Product Review - Supa Chlor
Today I am going to be reviewing Supa Chlor, a brand of water conditioner I only recently started to use for my water changes.
To give some background, Melbourne tap water is generally considered one of the cleanest in the world. It is very soft and my wild bettas thrive in it. I think the levels of chlorine/chloramines are relatively low and I have never had a reading of ammonia straight from the tap. Basically all I do is condition my tap water and add it to all my tanks.
In the past I used Seachem Prime water conditioner. I have never had any issues at all with this brand, and I think it is good to have on hand if you are doing a fish-in cycle where ammonia and nitrites pose a real risk to livestock.
The only downside to Prime is its price. In Australia, a 500ml bottle of Seachem Prime seems to hover around the $25 - $40 mark. If you find it cheaper online, the added shipping cost generally means you might as well pay full price for it at your nearest brick and mortar stockist.
Lately, I have been short of funds, and so when my Prime ran out, I decided to see if I could find a cheaper but equally concentrated replacement.
This is when I found out about Supa Chlor ‘Town or Tank’. Below is a basic summary of what Supa Chlor claims to do:
Removes Heavy Metals
Removes Hydrated Lime
Does not contain Formaldehyde
Only has a dosage rate of 5ml per 200L
Being the average hobbyist, I can’t really verify some of these claims as I don’t have the necessary equipment. However, I can generally gauge the quality of a product by how my fish respond to its use.
Basically I have seen no difference the behaviour or health of my fish since using Supa Chlor in my tanks. The only difference has been to my bank account as I can currently purchase a 1L bottle of Supa Chlor for $21.95 from Tech Den (wonderful folks) with a flat rate of $7.50 shipping.
At a dosage rate of 0.25ml per 1L that would be enough to last me an extremely long time.
One big benefit to using Supa Chlor is that it is an Australian made product. I like to support Australian business as much as I can, and when a product made in Australia is cheaper and of equal quality to an overseas competitor, I feel it is worth supporting them.
Removes both fluoride and hydrated lime
Concentrated product on par with Seachem Prime
Has only a slightly unpleasant odour
Mostly sold through online stockists
Packaging isn’t as ‘flash’ as other established brands
Doesn’t have any slime coat additives*
Overall, I would recommend Supa Chlor as a water conditioner for Australian hobbyists. I am not a person that believes in using a cocktail of chemicals or additives in my tanks, and so for me, Supa Chlor ticked all of the right boxes. It doesn’t promise me the world in a bottle or make claims of grandeur. I just need a product that can make my tap water safe for my fish and I found that Supa Chlor is perfect for the role.
*I am not a big fan of slime coat additives so this is not actually a con for me personally. I feel a healthy fish should have a healthy slime coat whether you use additives or not.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.