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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-17-2005, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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W/C's do you add water straight from tap or hold it

Hey! Ive been using an RO water mix for years since my tap has been rock hard but now that Im moving and the water will be pretty soft Im going to switch to straight tap. So Ive been questioning how effective dumping a declorinator in the tank and then adding water in is. I know some of the declorinators also bind to metals, so might all of it be bound up toward the end of the filling so that the last 10gallons or so are not being declorinated?

Im thinking it would still be a better idea use a holding tank to dial in temp and give the water a couple minutes to react with the declorinator.
What do you all think?
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I like living on the edge (and saving time). I've been doing WCs straight from the tap and adding dechlor (Prime, currently) as the water starts to fill for a couple of years now. For a month or so, while I kept forgetting to buy some new dechlor, I went with straight tap. I felt that was too risky, so I didn't stick with it.

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Straight tap with Python. Add conditioner directly to tank. No adverse reaction from discus.


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If your question is whether or not a holding tank is the best option, I'd have to say Yes. However in my and most other peoples case it isn't practical. Also the added benefit is minimal at best. That being said peace of mind can be priceless so it that's what you want to do, do it. If you'd rather not deal with the space requirements and extra time of using a holding tank then don't do it.

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Well I guess more specifically Im wondering if anyone here knows the chemistry behind the declorinators, is it an instant reaction?
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I add the dechlorinator to the bucket as it fills, wait a minute or two for the dechlor to act, then dump it into the tank. I do a weekly 50% water change every week with cold tap water. The fish and plants don't seem to mind, but they are all hardy, so I don't know what would happen with more sensitive fish, such as discus. The temperature change is around -4F.

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I do my WC directly from the tap also, then add declorine to the tank a bit after. I think a holding tank/container is a good option, but make sure you clean the container regularly, because it can get dirty and contaminate your water. Just another thing to worry about I thought so I just add tap directly.


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