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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-08-2009, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Water Conditioner info

I went to the local fish store today to buy some new water conditioner. I usually just pick the cheapest one but now that I have a planted tank with shrimp I thought I'd read the labels and try to pick the one best suited for me... there are literally 1/2 dozen or more to chose from, all saying there product does this or that... and to tell you the truth I was a bit confused...

so I just thought I'd share some very good links and info I found on water conditioners and there chemicals and additives...


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-10-2009, 05:22 PM
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when you buy a water conditioner you look for 2 things,
1.neutralize chlorine and chloramine
2.bind heavy metals such as copper,lead etc..
that simple..most of those companies use biopolymers that make the solution a little slimy,it is believed that this 'slime' helps the fish maintain their mucous membrane and combat stress but this is controversial..
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you forgot one other very important part of a water conditioner and that is it's ability to neutralize ammonia.
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try not to use the stuff with the slime if you run an eheim with the coco puff media it clogs up the pores. Prime is cheep and works well.
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I've never read that about ammonia being left behind after chloramines are broken down. I use conditioner that removes chloramine, on water that is treated with chloramines, and I haven't had a reading of ammonia so far. I'd say if your tank is established with thriving bacteria, it wouldn't be anything to worry about.
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