Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Penn-Plax Aquarium Water Treatments

1. Penn Plax Pro-Carb Activated Carbon Crystals for Aquarium

User Ratings: 66 5

Penn-Plax PBC3M First Impressions

"I was very surprised."

If you're treating injured fins or introducing new fish, this is for you. When they disinfect a repair site, they are normally only using chlorine. I've using this for my betta for several years with every water change. However if you want a stress coat, this is perfect. I hope I made the right decision, Betty is our family pet and is really loved! I was sort of nervous buy this product and trying it out. Don't know if that made a difference but it didn't hurt.

  • Penn Plax Pro-Carb Activated Carbon Crystals for Aquarium
  • Remove toxins, harmful chemicals, and odors from your aquarium’s water with our specially formulated Pro-Carb filter media.
  • Pro-Carb contains laboratory quality, fast acting activated carbon crystals to remove harmful chemicals, odors, and discolorations from aquarium water.
  • Maximizes filter efficiency by helping to remove harmful toxins and ammonia from the aquarium water. Penn-Plax Pro Carb formula will keep your water clear for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Pro Carb  leaves your water looking crystal clear and is safe for use in both fresh and saltwater fish tanks.
  • Included Components: Pro-Carb Activated Carbon Crystals
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 13.25 x 5.2 x 3.25 inches; 4.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax PBC3M
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Penn-Plax PBC3M Final Thoughts

"It will last a long time!"

Fish seem healthy and active during use. My tap water is very heavy and this water conditioner does it's magic. However if you want a stress coat, this is perfect. Sure enough they are back to their healthy coloration and didn't end up dying on me. I use in a freshwater aquarium and works well. Crystal clear after changing water and adding this to my 2. By the following morning, the water was clear of algae.

Overall Score
4.3


(23 Points)

2. Seachem Flourish Excel Bioavailable Carbon

User Ratings: 82 2

Seachem First Impressions

"I LOVE this product."

By the following morning, the water was clear of algae. Very good product for an unbelievable price. It took a couple of days to clear but it works. The top is a measuring tool as well which I was not expecting. If you have a freshwater fish tank, I highly recommend this product. In the morning I awoke with my fish at the bottom barely able to move. I love all of the API products, especially their easy to use test kits.

  • Seachem Flourish Excel Bioavailable Carbon
  • CARBON PRODUCTION: All plants require a source of carbon, and Flourish Excel is a great and convenient source of bioavailable organic carbon.
  • IRON PRODUCTION: Flourish Excel also possesses iron reducing properties, thus promoting the ferrous state of iron (Fe+2), which is more easily utilized by plants than ferric iron (Fe+3).
  • PHOTOSYNTHESIS: Plants must produce longer chain carbon compounds (photosynthetic intermediates). By dosing with Flourish Excel you bypass the involvement of chain carbon compounds, and introduce the already finished, structurally similar compounds.
  • TREATMENT: On initial use or after a major (> 40%) water change, use 1 capful of Flourish Excel (5 mL) for every 40 L (10 US gallons). Thereafter, use 1 capful for every 200 L (50 US gallons) daily or every other day. For smaller dosing please note that each cap thread is approximately 1 mL.
  • SAFETY: Flourish Excel is completely safe for fish, however if you have Anacharis in an aquarium in which you are dosing Flourish Excel, then it is recommended to use it every other day rather than daily.
  • Manufacture: Seachem
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Seachem Final Thoughts

"This product is AMAZING!"

Fish seem healthy and active during use. I've using this for my betta for several years with every water change. I decided to pick it up once again and struggled mightily my first few months. I didn't purchase this for an aquarium. I decided to pick it up once again and struggled mightily my first few months. This only applies to the 1st application. Tim's cultures were obviously very alive and active.

Overall Score
4.7


(3223 Points)

3. Boyd Enterprises ABE16710 Freshwater Vitachem for Aquarium, 16-Ounce

User Ratings: 80 2

Boyd Enterprises VCF16 First Impressions

"My fish kept dying."

I have been battling cloudy water in our small aquarium for two months. DON'T just wait everything will be fine. It only requires 3 drops per gallon you add to your tank. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners. I've using this for my betta for several years with every water change. Use a heater and crank it to 82 degrees again without fish in the tank. Initially this was used as a sample packet came with our aquarium.

