Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Unknown Aquarium Water Treatments

1. Potassium Permanganate Live Fish Disinfect Aquariums Clean Water Treatments 10 30 50 70 90 110 G.

User Ratings: 81 6

Unknown First Impressions

"I was getting 30-40 ppm."

It only requires 3 drops per gallon you add to your tank. I have two 36 gallon tanks right now. Use a heater and crank it to 82 degrees again without fish in the tank. This is the 5th since I put in the product and my tank is crystal clear. 1st day, I put product in tank with Fluval Biological Cleaner for Aquariums also. Fish would die occassionally every few weeks or so. I have been using API on his suits for 3 weeks now and so far so good.

  • Potassium Permanganate Live Fish Disinfect Aquariums Clean Water Treatments 10 30 50 70 90 110 G.
  • 99.8% Purity Potassium Permanganate.
  • contained in zipper bags as well.
  • you can choose 10 30 50 70 90 110 grams per orders.
  • Used to clean the aquarium, fish pond or tank fish.
  • Manufacture: Thailand
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Unknown Final Thoughts

"I trust them 100%."

I intend to use this for every aquarium or pond I start. I have been using API on his suits for 3 weeks now and so far so good. The top is a measuring tool as well which I was not expecting. I like that it's a large bottle with multiple uses, so that's nice. This is only temporary till I get a spare dropper. I've had my fishy for 5 years now and I would say it's ALL because of Fluval. I recieved it today at 3pm and applied it around 4pm.

Overall Score
4.5


(81 Points)

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

DrTim's Aquatics 444 First Impressions

"5 stars all the way!"

It just hasn't helped with the tint. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners. This is my go to water conditioner and stressed fish treatment. When they disinfect a repair site, they are normally only using chlorine. In the morning I awoke with my fish at the bottom barely able to move. Fish possess an antioxidant defense system to reduce the negative effects of ROS. I've used every product on the market and this is the most AMAZING MUST HAVE PRODUCT!

  • 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 – 32 Oz. (444)
  • 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.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: DrTim's Aquatics, LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 8 inches; 2 Pounds
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DrTim's Aquatics 444 Final Thoughts

"Then go for it."

Just an idea incase someone doesn't have a spare dropper. Fish seem healthy and active during use. I read another review for this product saying they were using API for this purpose. It only requires 3 drops per gallon you add to your tank. Very good product for an unbelievable price. You need a source of ammonia to feed the bacteria which Dr. I've used it for years with great results.

Overall Score
3.0


(1 Points)

3. Tetra AlgaeControl Water Treatments, 3.38-Fluid Ounce

User Ratings: 65 8

Tetra 77184 First Impressions

"I've cycled a 5."

One planted that has algae problem so bad. 4-5 squirts in a sink of water, soak my suit 10 min, wring out and hang to dry. I have used this consistently since cycling my small sized fresh-water tank. I'm sold on this, I've tried SO MANY and wow. I have had aquariums for 40 years and have always used their product Cycle. Do not gravel vac or disturb the substrate. I have a Fluval tank and only use their chemicals.

  • Tetra AlgaeControl Water Treatments, 3.38-Fluid Ounce
  • age_range_description: All ages
  • Item Package Height: 4.75
  • Item Package Length: 1.25
  • Item Package Width: 2.25
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.25 x 2.25 x 4.75 inches; 4 Ounces
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Tetra 77184 Final Thoughts

"And it did."

This is only temporary till I get a spare dropper. However, be aware that the dosage starts at 20 gallons. By the following morning, the water was clear of algae. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners. The reviews on people fish dying really spooked me. I like API products and this is no different. It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish.

Overall Score
4.2


(1920 Points)

4. API AQUARIUM START UP PACK Water Conditioner 1.25-Ounce Bottle 2-Pack

User Ratings: 76 2

API 84E First Impressions

"I LOVE this product."

Tim's cultures were obviously very alive and active. I have been battling cloudy water in our small aquarium for two months. I decant this to a small 5 oz squeeze bottle and leave the rest in the fridge. I decant this to a small 5 oz squeeze bottle and leave the rest in the fridge. 1st day, I put product in tank with Fluval Biological Cleaner for Aquariums also. Fish seem healthy and active during use. I swim 5x week and usually my suits last about 2 months.

  • API AQUARIUM START UP PACK Water Conditioner 1.25-Ounce Bottle 2-Pack
  • Contains one (1) API AQUARIUM START UP PACK Water Conditioner 1.25-Ounce Bottle 2-Pack
  • Makes tap water safe for fish and reduces fish stress.
  • Starts aquarium cycle and allows instant addition of fish.
  • Comes with two API products, STRESS COAT and QUICK START, for a healthy start-up aquarium.
  • Use when starting a new aquarium, changing water, or adding fish. Add STRESS COAT first and then QUICK START.
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 4.88 x 1.19 x 6.38 inches; 3.2 Ounces
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API 84E Final Thoughts

"Good luck, Dr."

