Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Ammonia Aquarium Water Treatments

1. Tetra BettaSafe Water Conditioner

User Ratings: 80 2

Tetra 16837 First Impressions

"Shake well before use."

Use a water conditioner that does not remove ammonia. Fish are aerobic organisms that are susceptible to ROS. Pictures included to see the difference. In the last two months I have seen this product work its gold. This came just in time for my water change day! 4-5 squirts in a sink of water, soak my suit 10 min, wring out and hang to dry. I use in a freshwater aquarium and works well.

  • Tetra BettaSafe Water Conditioner
  • WATER CONDITIONER: Makes tap water safe for bettas and other ornamental fish.
  • REDUCES STRESS: Neutralizes harmful chlorine, chloramines, ammonia and heavy metals in aquarium water.
  • FAST-ACTING: Works in seconds.
  • COMPLETE FORMULA: Use when setting up a new aquarium, with monthly partial water changes and evaporation replacement.
  • USAGE: Use monthly for maintenance.
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1.88 x 3.69 inches; 2.46 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 16837
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 16837 Final Thoughts

"New tank syndrome."

Thanks to the Amazon reviewer who mentioned this! Fish would die occassionally every few weeks or so. Fish possess an antioxidant defense system to reduce the negative effects of ROS. I recieved it today at 3pm and applied it around 4pm. DON'T just wait everything will be fine. I wanted to see if it would take the chlorine out of my swimsuit. One planted that has algae problem so bad.

Overall Score
4.7


(4379 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Ammonia Aquarium Water Treatments

2. Seachem Stability Fish Tank Stabilizer - for Freshwater and Marine Aquariums 500 ml

User Ratings: 87 2

Seachem First Impressions

"Wow my tank is so clear."

You need a source of ammonia to feed the bacteria which Dr. You need to buy an eye dropper for this. I have used this consistently since cycling my small sized fresh-water tank. This product is exactly what it says it is. If you're treating injured fins or introducing new fish, this is for you. I use mine for my beta fish in a 2 gallon tank and need less than a half a cap full. Now our fish have grown and we've added live plants.

  • Seachem Stability Fish Tank Stabilizer - for Freshwater and Marine Aquariums 500 ml
  • TANK STABILIZATION: Seachem Stability will rapidly and safely establish the aquarium biofilter in freshwater and marine systems, thereby preventing the #1 cause of fish death: "new tank syndrome".
  • TREATMENT: Stability is formulated specifically for the aquarium and contains a synergistic blend of aerobic, anaerobic, and facultative bacteria which facilitate the breakdown of waste organics, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate.
  • BACTERIA GROWTH: The necessary conditions for the growth of Stability's bacteria strains encompass a very broad range. When other bacteria begin to die off (usually from high organic loads caused by the unknown death of an organism), Stability simply becomes more effective.
  • USE: Shake Seachem Stability well before use and turn off UV/ozone filter. Use 1 capful (5 mL) for each 40 L (10 US gallons) on the first day with a new aquarium. Then use 1 capful for each 80 L (20 US gallons) daily for 7 days. Fish and other aquatic species may be introduced at any time as long as dosage is maintained for 7 days.
  • SAFE: The bacteria employed by Stability are non-sulfur fixing and will not produce toxic hydrogen sulfide. Stability is completely harmless to all aquatic organisms as well as aquatic plants, thus there is no danger of overuse.
  • Manufacture: Seachem
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem
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Seachem Final Thoughts

"Never works."

One planted that has algae problem so bad. I tried it without the water change and really didn't make a difference. If either or both ammonia and Nitrite are above 1ppm do not add ammonia. I love all of the API products, especially their easy to use test kits. Its 9pm and the old cloudy water is now crystal clear! However if you want a stress coat, this is perfect. My filter including polishing element could not clear it up.

Overall Score
4.8


(3154 Points)

3. Aqueon Tap Water Conditioner

User Ratings: 82 2

Aqueon 100106005 First Impressions

"It was a viscous cycle."

From their own colon or a hole in the ground. Sure enough they are back to their healthy coloration and didn't end up dying on me. I read another review for this product saying they were using API for this purpose. Do not gravel vac or disturb the substrate. I like API products and this is no different. Initially this was used as a sample packet came with our aquarium. I'm sold on this, I've tried SO MANY and wow.

