07-01-2011, 02:23 AM
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Many animals are sensitive to chloramine and it must be removed from water given to many animals in zoos. Aquarium
owners remove the chloramine from their tap water
because it is toxic
. Aging the water
for a few days removes chlorine
but not the more stable chloramine, which can be neutralised using products available at pet stores.
Chloramine must also be removed from the water prior to use in kidney dialysis
machines, as it would come in contact with the bloodstream across a permeable membrane. However, since chloramine is neutralized by the digestive process, kidney dialysis patients can still safely drink chloramine-treated water.
There is also evidence that exposure to chloramine can contribute to respiratory problems, including asthma
, among swimmers
Respiratory problems related to chloramine exposure are common and prevalent among competitive swimmers. Here are a few paragraphs from the wiki page on chloromine. As you can see even in humans it must be removed from the water during dialysis, to avoid contact with the bloodstream through "permeable membrane". A fish's "skin" is exactly that, a permeable membrane. It would go through the skin and into the bloodstream and finally death. Also if it can cause respitory illness in swimmers, whats it going to do to fish that are much smaller and spend 24/7 in water.