Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Zoo Med Aquarium Water Treatments

1. 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
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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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Zoo Med Aquarium Water Treatments

2. REPTISAFE Instant Terrarium Water Conditioner

User Ratings: 83 2

Zoo Med First Impressions

"New tank syndrome."

I have used this consistently since cycling my small sized fresh-water tank. It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish. I had a parasite problem, and had to heal my fishes scales and fins. If you have a freshwater fish tank, I highly recommend this product. The top is a measuring tool as well which I was not expecting. I've used it for years with great results. Way to go Fluval keep up the good WORK!

  • REPTISAFE Instant Terrarium Water Conditioner
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches; 1.13 Ounces
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Zoo Med Final Thoughts

"Would I buy this again."

Fish would die occassionally every few weeks or so. Initially this was used as a sample packet came with our aquarium. During cycling you will be using often. It is much safer to simply to add 3 drops per gallon. Fish possess an antioxidant defense system to reduce the negative effects of ROS. I recieved it today at 3pm and applied it around 4pm. But the septic tank bacteria did nothing.

Overall Score
4.7


(568 Points)

3. Zoo Med ReptiSafe Water Conditioner, 64 oz

User Ratings: 86 2

Zoo Med WC64 First Impressions

"Well, I have a betta."

My tap water is very heavy and this water conditioner does it's magic. I have a great pump and uv light but still had cloudy-ish water. My filter including polishing element could not clear it up. This is my go to water conditioner and stressed fish treatment. Do not clean the filters, do not change the filters. I have a 5 gallon tank, so that number was waaaay too high for me. However, be aware that the dosage starts at 20 gallons.

  • Zoo Med ReptiSafe Water Conditioner, 64 oz
  • Removes chlorines and chloramines instantly
  • Removes heavy metals
  • Stimulates natural slime coat
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.3 x 3.7 inches; 4.75 Pounds
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Zoo Med WC64 Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend it."

Dunkin, my Betta doesn't seem to stress out over my adding this. I have used this consistently since cycling my small sized fresh-water tank. Do not clean the filters, do not change the filters. I've had my fishy for 5 years now and I would say it's ALL because of Fluval. The aquasafe water conditioner is a fantastic de-chlorinator. It's an All Natural Product with out of this world results. I have a Fluval tank and only use their chemicals.

Overall Score
4.8


(446 Points)

4. Fritz Aquatics FritzZyme Monster 360 Concentrated Biological Conditioner for Fresh Water Aquariums

User Ratings: 71 3

Fritz Aquatics 75032 First Impressions

"It will last a long time!"

This allows the conditioner time for its anti-heavy metal ingredients to work fully. Dunkin, my Betta doesn't seem to stress out over my adding this. The chloramines contain a small amount of ammonia. I recieved it today at 3pm and applied it around 4pm. My filter including polishing element could not clear it up. I do not use this as a product to treat my tap water. This water conditioner is a life saver!

  • Fritz Aquatics FritzZyme Monster 360 Concentrated Biological Conditioner for Fresh Water Aquariums
  • Concentrated Biological Aquarium Cleaner for Fresh Water
  • Promotes a Clean, Clear and Healthy Aquarium
  • Eliminates Foul Odors and Improves Water Clarity
  • Bacteria Rapidly Digest Waste
  • Reduces and Simplifies Maintenance
  • Manufacture: Fritz Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 3.25 x 3.25 inches; 2.2 Pounds
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Fritz Aquatics 75032 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

You need a source of ammonia to feed the bacteria which Dr. It is much safer to simply to add 3 drops per gallon. 1st day, I put product in tank with Fluval Biological Cleaner for Aquariums also. During cycling you will be using often. Dunkin, my Betta doesn't seem to stress out over my adding this. It just hasn't helped with the tint. If you have a freshwater fish tank, I highly recommend this product.

