I didnt use anything like this and lost many fish as well as having fish which suffered from varying degrees of fin rot, caused by poor water quality. But since starting to use this I haven't had any cases of fin rot (though that could be partly due to the better quality water which this area has from the taps) and certainly after two moves I have not lost any fish for unexplained reasons, so I will certainly be continuing its use.
If you're new to the world of goldfish this product is a must!! I can't stress that enough! You must not put goldfish into ordinary tap water. Instead you must add some Tetra Aquasafe. This does 3 things: It removes all heavy metals from the tap water, neutralises chlorine and coats the fish with a protective covering. You are able to but Tetra Aquasafe from all fish shops, and also mail order. Usually the mail order is cheaper. You are also better off getting a large bottle of it too if you intend to change the water frequently. It will dis colour the water very slightly to a blue colour but this is natural. Once it has been mixed in the water for about 15 minutes you are able to add the fish to it. This product is NOT to be missed out of any fish keepers kit!
Tetra Aquasafe Is designed to do several things for your fish: · Removes Toxic Chlorine & Chloramines · Adds Protective Coating for Fish · Neutralizes Heavy Metals Aquasafe makes tap water harmless to use for fish water. Ordinary tap water contains chemicals and metals that can damage fish. They are harmed by rapid changes in pH, temperature, etc which can result from water changing. Most fish owners rely on tap water when setting up an aquarium or when doing partial water changes. Tap water has had many chemicals added to kill bacteria (good and bad bacteria). Because these chemicals are deadly to fish, never keep fish in untreated tap water! Fill the aquarium with water, treat it, and then add fish once the water is settled. After doing a partial water change, the water in the aquarium will again need to be treated.
Contains seaweed extracts (natural biopolymers) which support the development of beneficial filter bacteria for healthy and clear water.