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I was wondering how important a water conditioner is. I get that if you have chlorine or chloramines in your tap water or if it contains ammonia, nitrites or nitrates then it's really important. But if you are using RO water or you are just lucky like me and have tap water that doesn't contain any of those (and no heavy metals either), is a water conditioner such as Prime needed? It also says that it aids in the fish's slime coat so that would be one reason I suppose. I haven't gotten a bottle of anything yet but if there is a reason I need it then I'll grab a bottle on my next trip to town so I have it ready when I'm ready to add fish.
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yesimhere2 replied the topic: Water Conditioner

you are on well water?
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tehmole replied the topic: Water Conditioner

i would say to grab a bottle of seachem safe just to be on the 'safe' side ... lol

it wouldn't hurt to add when doing a WC.
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Keith replied the topic: Water Conditioner

Yes, well water with a water softener to remove the heavy metals.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Water Conditioner

Based on your source water, the only reason to have the water conditioner is during cycling.

However if you are on RO water you will need to add back in minerals and buffering capacity. Some fish don't do so well without the minerals that they need, and for oscars this could mean HITH.
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Keith replied the topic: Water Conditioner

I'm not on RO water myself, but I was trying to think of another instance where you wouldn't have any of the things conditioner are supposed to remove/neutralize in case someone in the future comes across this thread with the same question.

Perhaps a product such as Stress Coat or StressZyme for the aid in slime coat would still be a good idea.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Water Conditioner

Not needed; just make sure you know the PH and nitrates of the source water is.
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Keith replied the topic: Water Conditioner

Ok, I'll save that money and perhaps spend it on treats (once a good staple of pellets has been established of course).
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