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I would check the dosage best way to work out if it's cheaper is check the number of litres or gallons it treats.

I've used loads of different ones over the years and prime was most cost effective because it's only a few millilitres to dose my tank. Some require you to add a lot more.

However I did consider them all to be effective at removing chlorine. Some seem to do extra stuff (metals and ammonia blocking) but I'm only buying for the dechlorinator really. 

If you are really looking to save money on dechlorinator have a read of this thread by @HH Morant they have moved to using the raw active agent.

 

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I had a bad experience with Aqueon water conditioner which caused the water to be ver foamy from airstones and killed two of my cories within minutes of a water change and affected the other 3 cories for weeks before they returned to normal behaviour. Foaminess only cleared up with a deep water change once my  Fritz order arrived.

as mentioned check the dosage before concluding 1 is cheaper.  Fritz calls for 1 ml for 10 gallons and IIRC, the Aqueon called for 5/mls per 10 gallons.

I only bought the Aqueon as I spilled my Fritz and was out and Aqueon is all that was in stock at local Petco.

 

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I used to use Prime, but switched to Fritz Complete as they’re basically the same thing and Complete is the better value. Prime price has skyrocketed recently and I just couldn’t justify the price anymore. 
 

While I don’t necessarily *need* the ammonia blocking properties of either of them at this point, it’s still nice to have when you DO need it. Also, when I bag fish for sale it’s nice to put a couple drops in the bag. Makes me feel better anyways knowing that they’ll be safe in the bag for transport. 

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To put things in perspective, a 16 ounce bottle of Fritze complete sells for $15.29 at Aquarium Coop.

it will treat 4,800 gallons of water.  92 gallons per week for a year.

Its not my first thought of a place to try economising.

Other than claims, has anyone seen verifiable, repeatable tests showing that it does actually “lock up” or “detoxify”ammonia and nitrite?

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