Question about water changes

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I know I have to de-chlorinate the tap water for water changes. What I don't know is, if I'm making a 25% water change, do I add the stuff to make the water safe for the fish before I put it in the tank or afterwards? And how do I know how much to put in the tap water? They come in tablets that look like alka-selser, and one tablet cleans 10 gals. of water. How much do I use for just a partial water change?
 

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First, you put it into your fresh water b4 its added, and second, forget the tablets. They're a waste of money, and you can't break them or anything for a partial water change. Get something like AquaSafe by Tetra, or Stress Coat (not Stress Zyme, that's a cycling product) for treating your water.
Good luck with your tank, and welcome to fishlore!
 
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Thanks for the Help. I think I have some of the Tetracare that came with the tank.
 

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or just forget it completyly and let your water sit out for 24-48 hours and the chlorine naturally evaporates sure is a heck of a lot cheaper and easir that what I do I have a spare 10 gallon tank that I have a couple of 1 gallon jugs that I fill up then put them in the 10 gallon so if they leak I don't have a mess and it works out fine
 
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I just got the idea of filling up this 55 liter container I have, I put the tetracare conditioner in a used a small pail to change the tank water. That way I'll already have the water ready tommorrow when I change it again. I'm also treating my fish for ich so I'm changing the water alot. I have 2 platy's, 3 panda cats, 2 green tiger barbs, and 3 regular tiger barbs. I've already lost 2 bala sharks and my algae eater in the last 2 days.
 

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boiling water also removes/ degrades the chloramine/ chlorine... Check your water some times it doesn't even have chlorine... like if you are on a well.

I don't do anything to my water b4 it enters my freshwater cuz I have an R/O on the house and I'm on a well... just depends on your water.
 
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I don't know for sure about the clorine in my tapwater, but I do know I'm on city water.
 

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then you probably have chlorine... treat your water, boil your water, or let it sit out for a day or two in order to get the chlorine / chloramine out.
 

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atmmachine816 said:
or just forget it completyly and let your water sit out for 24-48 hours and the chlorine naturally evaporates sure is a heck of a lot cheaper and easir that what I do I have a spare 10 gallon tank that I have a couple of 1 gallon jugs that I fill up then put them in the 10 gallon so if they leak I don't have a mess and it works out fine
That's interesting.... I didn't know that chlorine would go away by itself in 48 hours. I agree with emma. those tablets stink. to hard to break. I think I have the tetra safe liquid. 1 teaspoon per 10 gallons. So if you have a 10 gallon you can remove 2.5 gallons and add 1/4 teaspoon of the liquid stuff. I keep a bunch of 5 gallon buckets in the garage for this purpose. I mix the stuff in with the water and stir it with a big spoon so I also get a consistant water temperature reading. Then I would add about 1.5 gallon and stick the glass thermometer in there and wait about 20 seconds for a reading then depending where your temp is add hot or cold water to keep the temp as close as possible to the reading in your tank. Always put a big towel on the floor by the tank because Murphy's law also applies to filling tanks. If it can happen it will happen and you will be walking around the house in wet socks :-[ I hope your ick gets better in your fish. I have never had any luck with this disease :-\ ???good luck
 

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atmmachine816 said:
or just forget it completyly and let your water sit out for 24-48 hours and the chlorine naturally evaporates sure is a heck of a lot cheaper and easir that what I do I have a spare 10 gallon tank that I have a couple of 1 gallon jugs that I fill up then put them in the 10 gallon so if they leak I don't have a mess and it works out fine
That is fine if you don't have chloramines. If you have chloramines, then you will have to treat it. I'm not sure that boiling will do that.
 

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I am not sure if I have chloramines or not neither do most of the readers so I would probably play it safe and use the tetra safe chemical .. :-X
 

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Play it safe and treat your water. Most city supplies contain both chlorine and chloramines.......I also aerate my water before changing it. I have a little air pump with an air stone that I use. It helps to 'gas out' the water that's under pressure in your pipes.

Since doing that I don't have to use any pH balancers as my pH falls out to 6.8 naturally once the water's been aerated.
 

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I thought boiling it removed chlorine and left the ammonia part of chloramines but I am not sure
 

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Any water treatment neutralizes chloramines by breaking the chloramine bond, but in doing so it releases ammonia......But apparently the amount is small enough for the aerobic bacteria to break down......

Boiling out water should get rid of both, but I'm not sure. I've never read anywhere that boiling water is of any benefit. The best way that I've read is through reverse osmosis......
 

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