  • Aqueon Tap Water Conditioner
  • Use when filling aquarium with tap water, performing water changes or adding fish
  • Instantly makes tap water safe for fish
  • Supplement for fish that have been stressed, transported or netted
  • Detoxifies heavy metals, ammonia and other elements that are released from fish waste
  • Convenient dosage cap is included
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 8.4 x 2.5 inches; 1.25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106005
  • Treatment Effectiveness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100106005 Final Thoughts

"So easy to use."

I have a 5 gallon tank, so that number was waaaay too high for me. If you have a freshwater fish tank, I highly recommend this product. I wanted to see if it would take the chlorine out of my swimsuit. I've using this for my betta for several years with every water change. It took a couple of days to clear but it works. I use in a freshwater aquarium and works well. I wanted to see if it would take the chlorine out of my swimsuit.

Overall Score
4.7


(2887 Points)

4. API AMMO-LOCK Ammonia detoxifier, Detoxifies ammonia toxic to fish in aquarium water and tap water, ...

User Ratings: 75 3

API 45E First Impressions

"Shake well before use."

Way to go Fluval keep up the good WORK! If you have a freshwater fish tank, I highly recommend this product. Ever since I made this purchase, my fish are not dying at all. Way to go Fluval keep up the good WORK! My tap water is very heavy and this water conditioner does it's magic. The chloramines contain a small amount of ammonia. I know you are going to worry about your fish DON'T they are fine.

  • API AMMO-LOCK Ammonia detoxifier, Detoxifies ammonia toxic to fish in aquarium water and tap water, Use when ammonia is detected
  • Contains one (1) API AMMO-LOCK Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Ammonia Detoxifier 16-Ounce Bottle
  • Detoxifies ammonia in aquarium water and tap water
  • Works instantly to make aquarium water safe for fish
  • Eliminates fish stress caused by ammonia in freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • Dose freshwater and saltwater every two days until ammonia is not detected
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 8 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 45E
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API 45E Final Thoughts

"Of course."

Fish possess an antioxidant defense system to reduce the negative effects of ROS. I know you are going to want to add more chemicals, etc. DON'T just wait everything will be fine. I even poured in extra to help with the healing. I was sort of nervous buy this product and trying it out. I do not use this as a product to treat my tap water. This is the 5th since I put in the product and my tank is crystal clear.

Overall Score
4.6


(1755 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Ammonia Aquarium Water Treatments

5. Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus Water Conditioner & Dechlorinator

User Ratings: 80 3

Aqueon 100106020 First Impressions

"Awesome stuff."

I'm amazed, I'm really amazed that this product worked so well. It gets rid of the chlorine in tap water. I use in a freshwater aquarium and works well. Easy to dispense the product without mess and easy to use per instructions. I have a great pump and uv light but still had cloudy-ish water. Fish are aerobic organisms that are susceptible to ROS. The live plants even looked like I just bought them.

  • Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus Water Conditioner & Dechlorinator
  • Instantly makes tap water safe for fish and plants
  • Developed specially for smaller bowls and aquariums
  • Ideal for use with Bettas
  • Contains trace elements to promote proper health, color and natural slime coat protection
  • Made in the USA
  • Use when filling aquarium with tap water, performing water changes or adding fish
  • Instantly makes tap water safe for fish
  • Supplement for fish that have been stressed, transported or netted
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 5.4 x 1.7 inches; 5.29 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106020
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Aqueon 100106020 Final Thoughts

"But that wasn't the case!"

I have been battling cloudy water in our small aquarium for two months. I tried it without the water change and really didn't make a difference. My water is crystal clear again, and it smells like a healthy fish tank again. No exaggeration-- literally cleared overnight. The afternoon I received this product I added half a dose to each aquarium. I love it when a product does what its supposed to. I have used this consistently since cycling my small sized fresh-water tank.

Overall Score
4.6


(1694 Points)

6. Natural Rapport Aquarium Water Conditioner - The Only All-in-1 Water Conditioner Fish Need - Natural...

User Ratings: 74 4

Natural Rapport First Impressions

"But that wasn't the case!"

It is just as good when compared to other brands of conditioner. Fish possess an antioxidant defense system to reduce the negative effects of ROS. I know you are going to worry about your fish DON'T they are fine. I like that it's a large bottle with multiple uses, so that's nice. We use it when we clean& change out water. Don't know if that made a difference but it didn't hurt. Ever since I made this purchase, my fish are not dying at all.

