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Lets talk drip acclimation, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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I use Seachems Equilibrium and Alkalinity buffer.


their instructions for Equilibrium working from memory is 1 tablespoon added to 20 gallons raises hardness 3 degrees.


likewise 1 teaspoon of Alkalinity buffer raises kh  2.8 degrees when added to 20 gallons.  

And after dosing you can run a test and confirm the results match what they said.


To detoxify nitrite in an emergency, up to 5 times normal dose may be used. If temperature is > 30 °C (86 °F) and chlorine or ammonia levels are low, use a half dose.


When should I use the emergency dose of 5 x the recommended amount of Prime®?

A: If your ammonia or nitrite levels are above 2 ppm, you can safely use up to 5 x the recommended amount.“


And Oh, by the way there are no tests you can use to verify that the supposed action has occured.  , dosing is good for 48 hours, but you can redose in 24,  no mention as to how high a level of ammonia prime will protect against…. …  will it protect if you have 8ppm ammonia?  Or 16?   As a fishkeeper tou have no way of knowing. Seachem  and Fritz give no guidance..


yeah, no thanks.  I will do a water change because after I do that I can test the water and know that the ammonia nitrites and nitrates are low….  And I will be using the dechlorinator in the water change….  And if it somehow helps with residual ammonia nitrite or nitrate after the water change,  Great,  I dont mind the help…


Very simply the marketing and dosage instructions along with no way to verify if it works gives me zero confidence to add it and call it a day without water changing the stuff away.  I am not going assert it is snake oil and without any benefit, but neither company gives me any reason to trust it other than for dechlorination of tap water…

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On a different note, I just got a shipment of 10 Espei “Lambchop Rasboras and 10 Green Neon Tetras from Aqua Huna today.  Label created Wednesday around 1:00.  In Washington State.  Package delivered in Minot, Maine by 12:00 noon.


Way to go USPS… under 48 hours cross country!

And I am impressed with Aqua Huna with this shipment.  Ammonia under 1 ppm in bag water,  ph 6.8, nitrite 0, nitrate 20 ppm.  KH 4 GH 5.


my last shipment from a different seller arrived with 16 ppm ammonia in the bag…


given low ammonia had kh gh been significantly off from my tanks I would have considered following Aqua Huna acclimation recommendation of adding a bit of tank water to bag water over time, but since we are a close match I opted to plop and drop…

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