how do I get the water hardness down
Most fish sold through retail pet and fish stores are accustomed to hard water and we typically do not recommend reducing it as you must reduce the KH or alkalinity along with the pH, and do so carefully. The easiest way is to either do small partial water changes and use bottled natural spring water as your replacement water or to use something natural, like peat media. You add peat directly to your filter a number of different ways. It is sold wherever other aquarium media is sold in the pet and fish stores.
Date published: 2016-07-20
i have a 90 gallon aquarium. when i do a partial waterchange, i am only adding the EasyBalance Plus for the number of gallons i'm replacing, correct?
No, Easy Balance Plus should be added once a week, with or without a water change, and for the entire volume of the tank.
Aquasafe Plus you would add only during replacing old water with new, and for the amount of water you replaced.
Date published: 2016-07-19
How much would I use for a 3 gallon tank?
1/2 a teaspoon.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Hi, well I had cut dose of Easy Balance+ to half, due to the 6" Synodonis cat, bicker eel, kulhi loaches present in a 90 gal. Fish appear to be fine, but ph check and be up like 8.4, few cichlid do thrive in alkaline waters but 17 L tap water ph lowers.
Part of the purpose of Easy Balance Plus is to buffer the water up and prevent pH from dropping. This is not a product I would typically recommend using with the species of fish you mentioned in your statement. I would recommend a partial water change and adjusting the parameters to meet the needs of your fish species instead.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Easybalance Plus is not for scaleless fish or snails? Where does it show this warning on the bottle? I have a pea puffer and a mystery snail and just used this product. Also, does not say to only use on established aquariums. Also, made my water cloudy
In new aquariums, it causes cloudy water because there isn't any organic matter for it to remove or break down from the tank. It is not harmful, otherwise, just not necessary. I would recommend a partial water change to help clear your water.
Date published: 2016-06-09
Is EasyBalance Plus available in a larger size?
The largest size is 16.9 oz.
Date published: 2016-06-07
i picked up a bottle of easy balance plus today to put in my two 55gal tanks. im new to this product and im not sure if its something that replaces my usual product ( prime by seachem) or goes along side it?
Neither. This is not a product that takes out chlorine or chloramines, etc. You use it once a week (and NOT at the same time as Prime, which is a harsh chemical) to keep your tank buffered and help keep nitrates down in between water changes. It also has benefits for live plants, and adds some other trace elements to the water for the fish.
Date published: 2016-06-07
I read of scale-less fish to be present, 4 that are exposed to 7 tsps. of easy balance in a 90 gal. tank, so with water displaced by decoration items, shall I stop use of ?
As you are dosing for approximately 70 gallons of water, you should be okay. With scaleless fish present, you can try a half dose, and if they don't react, you should be fine, unless the tank is not very balanced or does not receive regular maintenance. It depends in part, on the type of fish.
Date published: 2016-05-23
Is this safe for use with a peacock eel??
No, it sure isn't. The eel is a scaleless fish, and this product would not be safe for it.
Date published: 2016-05-22
Re-set up a 90 gal. aquarium with 60 gal. fresh water(tap), did add Easy balance for approx. 75 gal. Nitrate was a previous issue so suppose 13 teaspoons weekly, but is that not excessive?
No, that would not be excessive, that is the correct dosage. Nitrates are generally due to a lack of water changes and/or gravel vacuuming and can build rapidly if you are not doing regular water changes. Easy Balance Plus prevents them, and helps keep the tank buffered. If I understand you correctly, you changed out about 60 gallons of water, leaving 15 gallons of older water behind, but dosed for all 75 gallons of the water, with Easy Balance Plus. So I would recommend 13-14 teaspoons, depending on how much gravel, décor, etc, you have in the tank that could displace some of the water. It is better to underdose than overdose, in this case.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Trying to balance my ammonia and nitrates, is this for me?
So I recently added the instructed amount to my
36 gallon bowfront in hopes to balance out my ammonia level. After reading that this product needs a lot of Oxygen it has me worried. I have two filters on my tank, will this be enough circulation and aeration for this product? The last thing I want to do it harm my fish
This is not the product you want to use, no. This is for established aquariums and it helps to buffer pH, and reduce nitrates. It does require a lot of aeration to utilize the chemical properly without side effects. As to whether two filters is enough or not, I don't know since I do not know what size tank you own, species of fish being kept, size or quantity of fish plus the last scheduled water change.
To control ammonia, do partial water changes, add Aquasafe Plus along with Ammonia Safe.
Date published: 2016-04-04
can u put easy balance when the fish in the tank
Yes, you dose it directly into the tank weekly, and the fish can be in there when you dose. It would not be considered safe for scaleless fish, however, or inverts like shrimp, molluscs, like snails.
Date published: 2016-01-25
UV light sterilizer
I am using "Tetra EasyBalance" and "Tetra AquaSafe PLUS" regularly along with my water changes. I also have an UV light sterilizer installed to help with my algae and cloudy water.
Does this in any way hurt those two products or should I turn off the UV light sterilizer ?
with kind regards
No, this does not effect those chemicals at all. However, you are certainly going to a lot of effort to clear the tank and kill algae. Cloudy water and algae are both usually caused by lack of maintenance, overfeeding, overstocking, something along those lines. It sounds like you need to determine what the issue is and get your tank more balanced, especially if the water changes are fairly often and regular.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Not sure what it do!?!?
I'm using EasyBalancePLUS Aquarium Water Treatment in my 10g tank and I'm wondering if:
1) I have to have an aeration system along with my filter with this treatment?
