A paramount factor in the proper maintenance of an aquarium is the dilution of accumulated waste by scheduled water changes. This requires the removal of chlorine or chloramine or both from the new water. With the advent of chloramine, thiosulfate has proven inadequate, causing the release of ammonia. At acid or neutral pH, this is not of serious consequence. However, at alkaline pH it can be devastating, particularly if the tap water is heavily treated with chloramines.
alpha™ is a concentrated conditioner for saltwater. It is 50% more active than our Prime® and 375% more active than the next closest competitor. alpha™ removes chlorine, chloramine and ammonia. It converts ammonia into a safe, non-toxic form that is readily utilized by beneficial bacteria and reef inhabitants such as clams. alpha™ may be used during tank cycling to alleviate ammonia/nitrite toxicity. alpha™ detoxifies nitrite and nitrate, allowing the biofilter to more efficiently remove them. alpha™ also promotes the production and regeneration of the natural slime coat on fish. alpha™ is non-acidic and will not impact pH, nor will it over activate skimmers. Use at start-up and whenever adding or replacing water.
Sizes: 150 mL, 350 mL, 1 L, 4 L
Use 5 mL for every 300 L (75 US gallons). This removes approximately 1 mg/L ammonia, 4 mg/L chloramine, or 5 mg/L chlorine. May be added to aquarium directly, but better if added to new water first. If adding directly to aquarium, base dose on aquarium volume. Sulfur odor is normal. For exceptionally high chloramine concentrations, a double dose may be used safely. To detoxify nitrite in an emergency, up to 5x times normal dose may be used. If temperature is >30°C (86°F) and chlorine or ammonia levels are low, use a half dose.
Is alpha simply repackaged Prime®
A: No, alpha™ uses a similar, but different formulation and is 50% more reactive than Prime® and just as safe. We've also managed to reduce Prime's™ signature sulfur odor.
Can alpha also be used in freshwater environments?
A: Yes, alpha can be used in both freshwater and marine environments.
Why would someone need a de-chlorinator for a reef system? I thought everyone used RO water?
A: There are many situations in which a de-chlorinator may become necessary even when RO water is used. If the RO unit breaks, there is a power outage, if someone has an emergency ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate situation. These are all special circumstances where alpha can be used on a reef system.
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