  • Boyd Enterprises ABE16710 Freshwater Vitachem for Aquarium, 16-Ounce
  • A complete vitamin supplement
  • Great for Freshwater fish, breeders and inhabitants
  • Intensifies natural colors
  • Promotes increased growth
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Boyd Enterprises
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 2.75 x 7 inches; 1 Pounds
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Boyd Enterprises VCF16 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend!"

I was sort of nervous buy this product and trying it out. By the following morning, the water was clear of algae. This is my go to water conditioner and stressed fish treatment. It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish. It took a couple of days to clear but it works. It is much safer to simply to add 3 drops per gallon. 2nd day kinda noticed a slight change in water.

Overall Score
4.7


(90 Points)

4. DrTim's Aquatics Reef, Nano, Sea Horse Aquaria Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier – for Fish Tanks, ...

User Ratings: 52 16

DrTim's Aquatics 442 First Impressions

"I have six tanks."

Don't know if that made a difference but it didn't hurt. If you have new tank syndrome then this is the stuff. I've had my fishy for 5 years now and I would say it's ALL because of Fluval. If you have new tank syndrome then this is the stuff. Yes I know, they aren't supposed to live that long and no I can't prove it. I recieved it today at 3pm and applied it around 4pm. This product is exactly what it says it is.

  • DrTim's Aquatics Reef, Nano, Sea Horse Aquaria Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier – for Fish Tanks, Aquariums, Disease Treatment – Eco-Friendly Solution to Clear Waters – Removes Toxins – 8 Oz.
  • THE BEST WAY TO SANITIZE A REEF, NANO AND SEA HORSE AQUARIUM: Produce crystal clear water when adding this Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier from DrTim’s Aquatics to your Reef, Nano and Sea Horse fish tanks and aquariums.
  • REMOVES HARMFUL TOXINS FROM REEF, NANO AND SEA HORSE FISH TANKS: The powerful results of this Reef, Nano and Sea Horse Aquaria Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier are well beyond clear, H20 Pure water. Clear-UP adds beneficial bacteria to your fish tanks and flocs small particles from the water that cloud the Reef, Nano and Sea Horse aquarium.
  • 100% NATURAL, ECO-FRIENDLY FISH TANK CLEANER: Opt for an all-natural approach to revitalizing the water in your Reef, Nano and Sea Horse fish tanks and aquariums with this solution that does not include any harmful chemicals or toxins.
  • AQUARIUM SUPPLIES YOU NEED: Offer your pet fish and corals an environment in which they can thrive with this Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier for Reef, Nano and Sea Horse fish tanks and aquariums. One & Only is available in quantities that include 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 ounces.
  • HIGH-QUALITY AQUARIUM PRODUCTS: DrTim’s Aquatics offers an expansive line of aquarium products used by professionals and residential customers. Based on years of experience in marine biology, DrTim’s Aquatics’ products utilize his vast knowledge and are backed by scientific evidence and innovative research.
  • Manufacture: DrTim's Aquatics, LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 1.5 x 6 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DrTim's Aquatics 442
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DrTim's Aquatics 442 Final Thoughts

"I trust them 100%."

Do not gravel vac or disturb the substrate. It has been 4 days and our beta is loving the clearer water. I'm interested to see how long it works. The aquasafe water conditioner is a fantastic de-chlorinator. I'm sold on this, I've tried SO MANY and wow. I have two 36 gallon tanks right now. Ever since I made this purchase, my fish are not dying at all.

Overall Score
3.6


(9 Points)

5. Acurel LLC African Cichlid Salt, Aquarium and Pond Water Treatment, 1-Pound

User Ratings: 62 5

Acurel LLC 6356 First Impressions

"Especially the Soothe."

Boy, I thought I was having trouble with my filter. Makes me want to get more aquarium's, lol. It's water change day so I did this step first then started cleaning the tank. Sure enough they are back to their healthy coloration and didn't end up dying on me. I tried it without the water change and really didn't make a difference. During cycling you will be using often. I've used it for years with great results.

  • Acurel LLC African Cichlid Salt, Aquarium and Pond Water Treatment, 1-Pound
  • Simulates natural environment of the great lakes of Africa
  • Provides best aquarium conditions for African cichlids
  • Stimulates fish to grow faster and larger
  • Promotes intensified color
  • For use in all salt water aquatics
  • Manufacture: Acurel (Loving Pets)
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 8 inches; 5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Acurel LLC 6356
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Acurel LLC 6356 Final Thoughts

"Great deal!"

