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Old 03-06-2012, 11:03 PM   #11
 
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So I am able to add the conditioner to the tank with the fish in it?

Also, do I need to add the amount of conditioner equivalent to the water i took out and added back in?
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NO - if you add water directly to the tank, the conditioner amount needs to be for the total size of the tank.
If you don't the conditioner will be diluted and may not effectively dechlorinate the newly added water.
If you were to do a bucket/bottle method, then you would just treat the fresh water being added.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:13 AM   #12
 
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NO - if you add water directly to the tank, the conditioner amount needs to be for the total size of the tank.
If you don't the conditioner will be diluted and may not effectively dechlorinate the newly added water.
If you were to do a bucket/bottle method, then you would just treat the fresh water being added.
So which the most common method? And is one more effexctive than the other?
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:18 AM   #13
 
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i use a hose that is connected to my fauct to fill up my tank during water changes. Its much easier for me to do so on my 55 gallon tank. Also I only add enough conditioner for the amount of water being added. Usually I do a 50% water change so I usually add enough conditioner for 25 gallons into the stream of water coming out of the hose. This might be wrong as Abbeysdad pointed out but never seem to have a problem with doing it this way.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:21 AM   #14
 
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Ok cool, so adding conditioner straight to the tank is fine, and should have no ill affects on the fish
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:30 AM   #15
 
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Ok cool, so adding conditioner straight to the tank is fine, and should have no ill affects on the fish
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Correct.
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:02 AM   #16
 
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Correct.
I appreciate you clarifying it up for me
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:14 AM   #17
 
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:28 PM   #18
 
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You may use prime. it is really good for water cycles and changes, it is better than water ager and more concentrated
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:24 PM   #19
 
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hi all,im new to this,so hope you'l be abit patiant with me,i have a 125liter tank,has been set up for about 4months,been doing water changes every week,and have cut back on feeding the fish,cant seem to get amonia level and nitrents down,to a resonable number ph is at 6.5,amonia is at 2.2,the nitrents are at 0.2

i check for amonia and the ph level every few day's.

over the last few day's we have lost 5 guppies,and are clown loches are looking abit dull,could some1 plz help,i dont like seeing them die.
Not sure if this is the right thread to post your question in. I myself am just getting started and I have not gotten to that point yet. I would create your own thread and post the question, you will probably receive more info and advice if you do it that way.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:42 PM   #20
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I always add just above the amount of water conditioner to the tank for the amount I am replacing but not usually the whole thing. I also do about 3 tanks at the same time with the method I posted a bit faster then going one by one just got to remember not to forget anything on any of the tanks I can do a water change in 45-60 minutes on all three by myself, or about 30-40 mins with help.
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