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. Boyd Enterprises ABE16708 Freshwater Vitachem for Aquarium, 4-Ounce

User Ratings: 80 3

Boyd Enterprises VCF04 First Impressions

"Crystal clear in fact."

I used to use AmQuel years ago and then spent years out of the aquarium hobby. Do not gravel vac or disturb the substrate. I've used every product on the market and this is the most AMAZING MUST HAVE PRODUCT! I love all of the API products, especially their easy to use test kits. Easy to dispense the product without mess and easy to use per instructions. My water is crystal clear like the first day i filled it and i could be happier. One planted that has algae problem so bad.

  • Boyd Enterprises ABE16708 Freshwater Vitachem for Aquarium, 4-Ounce
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • Package Width: 4.572 Centimeters
  • Package Height: 10.16 Centimeters
  • Package Length: 3.048 Centimeters
  • Manufacture: Boyd Enterprises
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 4 inches; 5 Ounces
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Boyd Enterprises VCF04 Final Thoughts

"Never works."

The equation is already done for you if you buy Dr. I do not use this as a product to treat my tap water. More doesn't hurt anything, but it's just wasted. This product is exactly what it says it is. I use mine for my beta fish in a 2 gallon tank and need less than a half a cap full. I have been battling cloudy water in our small aquarium for two months. The aquasafe works instantly upon mixing with tap water.

Overall Score
4.6


(491 Points)

5. API Turtle Products: Sludge Remover to Clean Aquarium, Water Conditioner to Make Tap Water Safe for ...

User Ratings: 76 2

API 440D First Impressions

"Thank you!"

My water was cloudy with a very fine misty haze. This allows the conditioner time for its anti-heavy metal ingredients to work fully. I have two goldfish and a Corydoras catfish. I did water changes, but it didn't help. He started making bubble nests again which ne never did when it was super cloudy. However, be aware that the dosage starts at 20 gallons. I like that it's a large bottle with multiple uses, so that's nice.

  • API Turtle Products: Sludge Remover to Clean Aquarium, Water Conditioner to Make Tap Water Safe for Turtles, TURTLEFIX Remedy to treat bacterial infections and repair damaged tissue
  • Contains one (1) API TURTLE WATER CONDITIONER Water Conditioner 8-Ounce Bottle
  • Made in the US
  • Package weight : 0.65 pounds
  • Package dimensions : 1.75 inches (H) x 1.75 inches (L) x 7.5 inches (W)
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 7.5 inches; 10.4 Ounces
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API 440D Final Thoughts

"In my other tank a 5."

The chloramines contain a small amount of ammonia. The reviews on people fish dying really spooked me. If you're treating injured fins or introducing new fish, this is for you. No observable signs of stress in the fish. I decant this to a small 5 oz squeeze bottle and leave the rest in the fridge. I'm sold on this, I've tried SO MANY and wow. I have a great pump and uv light but still had cloudy-ish water.

Overall Score
4.6


(3696 Points)

6. Seachem 2 Bottles of Stability, 16.9 Fluid Ounces, for Marine and Freshwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 91 2

Seachem First Impressions

"Great deal!"

Dealing with biological cloudiness in my tank for some time. This will give you how many drops is required per gallon. It has been 4 days and our beta is loving the clearer water. From their own colon or a hole in the ground. If either or both ammonia and Nitrite are above 1ppm do not add ammonia. When they disinfect a repair site, they are normally only using chlorine. If you have new tank syndrome then this is the stuff.

  • Seachem 2 Bottles of Stability, 16.9 Fluid Ounces, for Marine and Freshwater Aquariums
  • Superior tank starter
  • Can't overdose
  • Fresh and saltwater use
  • Manufacture: Seachem
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 4.72 x 8.66 inches; 2.4 Pounds
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Seachem Final Thoughts

"This stuff really works."

More doesn't hurt anything, but it's just wasted. Dunkin, my Betta doesn't seem to stress out over my adding this. I'm sold on this, I've tried SO MANY and wow. I used to use AmQuel years ago and then spent years out of the aquarium hobby. The aquasafe works instantly upon mixing with tap water. I finally gave in and purchased this product. I know you are going to want to add more chemicals, etc.

Overall Score
4.8


(169 Points)

7. Ruby Reef ARR11143 Hydroplex Aquarium Water Treatment, 16-Ounce

User Ratings: 65 13

Ruby Reef Inc 685759111438 First Impressions

"I highly recommend this."