I swim 5x week and usually my suits last about 2 months. If you have a freshwater fish tank, I highly recommend this product. If you're serious about fish keeping, always quarantine and always use Stress Coat! Pictures included to see the difference. I decant this to a small 5 oz squeeze bottle and leave the rest in the fridge. Fish would die occassionally every few weeks or so. It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish.

Overall Score
4.3


(33 Points)

6. TetraPond Algae Control Treatment For Use With Fish & Plants

User Ratings: 67 9

Tetra Pond 77189 First Impressions

"He was fine in no time."

More doesn't hurt anything, but it's just wasted. You need to buy an eye dropper for this. I do not use this as a product to treat my tap water. The water we get here in SoCal is hard with chlorine in it. This only applies to the 1st application. This water conditioner is a life saver! It only requires 3 drops per gallon you add to your tank.

  • TetraPond Algae Control Treatment For Use With Fish & Plants
  • Controls green water and string algae
  • Use in ponds with plants
  • For algae blooms, string and hair algae, blanket weed
  • Effective at combating algae blooms
  • Controls string and hair algae
  • Controls weed blanket
  • Safe for ornamental plants and fish
  • 8.4 ounces treats up to 3,000 gallons
  • Manufacture: TetraPond
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 5 x 10 inches; 2.24 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra Pond 77189
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Tetra Pond 77189 Final Thoughts

"My fish kept dying."

During cycling you will be using often. I have a Fluval tank and only use their chemicals. If you're treating injured fins or introducing new fish, this is for you. I did water changes, but it didn't help. Dealing with biological cloudiness in my tank for some time. Thanks to the Amazon reviewer who mentioned this! Very good product for an unbelievable price.

Overall Score
4.2


(760 Points)

7. GloFish Water Balance 4 Ounces, Creates Ideal Water Chemistry

User Ratings: 73 4

GloFish AQ-78307 First Impressions

"I trust them 100%."

This allows the conditioner time for its anti-heavy metal ingredients to work fully. It took a couple of days to clear but it works. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners. If you have new tank syndrome then this is the stuff. Initially this was used as a sample packet came with our aquarium. I do not use this as a product to treat my tap water. No observable signs of stress in the fish.

  • GloFish Water Balance 4 Ounces, Creates Ideal Water Chemistry
  • WATER BALANCE: Add two teaspoons per 5 gallons
  • IDEAL CONDITIONS: Helps keep aquarium chemistry stable between extended water changes, reduces harmful fluctuations in pH and lowers nitrates to help create ideal conditions for fish
  • THRIVING FISH: Allows your GloFish fluorescent fish to thrive and display full coloration
  • TREAT/DECHLORINATE ALL TAP WATER: Add once per month to take the guesswork out of aquarium maintenance
  • BRINGING COLOR TO LIFE: GloFish fluorescent fish and products create a complete underwater fluorescent experience
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: GloFish
  • Item Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1.75 x 1.75 x 5 inches
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GloFish AQ-78307 Final Thoughts

"Just measure and pour."

I read the reviews, and decided to give this a try. This allows the conditioner time for its anti-heavy metal ingredients to work fully. The chloramines contain a small amount of ammonia. You need a source of ammonia to feed the bacteria which Dr. The top is a measuring tool as well which I was not expecting. I even poured in extra to help with the healing. Easy to dispense the product without mess and easy to use per instructions.

Overall Score
4.5


(35 Points)

8. Microbe Lift 1-Quart Pond Microbe-Lift TheraP THERAPQ,Black

User Ratings: 76

Microbe Lift THERAPQ First Impressions

"Highly recommend!"

I read the reviews, and decided to give this a try. We use it when we clean& change out water. DON'T just wait everything will be fine. But the septic tank bacteria did nothing. Thanks to the Amazon reviewer who mentioned this! Tim's cultures were obviously very alive and active. Fish are aerobic organisms that are susceptible to ROS.

  • Microbe Lift 1-Quart Pond Microbe-Lift TheraP THERAPQ,Black
  • Provides a natural pond eco-system
  • Improved water quality for use with all ornamental, coldwater, temperate, cyprinids, native and wild species
  • Reduces environmental stress
  • Beneficial when overpopulation exists
  • Compatible with all pond fish, wildlife and other Microbe-Lift products
  • Manufacture: Ecological Labs
  • Item Weight: 2.25 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.6 x 4.2 inches
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Microbe Lift THERAPQ Final Thoughts

"Until this mirical!"

