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post #1 of 7 Old 08-19-2010, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Amquel + Question

I use Amquel + to treat my tap water (contains chlorine and ammonia) before adding it to the tank. How long should I let it sit before adding it to my tank. I'm having to treat 1qt at a time because I don't have any jugs or buckets available. I'm using a 1qt pitcher.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-19-2010, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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And if Amquel + is not recommended for this kind of use, then another recommendation would be great. I need something that will remove both ammonia and chlorine from my water (tested tap water and it contained both) . I just need something that is really going to work.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-19-2010, 06:20 PM
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I pulled this from this website;

For aquariums and ponds add AmQuel+ to the water at the recommended dosages as described above. Since AmQuel+ rapidly spreads through the water, no special agitation is needed. Its action on chlorines will be in seconds. Most of the reactions on other nitrogen compounds in the water will be over the first five minutes, and the slight remainder will be detoxified over the next 24 hours.
I would think this would mean the ammonia is detoxified with-in 5 minutes, by the way how much ammonia in your tap are we talking about?

As for me I use prime, and although not recommended I add tap water directly to the tank while at the same time I add the prime, I found it to much of a problem of trying to get 10 gallons of water in my tank with buckets and had nothing higher to set it on to siphon. Prime is pretty fast acting and I have been doing it for the past 4 months, and have yet to see any signs of chlorine burn on my fish when I do water changes, but I also use twice the amount of prime as I would if I just added it to the water, although the bottle recommends dosing for the whole tank size. And then again I have no ammonia in my tap source either.

BTW if you keep changing with buckets then go to the hardware store and pick up a 5 gallon bucket for like 3 or 4 dollars.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-19-2010, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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For ammonia, my results are 1.5 for my tap water. (it is darker than the 1.0, but lighter than the 2.0, so it might not be exactly 1.5)
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-19-2010, 06:36 PM
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Yikes I would defiantly make sure it sits out for at least 5 minutes before adding the water then.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-20-2010, 04:17 AM
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I have used both, and they both work well for chlorine,chloramines,and ammonia.
I prefer PRIME cause it takes far less product than nearly all other conditioners which = less money spent in replacing product,, and more money for fishes or fish food.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-20-2010, 06:45 AM
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I agree with 1077, I use to use API Stress Coat and Stress Zyme, I've replaced them with PRIME. I too also drain the tank, add prime directly to the tank, and then run the pipe and fill the tank directly..

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