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After a recent outbreak in a tank I decided to start taking cross tank sanitation more seriously.
Now I'm bleaching 1 part bleach to 20 parts water...
followed my using a de-clorine product, in my case seachem Prime.

Prime isn't cheap and I'm now flying through it.

Is their a more economical solution?
 

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Hi solchitlins,

I use Seachem Prime as my dechlor of choice because it works; typically I buy the 500ml size online and it lasts me about 6 months with weekly water changes. If you want something a little stronger Seachem Pond Prime is about 2X as strong as standard aquarium Prime and costs about the same.
 

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Chlorine (bleach, or in the water) evaporates, leaves the water and enters the air.

If you have been bleaching something (equipment, tank, rocks...) , I would rinse it, then air dry it. If you still smell bleach you could then rinse again with a dose of dechlor in the water.

Prime is one of the least expensive. Chloramine Buster usually prices out about the same.
Safe will probably come out a bit cheaper.
Swimming pool supplier will probably have sodium thiosulfate granules. (works for chlorine, bleach).

To treat tap water that has chlorine, all you need to do is run it into a bucket and add a bubbler or pump that will circulate it so the chlorine will have a chance to out gas. Usually overnight is enough, 24 hours is sure to be safe. This will not work with chloramine.
 

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Let's say I make a bleach water sanitation solution in a bucket and then pour it out.
Then the bucket is allowed to dry.
Will the bleach still be in the bucket when I later fill it with bottled water?
Will it be safe or do I have to declorinate the bucket first?
 

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API tap water conditioner is $28 a gallon from Amazon and it's concentrated more than most of the liquid products. 1ml treats 15 gallons. It's amazing how long a 16 oz bottle lasted me doing weekly water changes on a 92 gal tank
 

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Just buy the cheapest dechlorinator on the shelf for that purpose. (Just trying to clear ammonia)
Of course you would need to calculate the amount of water it can dose before deciding wh8ich is really the cheapest.
 
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