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scottven 01-20-2008 07:30 PM

Tap Water Conditioner
As I was counting drops into buckets tonight for my regular water change, I started wondering...

just what is this stuff?

I know what the label says, and what it claims to do, but there aren't any ingredients listed.

Does anyone know what goes into tap water conditioner?

JouteiMike 01-20-2008 07:59 PM

Principle Ingredients: sodium hydroxymethane sulfinate, polyvinyl pyrrolidones, organic hydrocolloids, organic chelating compounds.

Says right on the bottle of my Aqua-safe bottle. Not sure what exactly some of those compounds are, but I'm sure you can research all about each one on the internet, or in books.

SST 01-20-2008 08:43 PM

Interesting question. My bottle of Stress Coat didn't list any ingredients, so I went online and found the MSDS sheet. It lists the ingredients as aloes extract, sodium thiosulfate, and water.

scottven 01-21-2008 07:14 PM

Great idea to go for the MSDS.

My API "Tap Water Conditioner" contains:
Tetrasodium EDTA - used to bind metal ions ("detoxify heavy metals")
Sodium thiosulfate - reduces chlorine into chloride ("remove chlorine")

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