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Old 09-20-2012, 12:32 AM   #1
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Question Tap Water and Chlorine?

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I have a freshwater planted tank (75 Gallons), and I use top fin dechlorinator, the kind where 1 ml will treat 10 Gallons, I use the Aqueon Water changer which hooks up directly to the faucet and allows direct water supply. I am worried that when I pour/drip the dechlorinator into the water, 7.5-8 mls will not disperse enough to come into contact with all the chlorine. Can someone tell me if my worries are true?

Also, I have copper pipes, I am worried that this might have caused the deaths of some of my neon tetras, it could also be the fact that I dose 4-5 times the tank volume in dechlorinator, I have read that extra doesnt hurt, but that was for the people who only added like a bit extra. I add extra to make sure no Chlorine "survives".

SOMEONE please help!! Will dechlorinator keep on circulating until it touches chlorine? SHould I add extra since I am not mixing it in a bucket first?
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:36 AM   #2
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The rule with de-cholrinator is if you're adding water directly to the tank to add an amount necessary to treat the full tank, not just the amount of water you're replacing.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:39 AM   #3
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Ok, So I should add 7.5 ml to a 75 gallon tank? It just feels like it wont neutralize the chlorine because it wont come into contact with it. Will it? Is adding more than 7.5 Ml necessary?
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:44 AM   #4
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Correct. You can double up if you have concerns but in my experience you'll be safe.

I used to pour prime into my tank, fill it with water from the tap then wait for 60 minutes before restarting the filter as I was afraid chlorine would get into my filters and suddenly dissolve my bacteria. It doesn't work like that however and now I just put in prime, fill the tank and start the filter and everything is fine.

I do understand your concern but unless you notice your tank is forever recycling I would say you'll be fine.

Make sure your dechlorinator specifically references heavy metals in it's uses, if it doesn't your wasting your time treating a potential copper problem with it. You can purchase an API Copper test kit to check your tank and tap water to satisfy yourself though.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:49 AM   #5
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Thanks Cynic! So the dechlorinator will not become neutralized if you pour it into already dechlorinated water? I always thought if you put it into the tank first, it will just be waste, and that you should pour it into chlorinated water for it to be used.

I am using Top Fin dechlorinator and it doesn't say anything about Heavy Metals, so I will be switching Probably to Prime ( Ive heard a lot of good things about it) or API Stress Coat, not sure yet. Suggestions?

I will just put in like 8- 9 ML's for a water change from now on, thanks again. You have no idea how much this helps! My fish are in your debt
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:51 AM   #6
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Just acquire Prime if you can. Unpleasant smell but very concentrated so cost effective and chemically effective.
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