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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2006, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Water Change question

Can you add the new water to the tank right after you add the dechlornating chemical or do you still have to wait a day for the chlorine to evaporate?
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I'm horrible about this - I squirt the dechlorinator into the tank as I'm filling up, I don't even bother to measure. I've kept some sensitive fish and I've never had a problem with doing it this way. Actually, I've completely forgotten the dechlor once or twice and haven't had a problem. Maybe I'm just luckly?

But honestly, 99% of the aquarists I know squirt dechlor into the water just prior to filling or as they are filling. You certainly don't have to wait a day.


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I add my dechlor as the bucket is filling up and add the water right after it fills and never had any problems.......

I have also seen and heard of dosing the tank with a tanks worth of dechlor and adding tap water directly to the tank and have never seen any problems arise....

I think temp is more key when doing water changes than time for water to dechlor...plus i hear you cant over do the dechlor unless you really go overboard....i regularly overdose and havent seen any problems arise from this
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I use a python for water changes, and use the recommended, measured doses of Seachem Prime right into the tank just as I start filling them. As for overdosing dechlor...not really required, and at the right doses, can start playing with the overall balance a bit too much.


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just squirt it into the bucket as you fill it up and you'll be fine.
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I have also seen and heard of dosing the tank with a tanks worth of dechlor and adding tap water directly to the tank and have never seen any problems arise....
Really? Where did you see that?

Seriously, the method I use is as stated above. Add enough treatment to the tank to take care of the entire volume, then fill 'er up. Again, as stated above the only thing I watch out for is the water temperature. My main tank (80 gallons) is a goldfish tank and I've been doing 50% water changes weekly like this for well over a year without any issues whatsoever.

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