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post #11 of 12 Old 06-14-2011, 11:52 AM
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Interesting thread. Back to the original question, agitating the water vigorously for several minutes will dissipate out the chlorine quickly. So will boiling, but that obviously has other issues.

If you only have a couple gallons at a time, use a largish glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, fill about 2/3 and shake it very vigorously for a few minutes. Most of the chlorine will dissipate out. However, make sure your water supplier only uses chlorine. As someone mentioned, many use chloramine and there is no way to remove that other than via chemicals such as those in water conditioners.

It is because chlorine dissipates out through water agitation that chloramine is often used; water traveling through the water pipes will lose much of the chlorine. Where I live in the Vancouver Lower Mainland region, they have chlorine stations at several points to replenish the chlorine for this reason. Fortunately they have not resorted to chloramine.


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post #12 of 12 Old 06-14-2011, 10:47 PM
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Originally Posted by AbbeysDad View Post
As long as you have a bar of soap, you don't need shampoo.
If you have one meal a day, you don't need three.

The fact that a water conditioner that treats chlorine, chloromines, ammonia and heavy metals also contains a small amount of aloe to promote/enhance fish health is not a reason to discard it. The amount of aloe involved in no way clogs filter material. In a sense, the aloe is just an artificial slime that aged (bio-slime) water would contain on it's by removing chloro's, ammonia and heavy metals, we're artificially aging the water slightly. Kinda makes good sense, doesn't it? Is it absolutely necessary?...well no. No additives are necessary if you have distilled, RO or rainwater or otherwise purified or untreated spring or well water. On the other hand, it doesn't hurt and provides additional assurances.

Aloe is a oil base product that has no place in my aquariums.The use of this product will clog filter material prematurely( my own expierience) (and could interfere with fishes respiration (my view) if used on consistent basis.Takes three times the amount of product to remove chlorine, chloramines ,ammonia, as PRIME .
Clean water will do more to promote fish health than any benefit derived from aloe and does not gum up filter material.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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