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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-01-2005, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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ECO complete and clorine water


I just received my shipment of ECO complete, it said on the bag to use de-clorine water, however I will have to pour the water ontop of it first before adding the de-clorine solution, will this "short (at least 20 minutes)" period of contact to clorine kill the benefitial bacterial that comes with ECO Complete?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-01-2005, 02:42 PM
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I wouldn't loose any sleep over using chlorinated water. They say that because Eco-Complete is supposed to come shipped with live bacteria in the black water. I dont know if the included bacteria,assuming that it can survive that long sealed in a bag, would really help jump start the cycle.
Anyone have any input on this?

There isn't any reason that I can think of that you couldn't add some of the dechlorinator before you start adding water or better yet what I do is measure out the dechlorinator into a small cup and slowly pour it in while I am standing there filling the tank. I don't know if it makes any difference really but I feel that pouring it into the stream of water helps to spread it out faster and do its job more efficiently.
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I'll pre-measure the de-clorine and drip it into the water stream coming into the tank. Almost there, waiting for bigals to send me the rest of my order... can't wait .
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there's no reason to drip your dechlor into the incoming stream. Just dose the full dose, and fill up your tank. the chemicals in the dechlor stay active for some time, and adding all at once won't cause any problems.

That's how I refill 25 gallons in my 75g every week - add a capful of Prime, then turn on the faucet and fill the tank. and that's with fish and plants in the tank. never had a problem doing it that way.
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Yup ... I dont think that bacteria can survive that long in a sealed bag either...I think its more of a marketting thing....

but hey you can always add dechlorinator before you pour the water in ....

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