04-16-2007, 12:41 PM
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I have been doing some reading, and it seems that if the water is treated with a chloramine, like Jones said, you will detect it with a test. How can I tell if my tap water contains chlorine versus chloramine? Does it matter?
Yes, it matters. Everyone who keeps an aquarium needs to know this. There are 3 ways to tell for sure which one you have in your water. First, you can call customer service at your local waterworks and ask. Second, if you have a petstore where the employees know what they're talking about, you may be able to get an accurate answer there. Third, do an ammonia test on your tapwater. If it contains ammonia, then your waterworks is using chloramine.
And this is what I need to do for water changes: How do I treat my water if it has chloramine?
You must use a product that neutralizes chloramine. This product should be able to break the chlorine-ammonia bond and detoxify both the chlorine and ammonia. There are many products marketed to do this, but two examples are Amquel and Tetra Aquasafe. You should also let the water stand overnight to equilibrate gasses and temperature.
I have Prime to treat the water and from what I've read, it should remove ammonia, so I should be ok.
Fish 4 All: He is acting fine now, so I don't think I need to do anything else, I was just curious.