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I've been using AP Stress Coat the past months and everything seems to be OK. I've been dosing at 1 tsp per 5 gallons just to be sure. Last month, the city added chloramine and when I did my water change, I manage to kill 4 zebra danios. What's a better method of treating chloramine, or a better product?
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StressCoat is supposed to remove chlorine and neutralize chloramine. Are you sure you used the correct amount?

CORRECTION: Stress coat has only sodium thiosulfate so it cannot fully handle chloramine. It can neutralize the chlorine but will release the ammonia. That can be deadly. ops:

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AFAIK chloramine is a chelated Cl molecule, so it is much more stable and lethal to living organisms.

On my jug of Aqua Plus it says to dose 5 ml per 5 gallons, which is double the dose to treat chlorinated water.
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I use Kent Ammonia Detox. It's a bit stronger than most dechlorinators, but it still recommends a stronger dose for chloramines.

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Chloramine is not chelated Cl. It's a chlorine/ammonia compound.
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Yep, and some water departments love the stuff. The owner of the pet shop I frequent has a sign posted by the register warning people in St Peters not to fill their ponds with the garden hose unless they use a proper dose of dechlorinater. Apparently, they use enough chlorine and ammonia to kill goldfish and koy. I get my water from St Charles and they have one mg/l out of the tap. I've been using Tetra Aqua Safe, which ties up the ammonia pretty well. None of my tetras or otos show any obvious ill effects.
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I've been using a hose to fill up my tank, can I just add the proper dechlorinator dosage to the tank and then fill it up?
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Yes, but you might consider dosing enough to treat the whole tank to be on the safe side.
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