Chlorine damage to fish

fenway99
  • #1
Could someone please tell me how long goldfish could be in untreated tap water - ie chlorine without irreversible damage. I just want to know if we could have saved them by driving crazily somewhere to get the right water treatment?
 
Akari_32
  • #2
Only a few minutes, TBH. Buy a bottle of spring water. Makes life a lot easer, and it won't hurt the fish.
 
Butterfly
  • #3
But if your going to drive somewhere to get spring water might as well buy dechlorinator
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Akari_32
  • #4
But then, they should already be in dechlorinated water. Its not like a few extra minutes in yucky water (assuming this is what this is about) is going to do much more damage. Just a thought lol
 
TayJay76
  • #5
Agreed chlorine is very bad for fish. Try to get some dechlorinator. Plus if you buy bottled spring water there might still be some chorine it that too, just because it is spring water, they still need to make sure that there aren't any germs in it. I only say this because I tested bottled spring water before and it had chlorine in it
 
catsma_97504
  • #6
Chlorine and chloramine affect fish very quickly. Unfortunately there is no way to predict if your goldfish could have survived the time it would have taken to find a water conditioner and get back home.

As you fish were lost due to the unfortunate circumstances, use their loss as a learning experience. Even if you have ready about the nitrogen cycle and how to care for an aquarium, I recommend reading the following articles (and asking all the questions necessary):

https://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm
https://www.fishlore.com/acclimating-tropicalfish.htm
https://www.fishlore.com/WaterChemistry.htm
https://www.fishlore.com/Maintenance.htm
 
bowcrazy
  • #7
In my personal opinion purchasing bottled water is a total waste of money if you have anywhere close to decent tap water. I can’t imagine having to use bottled water while doing water changes on my 18 tanks, the cost alone would cause me to stop keeping as many tanks. I know my water is very hard (16GH) and has a high pH (8) so I don’t try to raise any fish like Blue Rams that require soft low pH water, I just pick types fish that can tolerate my water better.

Chlorine and Chloramines are two things in our water that are easily taken care of by using a good water conditioner like Prime or Amquil+ plus they treat other things too. I know that they seem to be a bit more costly to purchase but because they are so concentrated they will last you a lot longer because you use drops and not bottles during water changes.
 
fenway99
  • Thread Starter
  • #8
We had an amazing thing happen. Unfortunately on Saturday we killed our 4 hardy goldfish by incorrectly changing and not treating the tap water. On Wed night while trying to clean up the tank we found babies - so our Goldies died but the babies have hatched in the tank 3-4 days after the adults died - so it is quite amazing to have this second chance to care for them properly. Thanks everyone for all of your advice!
 
octonaut
  • #9
Wow!
 
catsma_97504
  • #10
We had an amazing thing happen. Unfortunately on Saturday we killed our 4 hardy goldfish by incorrectly changing and not treating the tap water. On Wed night while trying to clean up the tank we found babies - so our Goldies died but the babies have hatched in the tank 3-4 days after the adults died - so it is quite amazing to have this second chance to care for them properly. Thanks everyone for all of your advice!

That is a wonderful ending to your unfortunate loss!!

Good luck raising your new babies. Post pictures when you can!
 

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