  • Natural Rapport Aquarium Water Conditioner - The Only All-in-1 Water Conditioner Fish Need - Naturally Detoxifies and Removes Ammonia, Nitrite, Chlorine, and Chloramine (16 fl oz.)
  • PROFESSIONAL GRADE CONDITIONER - For Your Freshwater and Saltwater aquariums. No need for separate steps, supplies, accessories, or chemical kits to treat API stress coats, slime coats. Our professional chlorine remover does it all in one step.
  • SALT & FRESHWATER - Treatments during changes will help your betta, goldfish, or others thrive as it balances pH, adds electrolytes, slime and stress coats for your fish. Also safer for saltwater marine invertebrates, plants and crustaceans.
  • DETOXIFIES & REMOVES HARMFUL CHEMICALS - Quick to remove harmful bacteria such as Ammonia, Nitrate, Chlorine, Chloramine, Heavy Metals, and more. Our 'Natural Choice' Dechlorinator and clarifier does all this plus is safer for your aquarium.
  • ALL-IN-ONE CONDITIONER - Makes your tap water instantly safe by removing harsh chemicals and detoxifies heavy metals. is so effective and safe it is also recommended for aqua live reefs. From beta fish to exotics, our treatment is great for all.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - Made in the USA, with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. We are a family-owned business passionate about making wholesome, natural products to keep your beautiful fresh- or sea salt-water fish safer and tanks healthier.
  • Manufacture: Natural Rapport
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 8 inches; 1.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Natural Rapport
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Natural Rapport Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend it."

I've using this for my betta for several years with every water change. I'm amazed, I'm really amazed that this product worked so well. One planted that has algae problem so bad. Ever since I made this purchase, my fish are not dying at all. It didn't kill the fish or cause any problems with the water so I stuck with it. The aquasafe water conditioner is a fantastic de-chlorinator. Pictures included to see the difference.

Overall Score
4.5


(1399 Points)

7. Zoo Med Laboratories SZMWC2 Reptisafe Water Conditioner, 2.25-Ounce

User Ratings: 86 2

Zoo Med 976405 First Impressions

"I am so impressed!"

I've always had a love for fish and had a few tanks when I was younger. By the following morning, the water was clear of algae. However, be aware that the dosage starts at 20 gallons. In my opinion there's nothing better. In the last two months I have seen this product work its gold. This allows the conditioner time for its anti-heavy metal ingredients to work fully. It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories SZMWC2 Reptisafe Water Conditioner, 2.25-Ounce
  • Removes chloramines and Chlorine
  • Detoxifies ammonia and nitrites
  • Fast-acting formula
  • Zoo Med Laboratories Reptisafe Water Conditioner
  • The first instant terrarium water conditioner
  • Great for reptile water bowls, chameleon drip water systems, amphibian enclosures and aquatic turtle tanks
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Item Weight: 0.32 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 976405
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Zoo Med 976405 Final Thoughts

"Did a tank cycle."

I swim 5x week and usually my suits last about 2 months. You need to buy an eye dropper for this. In the last two months I have seen this product work its gold. The bottle will last me years as it is huge! From their own colon or a hole in the ground. It has been 4 days and our beta is loving the clearer water. I'll continue to use this product, especially after a good tank cleaning.

Overall Score
4.7


(1283 Points)

8. Seachem StressGuard Slime Coat Protection - Stress and Toxic Ammonia Reducer 500 ml

User Ratings: 86 1

Seachem 116052306 First Impressions

"Just fly around the tank."

It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish. I'm interested to see how long it works. Now our fish have grown and we've added live plants. Fish possess an antioxidant defense system to reduce the negative effects of ROS. I wanted to see if it would take the chlorine out of my swimsuit. Boy, I thought I was having trouble with my filter. Yes I know, they aren't supposed to live that long and no I can't prove it.

  • Seachem StressGuard Slime Coat Protection - Stress and Toxic Ammonia Reducer 500 ml
  • Premium slime coat protection
  • Promotes healing in wounds
  • Will not coat resins or clog filter
  • Protein active colloids
  • Reduces stress when handling or transporting fish
  • Antiseptic for fish
  • Promotes healing
  • Marine and freshwater
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Part Number: 075435
  • Material: Cotton
  • Item Weight: 1.15 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.4 x 2.3 inches
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Color: Original Version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 116052306
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Seachem 116052306 Final Thoughts

"Suggested buy!"

