Originally Posted by The Jam-is-on
I'm getting the API kit this weekend and was planning to start water changes as well. I have been using strips and see first hand how bad they are. My first strip test showed my PH at around 5.5. I took a sample in to the LFS
the same day and he showed my PH perfect at around 7.
How do you guys dechlorinate the fresh water for a change? How long do I need to treat it and let it sit? I have two five gallon buckets for use right now but this has perplexed me a bit...
A couple of things to help. Whether you do a fish in or a fishless cycle, Prime
is the best out there right now. If you do a fish in cycle you should also use a stress coat with Aloe Vera of some kind. There are a couple of different ones. I've tried them all and I like the BigAls water conditioner with Aloe the best, but it's up to you and which one you like best.
I did the bucket and siphon thing for 5 years and I hated it. Especially while trying to cycle a tank. I got stuck doing a cycle with a tank full of fish, so sometimes I needed to do 2-3 PWC
in a day to keep the Ammonia below .25ppm.
So after my hernia surgery (not kidding) I purchased a water changer. It has made doing PWC
a breeze. I can even do a quick PWC
in the morning before I need to go somewhere, it's so easy with the water changer.
I bought the Aqueon Water Changer and I love it. There is also one called a Python, I hear people rave about how much they love it. Either one is a good choice, you'll be very glad you got one.
With the water changer you just set the tap water temp to match the tank temp and add the correct amount of Prime to the tank. Prime dechlorinates instantly so it wont hurt the fish to do PWC
this way. The stress coat is for when you need to do daily, or more than daily PWC
. Or if you add new fish to the tank or if your fish have been battling a bit and have some minor fin damage. It also helps after a case of ick. Once the ick is cured, it often leaves fin, scale and eye damage, the Stress coat/water conditioner helps it all to grow back.
I hope this answers all your questions.
Welcome to AA, it's a great place for all the Aquarium or fish questions you will have. Plus it's a great place to just share what is going on with your fish.