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Does Seachem Prime remove bleach?

Last Updated on 04/01/2023

Seachem Prime is one of the best water conditioners currently available as you can use it in multiple ways in order to make your aquarium safe for your fish and other aquatic pets. So, can you use this product to also remove bleach?

You can find out in this guide at Aquarium Blueprints.

Will Seachem Prime remove bleach?

Seachem Prime should be able to remove chlorine-based bleach. This type should contain the sodium hypochlorite and sodium dichloroisocyanurate ingredients.

With that said, you want to avoid using scented bleach or any other specialized beach mix. Instead, you should use regular bleach (such as the Clorox Liquid Bleach, which you can find on Amazon with this link) when cleaning your fish tank and/or fish tank equipment.

Furthermore, you want to avoid using non-chlorine bleaches as Prime won’t be able to remove them from your tank water. Non-chlorine bleaches usually contain hydrogen peroxide, sodium perborate and sodium percarbonate.

What are the benefits of using bleach to clean your aquarium?

Bleach is an easy way to clean and sanitize your fish tank or fish tank equipment (like a fish net). It will kill off any parasites, algae build up and more.

Keep in mind that, if you are using bleach to clean an entire tank, then you need to re-home your fish and other aquatic pets. Otherwise, they may get harmed by bleach. If you are only cleaning an ornament, décor or equipment, then you should make sure to remove any remnants of the bleach before you add the object back into your tank.

It is also important to note that bleach will also kill the beneficial bacteria colonies in your tank. Therefore, you will need to go through the cycling process once again if you decide to bleach the whole tank.

How to remove chlorine bleach with Seachem Prime

In order to use Seachem Prime to remove the chlorine bleach from your fish tank or fish tank equipment, you can try taking the following steps:

1. After cleaning your fish tank and/or fish tank equipment with chlorine-based bleach, we recommend that you remove the bleach solution and then thoroughly rinse the bleached object with plain water.

2. Afterwards, you can use Seachem Prime.

If you bleached your entire fish tank, then you need to fill it back up with water and then add Seachem Prime.

If you bleach an aquarium equipment, then you can put it is a bucket, fill it with water and then add Prime.

In terms of how much Prime you should be dosing in order to remove the chlorine bleach, we recommend adding 25 mL for every 50 gallons or 200 liters of water you have in the tank or bucket.

3. Afterwards, we suggest waiting for at least a couple hours. For the uninformed, Prime should remain effective for 24 to 48 hours.

4. After waiting, you can remove the Prime-filled water from the tank or bucket.

5. As an extra precaution, we recommend that you let your tank or aquarium equipment fully dry out before setting it back up again for your fish and other aquatic pets.