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post #1 of 26 Old 01-21-2014, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Python water conditioning

So it's not really a python but it works the same and we built it. I was wondering if i need to use tap water conditioner every water change? My 29 gallon also currently has the ich. Because in the buckets I just used the appropriate amount of conditioner needed for the contents. Now I can't? Do I need to dose the entire tank? Or just what I put in there? Or not at all? Because that would use a lot of products..


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post #2 of 26 Old 01-21-2014, 05:27 PM
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I use Seachem Prime and they recommend dosing the entire tank. I feel like you could probably get away with dosing what you're putting in, but it's better to be safe than sorry (I know people who hardly even condition the water...). But, I cannot answer for other water conditioners; it may be different. I have had no problems dosing the entire tank and then adding tap water.

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Do you dose the tank before or after you put the tap water in?


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I dose it before I add the tap water, and I have not had any issues doing it that way. I typically prefer mixing the water with declorinator in a bucket and then adding it, since I don't want to expose the fish at all to the chlorine/chloramines, but sometimes I am lazy or don't have time and adding it directly works fine. Lots of people add it directly with the water conditioner and report no problems.

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I dose my tanks for the volume of the tank and then refill with my Python. No problem.
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post #6 of 26 Old 01-22-2014, 09:57 AM
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I dose the entire tank and then turn on the hose.
Works fine.
Just make sure that you aren't real splashy or that the water isn't creating a lot of turbulence as this can harm your fish and/or make them stressed during water changes.
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post #7 of 26 Old 01-22-2014, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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But that's A LOT Of product! Especially for like 60 gallons


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post #8 of 26 Old 01-22-2014, 10:28 PM
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I use Prime by Seachem for conditioning my tap water and it's one ml per 10 gallons.
The bottle I have was $22 and treats 5000 gallons.
That's $0.0044 per gallon or 26 cents per water change with a 60 gallon tank.
If all you have is the 60 gallon tank and you were to dose exactly 6 ml per water change and do one change a week your bottle would last you 83 weeks.
What's the problem?
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I use Prime by Seachem for conditioning my tap water and it's one ml per 10 gallons.
The bottle I have was $22 and treats 5000 gallons.
That's $0.0044 per gallon or 26 cents per water change with a 60 gallon tank.
If all you have is the 60 gallon tank and you were to dose exactly 6 ml per water change and do one change a week your bottle would last you 83 weeks.
What's the problem?
Haha, I also have a 20 and a 30, but mine is top fin and is a ml per gallon!


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I use Prime by Seachem for conditioning my tap water and it's one ml per 10 gallons.
The bottle I have was $22 and treats 5000 gallons.
That's $0.0044 per gallon or 26 cents per water change with a 60 gallon tank.
Also where do you buy it? Online or at a LFS or at like petsmart?


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