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Chloramines

Just found out my utility switched to surface water this year and are now putting chloramines in the water supply. I wish they had sent me a notice instead of me finding out on accident by testing my test kit on my tap....

Anyway, my API chlorine neutralizer is no longer going to cut it for treating my tap. I've read prime works well. What are yall's preferences?
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I use Prime and purchase it in the 2L jugs.

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I use Prime and purchase it in the 2L jugs.
Only way to go IMO.
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Prime may not work any better than some of the other similar materials, but it takes so little per dose that a bottle lasts a long time. That is why I continue to use Prime. The trend is for all municipal water supplies to be treated with chloramine instead of just chlorine so the effectiveness lasts longer, so it is a good idea to assume your water is or soon will be treated with chloramine.

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yum... makes you think, if you have to go to all that trouble to remove it for your fish, what the heck is it doing to *your* body?
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the alternative to chloramines is, you would just get sick or die from the bacteria in the water. probably would prefer the former as opposed to the latter.
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yum... makes you think, if you have to go to all that trouble to remove it for your fish, what the heck is it doing to *your* body?
Lol, that is one of the reasons that I have a water cooler and purchase remineralize RO water to drink. When I looked at my City Tap Water contents, it wasn't just the chlorimines, but a host of other c*ap and when I googled some of that other stuff, there was evidence that it could be carcinogenic to humans. With some of what was listed, safe limits had not been established, so the City could not say for sure if some of the chemicals added to the tap water were in fact within what would be defined as a safe limit for humans.

On the flip side, I have been using dechlorinated tap water to keep fish and many are still alive after 8 years, so the tap water may not be as bad. Also, there are probably many other things in daily life(ie., exposure to vehicle exhaust smoke, second hand smoke, etc.,) besides what is in the tap water that are more toxic and carinogenic so why worry about it.
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I got a Coralife RO filter and stopped using dechlorinators of any kind. I keep two kinds of tanks, soft water and hard water. The hard water tanks use the water that goes thru the sediment and charcoal filters (IE red tube or reject water) and the soft water tanks use the water from the RO membrane (IE blue tube water). Tap water contains too many awful things, and varies too quickly, especially if the water crews make a visit to your neighborhood. When I did this, I stopped losing fish from water changes.


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Lol, that is one of the reasons that I have a water cooler and purchase remineralize RO water to drink. When I looked at my City Tap Water contents, it wasn't just the chlorimines, but a host of other c*ap and when I googled some of that other stuff, there was evidence that it could be carcinogenic to humans. With some of what was listed, safe limits had not been established, so the City could not say for sure if some of the chemicals added to the tap water were in fact within what would be defined as a safe limit for humans.

On the flip side, I have been using dechlorinated tap water to keep fish and many are still alive after 8 years, so the tap water may not be as bad. Also, there are probably many other things in daily life(ie., exposure to vehicle exhaust smoke, second hand smoke, etc.,) besides what is in the tap water that are more toxic and carinogenic so why worry about it.
But have you tested your remineralized RO the same way the city tested the tap?? I have seen a couple of good literature articles showing that bottled water can be worse than tap. Sure, no chloramine, but lots of other stuff at very similar or worse levels than tap water.

To the OP - another vote for Prime. Lots of bang for the buck!

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