2) Can I use the treatment more then once a week safely? I have high nitrates, nitrites & ammonia in my tank that I'm trying to get under control. I did a 50% water change 2 days ago and added the treatment. The NO2 & NO3 have come down but they are still too high.
3) How often within a week is it safe to do a 25-50% water change (the change includes a vacuuming too)? Should I do a vacuuming every time I change the water? Or should it be just the water changed? I have cleaned or changed the filter weekly.
You are using the wrong product for your situation. Easy Balance Plus is for established tanks that have high nitrates or are recently established and the owner wants to prevent high nitrates. You are still cycling from the sounds of it. You need to do the partial water changes, once a day, 25% only, until the ammonia comes down to around 2 ppm. Add aquarium salt at a rate of 2 tablespoons per 10 gallons of water with the first water change. This will help reduce nitrite. Once both ammonia and nitrite are around 2-3 ppm, add Tetra Safe Start Plus, then do no more water changes. Just let the bacteria do their job. While all of this is going on, don't worry about the nitrate, you can deal with that once you are cycled.
After the tank reaches 0 for ammonia and nitrite and stays there for one week, do a 25% water change. Now you can add Easy Balance Plus once a week from here on out to help reduce nitrates. Water changes will also reduce nitrates. Vacuum each time.
Keep aeration going when using any chemicals.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Can EasyBalncePlus be used in a salt water aquarium?
I use EasyStrips to check the nitrates and nitrites. On the bottle it suggests using EasyBalncePlus to help control nitrites. But when I receive it in the mail, it states its "For All Freshwater Aquariums." Can I still use it in my salt water tank?
No, it is not for saltwater at all, only freshwater. We have a similar product that is specifically for saltwater, that is safe too. It is called Instant Ocean Nitrate Reducer.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Is it ok to use with Safe Start
I put this product in my tank last night after only a week using Tetra Safe Start. Is this ok, or is it going to affect cycling the tank?
We would recommend that you use Easy Balance after two months of the tank completely up and running with fish. This way you have all of the levels stabalized and the Easy Balance will help control the pH and remove excessive organics.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Hi. Is this product added weekly, whether or not the water is changed? Or only after water change?Thanks
Weekly, whether or not the water is changed.
Date published: 2015-08-03
Red Cherry Shrimp
Hello, is EasyBalance PLUS Aquarium Water Treatment good for my red cherry shrimps?
Yes, EasyBalance Plus is safe for invertebrates when used as directed. When keeping invertebrates we recommend weekly (or more frequent) water testing to check pH, alkalinity, nitrite and nitrate and ensure all parameters are at the recommended levels. Proper aeration and regular water changes are also more important when keeping invertebrates.
Date published: 2015-05-22
Is Easy Balance safe for my planted tank?
I have a 55 gal tank. It has been running for over 3 years. My water runs through a water softener and filtration system out of tap. PH is over 7.8 and water is very soft.highly planted rank. Will this product hurt my plants. Will it help lower PH.
It will not help lower pH at all. As a matter of fact, it will add buffers to the water and prevent the pH from dropping. It may increase your alkalinity, therefore making it harder. It will not, however, harm plants.
Date published: 2015-04-27
how much to put in for 1 gallon
does it matter if I put a little more than needed in , having troubl measuring 1/2 ml
Yes, it matters. You do not want to overdose this product. Does your tank have an aerator and a filter system? If not, I would not use it; this tank is pretty small. You would be better off changing half the water once or twice a week. However, if you do use it, just use 1-2 drops and that's all.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Used this product but nitrates still high.
I vacuume and do a water change monthly for my 20 gal freshwater tank. I've had the tank for more than 10 years. I did it this weekend as usual. This time the nitrates are still high. I've used Easy Balance Plus twice this week with no change. Why and what to do? Wait or treat again? Nitrites are low.
Easy Balance Plus will not reduce them in one use. Use it weekly, as instructed, and it will gradually bring them down. Make sure you are doing a really good job of vacuuming and don't forget to clean under the decor.
Also, when was the last time you cleaned the filter system?
Date published: 2015-04-04
Can I use this product with the Goldfish water conditioner?
Yes, our Easy Balance product can be used in conjunction with our AquaSafe product line. This product is cautioned not to be used in low oxygen environments so aquariums without aeration or filtration is not ideal for this product usage.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Is Easy Balance Plus still good to use if it has yellow particles floating in it?
I hae been adding Easy Balance Plus to my aquarium and have found that yellow particles are floating in it, even after shaking the bottle. They eventually dissolve in my tank. Is this harmful to my fish?
These little granules are not harmful to your fish. The small particles that you see are suspended biodegradeable granules which settle into the substrate [gravel] in your tank and are broken down by bacteria. This type of bacteria consumes nitrates which helps with water quality and lessens the likelihood that you will experience algae over time.
Date published: 2017-10-23
RE: EasyBalance Plus -can this product be overdosed?
I have several tanks, and sometimes forget if I have just added chemicals to a specific tank. Is it safe to go ahead and add more EasyBalance Plus anyway, or should I wait a week?
I sure you can, but a double dose won't hurt the fish, but if you worry you can do a water change.
Date published: 2015-05-16
Can you put this in the water when the fish are in the water
I am wondering you can put this in with the fish so you don't have to take the fish out
Date published: 2015-05-16
is easy balance plus safe for live plants?
seems to be, not had any problems with plants.
Date published: 2015-05-16