Overall Score
4.6


(71 Points)

5. Algone Aquarium Water Clarifier and Nitrate Remover, 6 Filter Pouches

Algone 1001 First Impressions

"They eat and poop a lot."

The equation is already done for you if you buy Dr. This water conditioner is a life saver! I've used every product on the market and this is the most AMAZING MUST HAVE PRODUCT! I have two 36 gallon tanks right now. The aquasafe works instantly upon mixing with tap water. She seems ok with it she is behaving like herself. She seems ok with it she is behaving like herself.

  • Algone Aquarium Water Clarifier and Nitrate Remover, 6 Filter Pouches
  • Creates crystal-clear water
  • Safe for aquatic plants
  • Clears cloudy water
  • Clears green water
  • Treats 330 gallons
  • Manufacture: Algone
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.7 x 3.6 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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Algone 1001 Final Thoughts

"They eat and poop a lot."

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. It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish. You have to understand when to use this product, and what is is used for. Very good product for an unbelievable price. Way to go Fluval keep up the good WORK! However if you want a stress coat, this is perfect.

Overall Score
4.2


(679 Points)

6. DrTim's Aquatics Saltwater Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier – for Fish Tanks, Aquariums, Water Fil...

User Ratings: 47

DrTim's Aquatics 243 First Impressions

"Wow my tank is so clear."

I've using this for my betta for several years with every water change. My water was cloudy with a very fine misty haze. 4-5 squirts in a sink of water, soak my suit 10 min, wring out and hang to dry. 2nd day kinda noticed a slight change in water. The equation is already done for you if you buy Dr. However if you want a stress coat, this is perfect. This worked really well for my tank.

  • DrTim's Aquatics Saltwater Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier – for Fish Tanks, Aquariums, Water Filtering, Disease Treatment – Eco-Friendly Solution to Clear Waters – Removes Toxins – 16 Oz.
  • THE BEST WAY TO SANITIZE A SALTWATER AQUARIUM: Produce crystal clear water when adding this Saltwater Clear-UP Natural Water Clarifier from DrTim’s Aquatics to your Saltwater fish tanks and aquariums.
  • REMOVES HARMFUL TOXINS FROM SALTWATER FISH TANKS: The powerful results of this Saltwater 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 Saltwater aquarium.
  • 100% NATURAL, ECO-FRIENDLY FISH TANK CLEANER: Opt for an all-natural approach to revitalizing the water in your Saltwater 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 Saltwater fish tanks and aquariums. Saltwater 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; 15.2 Ounces
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DrTim's Aquatics 243 Final Thoughts

"No worry fish care!"

I use in a freshwater aquarium and works well. I have a Fluval tank and only use their chemicals. The reviews on people fish dying really spooked me. It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish. I recieved it today at 3pm and applied it around 4pm. The water we get here in SoCal is hard with chlorine in it. Pictures included to see the difference.

Overall Score
3.7


(5 Points)

7. 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)

8. API Betta Water Betta Fish Freshwater Aquarium Ready to Use Water, No Aquarium Water Conditioner Nee...

User Ratings: 80 5

API 94Q First Impressions

"Highly recommended."

It took a couple of days to clear but it works. In my opinion there's nothing better. We use it when we clean& change out water. The aquasafe works instantly upon mixing with tap water. I love all of the API products, especially their easy to use test kits. It didn't kill the fish or cause any problems with the water so I stuck with it. This will give you how many drops is required per gallon.

  • API Betta Water Betta Fish Freshwater Aquarium Ready to Use Water, No Aquarium Water Conditioner Needed, 31-Ounce Bottle
  • Contains one (1) API BETTA WATER Betta Fish Freshwater Aquarium Ready to Use Water Treatment 31-Ounce Bottle
  • Pre-conditioned water is ready to use with no extra preparation or waiting time needed
  • Pour in the BETTA WATER and add your Betta fish instantly
  • Water is pH balanced, contains no chlorine or chloramines or heavy metals, has low mineral content, and is ammonia free
  • Use when starting a new Betta bowl or aquarium and when changing water
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 8.5 inches; 2.2 Pounds
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API 94Q Final Thoughts

"A clean needle works too."

