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MsFrosty 01-09-2009 11:12 PM

Letting the water sit for hours does NOT dechlorinate!
So I read in a book that many water treatment places have changed to chloramine which is a form of chlorine mixed with ammonia that DOESN'T evaporate in the air. If this is true we should definatley discontinue telling new fish hobbyist to do this unless they KNOW for SURE that their local treatment plant is using chlorine and NOT chloramine. In Saskatoon they are using chloramine, which was why the majority of my grandmother's fish died when she tried to do it the old way. Beware the chloramine :|

onefish2fish 01-10-2009 12:02 AM

correct that is why using a de-chlorinator prior to adding new tank water is best

Lupin 01-10-2009 12:25 AM

This is why dechlorinators often suggested should bind both the chlorine and chloramine, not just chlorine itself. Prime is widely suggested for this reason.

SinCrisis 01-10-2009 02:14 PM

stress coat treats chloramine too.

dramaqueen 01-10-2009 02:31 PM

I use dechlorinator AND let my water sit overnight.Does dechlorinator take ammonia that is already in the water out of the water?

jeaninel 01-10-2009 02:42 PM

Here's a neat little chart comparing water conditioners.
Product review of Water Conditioners / Dechlorinators for the aquarium

dramaqueen 01-10-2009 07:03 PM

jeaninel, thanks for the info on the water conditioner.,

MsFrosty 01-11-2009 06:15 PM

Yeah thats cool

Little-Fizz 01-11-2009 06:59 PM

True, I had no idea. Good to know... Lol even though I've always used drops. They are so easy I don't know why anyone wouldn't use them.

MsFrosty 01-13-2009 12:44 AM

I just worried about everyone telling people they could do that to dechlorinate, especially people that are new to fish.

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