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Starting a 29g and clueless.
Old 01-13-2013, 05:04 AM   #21
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Yeah it wssnt meant so much that they are boring fish in their entirety, just that they aren't going to spend all day drinking in the saloon, all evening whoring and all night ripping guppys apart
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:17 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by IamPIRANHA View Post
Is it safe to use tap water in my fish tank?
Water for aquariums should be dechlorinated. The Portland Water Bureau uses chlorine and ammonia to disinfect Portland's water in a process called chloramination. Disinfection is important so humans don't get waterborne diseases. Chloramines can be lethal to fish, however, so it's important to adequately dechlorinate water before it's added to an aquarium.

If you have copper plumbing, be sure to run the water to flush out water that has been sitting in contact with the piping. Copper can be toxic to fish. You can reduce copper in your water if you run the water for several minutes to flush your pipes.

So far i've found this i'm going to look for the pH and Hardness.

Just called the water quality line and because it's sunday their closed :/ but did get ahold of someone that said the pH runs about 8. I'll probably just go ahead and head over to my LFS and get the testing done there to find out what everything is since the guy didn't seem like he was 100% positive of his answer. I'll let you guys know when I find out. Does anyone know if this forum has an iPhone app?
Yes tap water is safe to use once you use dechlorinator. Since your tap has ammonia in it, look for a product like Seachem's Prime that detoxifies ammonia as well as chlorine.

I don't think we have an iPhone app, but I know a lot of people access the regular website on their smartphones and navigate around just fine.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:29 PM   #23
I have the dechlorinator stuff w/ ammonia stuff to clean the water. How do you guys do a water change? As of right now I take out a gallon with a jug. Add tap water to the jug and let it set for an hour with the drops I put in.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:48 PM   #24
You should be able to find a water syphon pretty cheap (sorry been a while since I bought mine). That will let you clean the substrate as you change water. You could also get a
water python water python
that will connect right to your sink.

I use a normal syphon and bucket. I syphon into the bucket and then toss it. Fill up the bucket in the sink and then refill the tank. I dechlorinate the whole tank (new plus old water). That's just how I do it, but I know from reading on here that some people just do the new water. I also don't let it sit, because then it's unlikely to be the same temperature unless you have a heater in the new water as well.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:26 PM   #25
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A 29 gal is small enough where you could use the bucket and aquarium siphon method, but as a python user for years, I HIGHLY recommend it. You will not be lifting buckets or bending over a lot, and it's easy enough to do even when you are sick as a dog (I tested this personally at the end of last year). You drain the water into a sink or a tub or even out the window (plants love fish poop btw). Add dechlorinator directly to your tank, and then begin to fill the tank using the python hose. It took me a few tries to get it just right. There are videos of how to use the python on youtube; that might help you figure it out better. Sorry I can't give a better explanation.
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