Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
A couple of months ago I priced dechlor on line. I only looked at products that would deal with chloramine, including the ammonia. Price per gallon of treated water, based on internet pricing, but not including shipping:
Prime, Chloramine Buster are the best price. They are used at a much lower dose than most other dechlorinators.
Amquel, Amquel Plus and some others are about 10 times the cost. They have other ingredients, or do more than just break apart the chloramine and lock up chlorine and ammonia.
The worst example is some of the tiny packages sold to someone who has only one Betta in a jar. These are about 200 times as expensive as Prime or Chloramine Buster.
There are dry crystal forms of dechlor, but to get a good price on a dry one that deals with chloramine you need to buy enough to run a fish hatchery.
Figure out which product you want, then get the test kit made by the same company, and see (perhaps on line, or inside the packaging literature) what it will show you about the ammonia:
Some tests can show you the difference between safe and unsafe ammonia. But they need to be compatible with the dechlor.
My tap water will show 1 ppm ammonia from the dechlor.
I use all sorts of dechlor, whichever is cheapest, even some swimming pool products, and have tested to see how mush to use. 2 drops of one swimming pool product will deal with the chloramine in a 45 gallon tank.
Take Justin with a grain of salt. Some of his ideas are... well, not really wrong, but just not exactly on target. Really nice guy, and an incredible shop!