My filter including polishing element could not clear it up. The bottle will last me years as it is huge! She seems ok with it she is behaving like herself. I did water changes, but it didn't help. However, be aware that the dosage starts at 20 gallons. The difference is that he was going twice his normal speed. I decant this to a small 5 oz squeeze bottle and leave the rest in the fridge.

Overall Score
4.6


(644 Points)

5. API CO2 Booster

User Ratings: 70 3

API 579C First Impressions

"It will last a long time!"

I finally gave in and purchased this product. The equation is already done for you if you buy Dr. However, be aware that the dosage starts at 20 gallons. This is only temporary till I get a spare dropper. 1st day, I put product in tank with Fluval Biological Cleaner for Aquariums also. This water conditioner is a life saver! Ever since I made this purchase, my fish are not dying at all.

  • API CO2 Booster
  • Contains one (1) API CO2 BOOSTER Freshwater Aquarium Plant Treatment 8-Ounce Bottle
  • Promotes plant growth in freshwater aquariums
  • Adds essential carbon in a form plants can absorb from the water
  • Can be used alone or with a CO2 system without altering aquarium pH levels
  • Use daily in order to ensure lush, vibrant aquarium plants
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 8 inches; 1 Pounds
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API 579C Final Thoughts

"A MUST BUY!"

1st day, I put product in tank with Fluval Biological Cleaner for Aquariums also. I use in a freshwater aquarium and works well. My filter including polishing element could not clear it up. She seems ok with it she is behaving like herself. Just an idea incase someone doesn't have a spare dropper. This product is exactly what it says it is. I have a 5 gallon tank, so that number was waaaay too high for me.

Overall Score
4.5


(141 Points)

6. Seachem Flourish Freshwater Plant Supplement

User Ratings: 78 2

Seachem 116051606 First Impressions

"No argument from me."

I've used every product on the market and this is the most AMAZING MUST HAVE PRODUCT! This is my absolute favorite conditioner I have used for all my aquatic creatures. I even poured in extra to help with the healing. I swim 5x week and usually my suits last about 2 months. My filter including polishing element could not clear it up. I've used it for years with great results. 2nd day kinda noticed a slight change in water.

  • Seachem Flourish Freshwater Plant Supplement
  • SUPPLEMENT: Seachem Flourish is a comprehensive plant supplement for the natural freshwater aquarium, containing a rich assortment of important micro elements, trace elements and other nutrients.
  • ELEMENTS: In order to benefit your aquatic plants and help your freshwater environment thrive, Seachem Flourish contains calcium, magnesium, iron, and other important elements.
  • WATER TREATMENT: For best results, use 1 capful (5 mL) of Flourish for each 250 L (60 US gallons) once or twice a week. For smaller doses, please note that each cap thread is approximately 1 mL. Refrigeration is recommended 3 months after opening.
  • SOLUTION COLOR: It is normal for the color of Seachem’s Flourish to vary by batch as the solution color is dependent on the temperature at which the product was blended. This variation in color is of no consequence to the function of Flourish.
  • SAFETY: Seachem Flourish is safe to use for invertebrates such as shrimp, but is designed to be used in conjunction with other macro and micro-nutrient supplements in aquariums only.
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches; 8.82 Ounces
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Seachem 116051606 Final Thoughts

"It was a viscous cycle."

I've always had a love for fish and had a few tanks when I was younger. I have a 5 gallon tank, so that number was waaaay too high for me. The live plants even looked like I just bought them. I decided to pick it up once again and struggled mightily my first few months. Initially this was used as a sample packet came with our aquarium. The difference is that he was going twice his normal speed. The afternoon I received this product I added half a dose to each aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6


(3034 Points)

7. Max Water 6 Stage Reef Aquarium Reverse Osmosis System/Reverse Osmosis System/RO Water Filtration Sy...

User Ratings: 86

Max Water First Impressions

"No odor or discoloration."

I have a Fluval tank and only use their chemicals. The water we get here in SoCal is hard with chlorine in it. I read the reviews, and decided to give this a try. I do have the aforementioned uv light working on it. I wanted to see if it would take the chlorine out of my swimsuit. Makes me want to get more aquarium's, lol. Pictures included to see the difference.

  • Max Water 6 Stage Reef Aquarium Reverse Osmosis System/Reverse Osmosis System/RO Water Filtration System/RO Water Purifier 75 GPD RODI System + HM Inline TDS Meter
  • Waste Ratio 1 RO : 2 Waste , Pressure Gauge, No Power Required
  • Removes 92% - 98% of contamination from the incoming water
  • Operational water pressure 45 to 75 PSI City water.
  • For well water supply; please add a booster pump even if your pressure set between 50 to 70 PSI
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warrant, Manufactured in Canada
  • Protects the RO Membrane from dogging with three stages: Polypropylene Sediment, Granular Activated Carbon (GAC), and Carbon Block (CTO) filters.
  • The semipermeable RO Membrane is the main filter of the system and removes up to 99% of contaminants from the pre-filtered water.
  • Manufacture: Max Water
  • Part Number: BEE7667B-8112-4EFE-8795-05047080C375
  • Item Weight: 33 pounds
  • Color: Clear
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Max Water Final Thoughts

"No argument from me."