If you're treating injured fins or introducing new fish, this is for you. From their own colon or a hole in the ground. I recieved it today at 3pm and applied it around 4pm. I hope it makes the swimsuit last longer. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners. She seems ok with it she is behaving like herself. I have two 36 gallon tanks right now.

Overall Score
4.6


(338 Points)

9. Tetra AquaSafe Plus Water Conditioner/Dechlorinator

User Ratings: 82 1

Tetra 16268 First Impressions

"Mostly for betta's."

It is much safer to simply to add 3 drops per gallon. You need a source of ammonia to feed the bacteria which Dr. API Stress Coat is a phenomenal product. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners. Just an idea incase someone doesn't have a spare dropper. Thanks to the Amazon reviewer who mentioned this! Way to go Fluval keep up the good WORK!

  • Tetra AquaSafe Plus Water Conditioner/Dechlorinator
  • FOR FRESHWATER AND MARINE aquariumS: Tetra AquaSafe Plus works instantly to make tap water safe for fish.
  • ADVANCED FORMULA: Neutralizes or removes harmful chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals.
  • PROTECTS FISH: Enhances protective slime coat to help wounds heal.
  • CLEAR AND HEALTHY WATER: With natural biopolymers and essential vitamins and minerals.
  • WATER CONDITIONER: Use when setting up a new aquarium, with monthly partial water changes, or evaporation replacement.
  • NEW LOOK: Packaging may vary
  • The added ingredients help to reduce aquarium pollution
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 6.75 inches; 11.36 Ounces
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Tetra 16268 Final Thoughts

"No odor or discoloration."

In my opinion there's nothing better. Crystal clear after changing water and adding this to my 2. This product is exactly what it says it is. The water we get here in SoCal is hard with chlorine in it. I like API products and this is no different. My water was cloudy with a very fine misty haze. The chloramines contain a small amount of ammonia.

Overall Score
4.7


(1193 Points)

10. Brightwell Aquatics Microbacter Start XLM - Live Bacteria Culture to Establish Biological Filtration...

User Ratings: 78 6

Brightwell Aquatics BACSTARTXLM2L First Impressions

"Give it a shot."

I could see it working immediately which was pretty wild. Boy, I thought I was having trouble with my filter. 1st day, I put product in tank with Fluval Biological Cleaner for Aquariums also. He started making bubble nests again which ne never did when it was super cloudy. 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. It has been 4 days and our beta is loving the clearer water.

  • Brightwell Aquatics Microbacter Start XLM - Live Bacteria Culture to Establish Biological Filtration and Nitrification in Saltwater Marine Reef Aquariums
  • Super concentrated 15x suspension of live non-pathogenic microbes, specifically formulated to extremely rapidly establish biological filtration in new aquarium set-ups, and to enhance the rate of nitrification in existing systems.
  • Useful for rapidly re-establishing nitrification bacteria in case of an emergency.
  • Particularly useful in aquaria with high population densities and when adding new fish.
  • Helpful to re-establish nitrifying bacteria after cleaning rocks and surfaces and after use of medications. 1. Rapid reduction of ammonia, and nitrite. 2. Prevents “new Tank syndrome. ”
  • Supplied in a proprietary base which provides for maximum longevity.
  • Manufacture: Brightwell Aquatics
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Brightwell Aquatics BACSTARTXLM2L Final Thoughts

"I love this stuff!"

I do not use this as a product to treat my tap water. It's water change day so I did this step first then started cleaning the tank. This is only temporary till I get a spare dropper. I'm hoping this one works out if not I'm sticking to the one I used before. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners. I read the reviews, and decided to give this a try. Use a water conditioner that does not remove ammonia.

Overall Score
4.5


(134 Points)

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