Purpose and Benefits: Stress Coat forms a synthetic slime coating on the skin of fish, replacing the natural secretion of slime that is lost during netting, handling, shipping, fighting and other forms of stress. Stress Coat is a water conditioner suitable for fresh and salt water aquariums, water gardens and ponds. Stress Coat contains Aloe Vera, which acts as a liquid bandage, to protect and heal damaged fish tissue. Stress Coat instantly removes chlorine and heavy metals such as copper and zinc from tap water. Stress Coat also removes chloramines by breaking the chlorine-ammonia bond.
The effectiveness of Stress Coat with Aloe Vera has been proven by independent studies conducted at the University of Georgia, School of Veterinary Medicine. Researchers found that Stress Coat helped heal wounds and speed tissue regrowth. Dr John Gratzek summarizes the results: "Personally, I am satisfied with the results since my initial thoughts were skeptical to say the least. These definite statements can be made without equivocation: Stress Coat in no way harms aquarium fish, alters pH, or affects the biological filter. No ammonia or nitrite was detected in the test aquariums. The results indicated that the Stress Coat formula reduced the wound size compared to untreated fish tissue." Aloe Vera is high in mucopolysaccharides, an essential component of many tissues and believed to help in the healing process. The glycoproteins Aloctin A and Aloctin B are also present and identified as the probable tissue-healers.
Directions for Use:
- Each dose of Stress Coat removes 3.0 ppm chlorine and 0.3 ppm heavy metals.
- To protect fish and condition water: Add two teaspoonfuls (10 ml) for every 10 U.S. gallons of aquarium water.
- To remove chlorine and heavy metals and neutralize chloramines: Add one teaspoonful (5 ml) for every 10 U.S. gallons (40 liters) of tap water.
- For tropical fish use only. Do not use on fish intended for human consumption.
When should you use Stress Coat? Stress Coat should be used whenever you change or add water, add new fish, or anytime fish become stressed.
Does Stress Coat remove chlorine and chloramines? It removes chlorine and the chlorine component of chloramine.
Does Stress Coat detoxify heavy metals? Yes.
Why does Stress Coat contain Aloe? The patented Stress Coat formula contains Aloe gel, taken from the inside of the Aloe plant s leaves. Stress Coat has been independently proven to promote the healing of damaged fish tissue.
Someone told me Aloe will kill fish. Is this true? No. The Aloe gel in Stress Coat is real Aloe, not a synthetic, Aloe skin, or "derived" aloe (which has none of the properties of real Aloe). Stress Coat with Aloe is not harmful to fish.
Will Stress Coat change the pH? No.
Will Stress Coat detoxify Ammonia? No. If you need to detoxify ammonia use Ammo-Lock 2.
Can Stress Coat be used with all kinds of fish? Yes. Stress Coat can be used in freshwater, saltwater and reef aquariums. Stress Coat can be used in koi ponds, goldfish ponds, and water gardens.
I accidentally over-dosed my fish with Stress Coat. Should I worry? No. Stress Coat will not harm the fish.
Can Stress Coat be used with fish medications? Stress Coat is compatible with all of Aquarium Pharmaceuticals medications.
Is Stress Coat harmful to aquatic plants? Stress Coat can be used in aquariums and ponds containing live plants.
I have a protein skimmer. Will Stress Coat cause foaming? Stress Coat may cause increased foaming when using a large protein skimmer.
Can it be used in salt water? Yes. Protein skimmers should be turned off for at least one hour after adding Stress Coat in order to prevent excessive foaming.
Will Stress Coat hurt saltwater invertebrates? No. Stress Coat is reef-compatible.
Product Manuals & Documentation
API Stress CoatOwner's Manual available for download in Adobe PDF file format
API Stress CoatAdditional Info 1 available for download in Adobe PDF file format
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