You need to buy an eye dropper for this. DON'T just wait everything will be fine. I've had my fishy for 5 years now and I would say it's ALL because of Fluval. This worked really well for my tank. I have a 5 gallon tank, so that number was waaaay too high for me. 1st day, I put product in tank with Fluval Biological Cleaner for Aquariums also. I have a 5 gallon tank, so that number was waaaay too high for me.

Overall Score
4.8


(13 Points)

9. DrTim's Aquatics Reef, Nano, Sea Horse Aquaria Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier – for Fish Tanks, ...

DrTim's Aquatics 443 First Impressions

"No argument from me."

I know you are going to want to add more chemicals, etc. In my opinion there's nothing better. I use mine for my beta fish in a 2 gallon tank and need less than a half a cap full. Way to go Fluval keep up the good WORK! My tap water is very heavy and this water conditioner does it's magic. Fish possess an antioxidant defense system to reduce the negative effects of ROS. My water is crystal clear like the first day i filled it and i could be happier.

  • DrTim's Aquatics Reef, Nano, Sea Horse Aquaria Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier – for Fish Tanks, Aquariums, Disease Treatment – Eco-Friendly Solution to Clear Waters – Removes Toxins – 16 Oz.
  • THE BEST WAY TO SANITIZE A REEF, NANO AND SEA HORSE AQUARIUM: Produce crystal clear water when adding this Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier from DrTim’s Aquatics to your Reef, Nano and Sea Horse fish tanks and aquariums.
  • REMOVES HARMFUL TOXINS FROM REEF, NANO AND SEA HORSE FISH TANKS: The powerful results of this Reef, Nano and Sea Horse Aquaria Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier are well beyond clear, H20 Pure water. Clear-UP adds beneficial bacteria to your fish tanks and flocs small particles from the water that cloud the Reef, Nano and Sea Horse aquarium.
  • 100% NATURAL, ECO-FRIENDLY FISH TANK CLEANER: Opt for an all-natural approach to revitalizing the water in your Reef, Nano and Sea Horse fish tanks and aquariums with this solution that does not include any harmful chemicals or toxins.
  • AQUARIUM SUPPLIES YOU NEED: Offer your pet fish and corals an environment in which they can thrive with this Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier for Reef, Nano and Sea Horse fish tanks and aquariums. One & Only is available in quantities that include 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 ounces.
  • HIGH-QUALITY AQUARIUM PRODUCTS: DrTim’s Aquatics offers an expansive line of aquarium products used by professionals and residential customers. Based on years of experience in marine biology, DrTim’s Aquatics’ products utilize his vast knowledge and are backed by scientific evidence and innovative research.
  • Manufacture: DrTim's Aquatics, LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 3.75 x 1.9 x 7.5 inches; 1.11 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DrTim's Aquatics 443
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DrTim's Aquatics 443 Final Thoughts

"Does work well!"

I'll continue to use this product, especially after a good tank cleaning. The equation is already done for you if you buy Dr. Its 9pm and the old cloudy water is now crystal clear! My tap water is very heavy and this water conditioner does it's magic. UV light works on it but not much else. In my opinion there's nothing better. You need to buy an eye dropper for this.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

10. Seachem Stability

User Ratings: 65 8

Seachem 129 First Impressions

"Tims bacteria."

This is definitely worth trying if you have cloudy water. You need a source of ammonia to feed the bacteria which Dr. Thanks to the Amazon reviewer who mentioned this! I have two goldfish and a Corydoras catfish. I've used API water conditioner before and it works well. It's water change day so I did this step first then started cleaning the tank. I love it when a product does what its supposed to.

  • Seachem Stability
  • 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 bacterial 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 the 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 Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.88 x 11.5 inches; 9.02 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 129
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Seachem 129 Final Thoughts

"Best money can buy."

More doesn't hurt anything, but it's just wasted. Way to go Fluval keep up the good WORK! In my opinion there's nothing better. It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish. I intend to use this for every aquarium or pond I start. My water was cloudy with a very fine misty haze. One planted that has algae problem so bad.

Overall Score
4.3


(45 Points)

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