I have a great pump and uv light but still had cloudy-ish water. If you have new tank syndrome then this is the stuff. I love all of the API products, especially their easy to use test kits. I've had my fishy for 5 years now and I would say it's ALL because of Fluval. I hope it makes the swimsuit last longer. 1st day, I put product in tank with Fluval Biological Cleaner for Aquariums also. No observable signs of stress in the fish.

Overall Score
4.9


(4 Points)

8. Jungle Start Right Complete Water Conditioner

User Ratings: 87 1

Jungle NL064W First Impressions

"Really good product!"

If you have a freshwater fish tank, I highly recommend this product. He started making bubble nests again which ne never did when it was super cloudy. We use it when we clean& change out water. Just an idea incase someone doesn't have a spare dropper. I used to use AmQuel years ago and then spent years out of the aquarium hobby. It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish. However, be aware that the dosage starts at 20 gallons.

  • Jungle Start Right Complete Water Conditioner
  • Complete Water Conditioner With Soothing Aloe
  • In addition
  • Start Right with aloe vera leaves aquariums clean and clear with no deposits or residue around plants or filters
  • For Freshwater and Saltwater
  • Manufacture: Jungle
  • Product Dimensions: 0.75 x 2 x 3.38 inches; 0.8 Ounces
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Jungle NL064W Final Thoughts

"Highly recommended."

Fish possess an antioxidant defense system to reduce the negative effects of ROS. This will give you how many drops is required per gallon. My fish didn't appear negatively effected by it either. I have been using API on his suits for 3 weeks now and so far so good. UV light works on it but not much else. If you have new tank syndrome then this is the stuff. From their own colon or a hole in the ground.

Overall Score
4.8


(283 Points)

9. API TAP Water Conditioner, Instantly neutralizes Chlorine, chloramines and Other Chemicals to Make t...

User Ratings: 83 2

API 52C First Impressions

"A MUST BUY!"

Use a heater and crank it to 82 degrees again without fish in the tank. It is just as good when compared to other brands of conditioner. Dealing with biological cloudiness in my tank for some time. More doesn't hurt anything, but it's just wasted. If you have new tank syndrome then this is the stuff. I have a 5 gallon tank, so that number was waaaay too high for me. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners.

  • API TAP Water Conditioner, Instantly neutralizes Chlorine, chloramines and Other Chemicals to Make tap Water Safe for Fish, Highly Concentrated, Use When Adding or Changing Water and When Adding Fish
  • Contains one (1) API TAP WATER CONDITIONER Aquarium Water Conditioner 16-Ounce Bottle
  • Neutralizes chlorine, chloramines and other chemicals to make tap water safe for fish
  • Prevents tap water chemicals from causing gill destruction, tissue irritation and fish death
  • Super strength, high concentration formula
  • Use when adding or changing water and when adding new fish to freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 8.75 inches; 1.2 Pounds
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API 52C Final Thoughts

"Mostly for betta's."

My water is crystal clear again, and it smells like a healthy fish tank again. I recieved it today at 3pm and applied it around 4pm. Boy, I thought I was having trouble with my filter. It only requires 3 drops per gallon you add to your tank. Crystal clear after changing water and adding this to my 2. You have to understand when to use this product, and what is is used for. This product is exactly what it says it is.

Overall Score
4.7


(8131 Points)

10. Loving Pets Acurel F Water Clarifier 25ml-Treats 265 Gallons

User Ratings: 77 6

Loving Pets F25 First Impressions

"I have a small 2."

I like API products and this is no different. I have a 5 gallon tank, so that number was waaaay too high for me. My water is crystal clear again, and it smells like a healthy fish tank again. I used to use AmQuel years ago and then spent years out of the aquarium hobby. I have two 36 gallon tanks right now. This allows the conditioner time for its anti-heavy metal ingredients to work fully. I love it when a product does what its supposed to.

  • Loving Pets Acurel F Water Clarifier 25ml-Treats 265 Gallons
  • Manufacture: Loving Pets
  • Item Weight: 0.81 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.5 x 7 inches
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Loving Pets F25 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommended."

Tim's cultures were obviously very alive and active. Dealing with biological cloudiness in my tank for some time. I hope it makes the swimsuit last longer. I have been battling cloudy water in our small aquarium for two months. It's water change day so I did this step first then started cleaning the tank. I've used API water conditioner before and it works well. I'm sold on this, I've tried SO MANY and wow.

Overall Score
4.5


(26 Points)

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