It's water change day so I did this step first then started cleaning the tank. No exaggeration-- literally cleared overnight. I use in a freshwater aquarium and works well. I'm interested to see how long it works. I have been battling cloudy water in our small aquarium for two months. This is the 5th since I put in the product and my tank is crystal clear. I hope it makes the swimsuit last longer.

Overall Score
4.8


(1277 Points)

9. Fluval Biological Enhancer for Aquariums, 16.9-Ounce

User Ratings: 80 3

Fluval A8351A1 First Impressions

"Wonderful product."

It's water change day so I did this step first then started cleaning the tank. You need to buy an eye dropper for this. If you have new tank syndrome then this is the stuff. From their own colon or a hole in the ground. The bottle will last me years as it is huge! Very good product for an unbelievable price. We use it when we clean& change out water.

  • Fluval Biological Enhancer for Aquariums, 16.9-Ounce
  • Immediately establishes safe biological aquarium environment
  • Powerful responsive ammonia and nitrite elimination
  • Prevents fish loss
  • Allows immediate introduction of fish
  • For Fresh and Saltwater Use
  • All-natural water care – creates a safe biological habitat to prevent fish loss
  • Infused with a powerful team of beneficial bacteria that immediately inoculates aquarium water
  • Extremely effective when setting up a new aquarium or introducing new fish to an existing one
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 6.5 inches; 1.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A8351A1
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Fluval A8351A1 Final Thoughts

"I was getting 30-40 ppm."

I swim 5x week and usually my suits last about 2 months. It is just as good when compared to other brands of conditioner. I have a Fluval tank and only use their chemicals. It's water change day so I did this step first then started cleaning the tank. I could see it working immediately which was pretty wild. However, be aware that the dosage starts at 20 gallons. My water is crystal clear again, and it smells like a healthy fish tank again.

Overall Score
4.7


(1263 Points)

10. DrTim’s Aquatics Freshwater Aquarium Products, 100% Natural Eco-Friendly Fish Tank Cleaner, Clarif...

User Ratings: 66 10

DrTim's Aquatics 014 First Impressions

"I am very pleased."

I decided to pick it up once again and struggled mightily my first few months. I read the instructions, measured out the product, and added it to the tank. I use mine for my beta fish in a 2 gallon tank and need less than a half a cap full. I use mine for my beta fish in a 2 gallon tank and need less than a half a cap full. It has been 4 days and our beta is loving the clearer water. I use in a freshwater aquarium and works well. Ever since I made this purchase, my fish are not dying at all.

  • DrTim’s Aquatics Freshwater Aquarium Products, 100% Natural Eco-Friendly Fish Tank Cleaner, Clarifies Water, Removes Toxin, Hidden Waste, Reduces Organics, Blocks Bacteria and Optimizes Water Quality
  • ULTIMATE SANITIZER FOR FRESHWATER AQUARIUMS: AquaCleanse Tap Water Detoxifier from Dr. Tim’s Aquatics eliminates common chemicals in tap water that can be harmful to fish and corals.
  • DESTROYS CHEMICAL BONDS IN KOI AQUARIA, PONDS, TANKS: Reduce the risk of harmful toxins like ammonia, chlorine, or chloramines, infecting your environments with this powerful fish tank cleaning solution, ideal for new tank setups and water changes.
  • 100% NATURAL, ECO-FRIENDLY FISH TANK CLEANER: There’s no need to wait when filling your freshwater fish tank with tap water. AquaCleanse also works to eliminate odors that stem from tap water in fish tanks and freshwater aquariums.
  • AQUARIUM SUPPLIES YOU NEED: Offer your pet fish and corals an environment in which they can thrive with AquaCleanse for freshwater fish tanks and aquariums. AquaCleanse is available in quantities that include 240, 480, 960, 1920, 3840 and 7680 gallons.
  • HIGH-QUALITY AQUARIUM PRODUCTS: Dr. Tim’s Aquatics offers an expansive line of aquarium products used by professionals and residential customers. Dr. Tim’s Aquatics’ products are backed by scientific evidence and innovative research.
  • Manufacture: DrTim's Aquatics, LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 8 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DrTim's Aquatics 014
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DrTim's Aquatics 014 Final Thoughts

"Great deal!"

No exaggeration-- literally cleared overnight. Use a water conditioner that does not remove ammonia. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners. I've always had a love for fish and had a few tanks when I was younger. When they disinfect a repair site, they are normally only using chlorine. I do not use this as a product to treat my tap water. But the septic tank bacteria did nothing.

Overall Score
4.2


(1155 Points)

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