View Full Version : Stress Coat

07-20-2003, 12:07 AM
Just a few days ago I read a post where someone was saying that Stress Coat added unecessary nutrients (?) or something to the water. I did several searches, but couldn't locate the post. If whoever wrote that sees this would you please explain it to me? I have been using stress coat liberally for several years now on recommendation from someone and now I wonder if it isn't self defeating.
Thanks, Sam

07-20-2003, 07:37 AM
stress coat does not add nutrients and it works perfectly.

07-20-2003, 03:07 PM
I think the comment referred to the aloe vera in the stress coat. I remember reading it somewhere recently too. I prefer Prime, but I would use Stress Coat without worrying too much about any extras in the water.

07-20-2003, 07:34 PM
Yes, you are right. The comment was about the aloe vera. Glad to hear your replies, I buy it several gals. at a time.
Thanks a lot, Sam

07-20-2003, 10:56 PM
Been using it for years...never a problem.

07-21-2003, 12:12 AM
Thanks Merlyn,
I'm such a worrier when I read something like that I panic a bit. Want to do everything right for my little finny friends. Now if I can just get my 9" P. taeniolatus to behave himself.......

07-21-2003, 11:07 AM
I have heard that stress coat clogs filters up, I have never experienced that myself, but I use START RIGHT grainules just as a pre-caution. It works fine.

07-21-2003, 04:21 PM
I did use Stress Coat for many years until I got a big bottle of Prime last year. I'd use it again if I couldn't find Prime at the store.

07-22-2003, 02:06 AM
Does Prime help keep there natural slime coating? If so, I may try it just to see.
Thanks, Sam

07-22-2003, 12:16 PM
i thought prime was for saltwater? or is it for both?

07-22-2003, 01:07 PM
It works fine in fresh or salt. I prefer it also.

07-23-2003, 05:30 PM
Ok, Ok, it was me.

And it is my belief that by adding Aloe which is an organic substance, that you are adding to excess organics in the water.

Makes perfect sense to me, just because it is plant based nutrients doesn't mean that it doesn't add to the TDS.

So why screw around with that when there are other products on the market, like Prime, Genesis, etc that allows the fish to produce slime coats naturally-well sort of-what they do is add a slight irritant to the formula that makes the fish produce more slime.

And further more, if you think that a fish is going to swim into the minute amount of aloe and get a coating on it your out of your minds:)

No offense intended folks. I think we have a hot topic here.

Regards to all,


SGM and Merlyn, dont slap me to hard K:rofl:

07-23-2003, 07:58 PM
I should have known it was you Matt! Some people are just "born troublemakers"!!!:wink:

07-24-2003, 04:35 AM
Originally posted by Mbuniac
Does Prime help keep there natural slime coating? If so, I may try it just to see.
Thanks, Sam

According to Seachem it promotes slime coat.

07-24-2003, 12:36 PM
matt, consider yourself SMACKED!:twisted:

07-24-2003, 05:24 PM
Thanks Jonah,
I bought some today and am going to try it for my weekly tank cleaning.

07-24-2003, 06:44 PM
Allright, I'm smacked:wink:

And Jonah, Prime does promote fish slime production, it does so via the method I descibed above.

Regards all,

Matt "the trouble-maker":wink:

07-24-2003, 07:44 PM
I figured Seachem was probably right, but I don't automatically believe everything I read.