The aquasafe works instantly upon mixing with tap water. Don't know if that made a difference but it didn't hurt. I've used API water conditioner before and it works well. API Stress Coat is a phenomenal product. We use it when we clean& change out water. Fish possess an antioxidant defense system to reduce the negative effects of ROS. Fish possess an antioxidant defense system to reduce the negative effects of ROS.

  • Ruby Reef ARR11143 Hydroplex Aquarium Water Treatment, 16-Ounce
  • HydroPlex is a scientifically developed copper free, antibiotic free, broad spectrum water treatment
  • It is effective for the control of parasites and microscopic organisms found in aquaria and ornamental ponds
  • HydroPlex contains a unique blend of trade secret anti-microbial formulations available to the hobby industry exclusively through Ruby Reef
  • These formulations are widely used in over-the-counter health care products and in a broad range of cosmetics and beauty aids
  • Available in 16-ounce refill
  • Manufacture: Phillips Feed & Pet Supply Natural Balance
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 2.3 x 2 inches; 1 Pounds
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Ruby Reef Inc 685759111438 Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend this."

I'm interested to see how long it works. I didn't purchase this for an aquarium. I intend to use this for every aquarium or pond I start. This only applies to the 1st application. It has been 4 days and our beta is loving the clearer water. Don't know if that made a difference but it didn't hurt. I have a Fluval tank and only use their chemicals.

Overall Score
4.0


(11 Points)

8. Tetra Cleaning Bacteria for Clean Aquariums & Healthy Water

User Ratings: 74 3

Tetra 77997 First Impressions

"It will last a long time!"

It's a must for anyone who loves Goldfish. Tim's cultures were obviously very alive and active. This only applies to the 1st application. I tried it without the water change and really didn't make a difference. I could see it working immediately which was pretty wild. Tim's cultures were obviously very alive and active. This allows the conditioner time for its anti-heavy metal ingredients to work fully.

  • Tetra Cleaning Bacteria for Clean Aquariums & Healthy Water
  • BENEFICIAL BACTERIAL BLEND: Replenishes beneficial bacteria to help filter pollutants in aquarium water.
  • BIOLOGICAL BALANCE: Works to keep your aquarium healthy and biologically balanced.
  • FOR SUPERCHARGED FILTRATION: Cleans gravel and removes sludge and ammonia.
  • CONVENIENT: Use the cap to measure and dose.
  • USAGE: Use monthly, or when setting up a new aquarium, after a water or filter change, or when adding new fish to ensure healthy water conditions.
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.18 x 3.25 x 5.5 inches; 4 Ounces
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Tetra 77997 Final Thoughts

"Until this mirical!"

I have a 5 gallon tank, so that number was waaaay too high for me. Initially this was used as a sample packet came with our aquarium. If you're serious about fish keeping, always quarantine and always use Stress Coat! It gets rid of the chlorine in tap water. Fish would die occassionally every few weeks or so. I use mine for my beta fish in a 2 gallon tank and need less than a half a cap full. I read the reviews, and decided to give this a try.

Overall Score
4.5


(499 Points)

9. biOrb Green Water Clarifier Service Kit

User Ratings: 71 4

biOrb 46018 First Impressions

"Pet Smart knows nothing."

No exaggeration-- literally cleared overnight. I've always had a love for fish and had a few tanks when I was younger. This is definitely worth trying if you have cloudy water. I'm hoping this one works out if not I'm sticking to the one I used before. No observable signs of stress in the fish. However, be aware that the dosage starts at 20 gallons. I do have the aforementioned uv light working on it.

  • biOrb Green Water Clarifier Service Kit
  • A true “one size fits all” filter for the biOrb aquariums
  • Includes acrylic safe cleaning pad to remove build up with ease
  • All natural, non-toxic water treatments included
  • Manufacture: biOrb
  • Product Dimensions: 4.75 x 1.77 x 7.5 inches; 3.88 Ounces
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biOrb 46018 Final Thoughts

"Then go for it."

My filter including polishing element could not clear it up. If you're treating injured fins or introducing new fish, this is for you. I recieved it today at 3pm and applied it around 4pm. Way to go Fluval keep up the good WORK! It's an All Natural Product with out of this world results. The water we get here in SoCal is hard with chlorine in it. By the following morning, the water was clear of algae.

Overall Score
4.5


(264 Points)

10. 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)

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