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Old 01-08-2013, 12:00 PM   #1 
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Question Question about chloramine (my very first post)

Hello all, my city tap water does NOT contain chlorimine but does contain chlorine. If I let a pitcher of untreated tap water sit for a couple of days can I skip water conditioner? I used this method on my ghost shrimp and they did fine. I'm getting a betta this weekend. Thanks
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:17 PM   #2 
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Well chlorine in water does evaporate in about 24 hours. It's fine if you do tiny water change, but anymore than that will require conditioner. Prime is so cheap though, a 500 ml can treat up to 5000 gallons. If you use one pitcher at a time then i assume its gonna last you a year or more.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:27 PM   #3 
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Okay. I just didn't see the point of conditioner if there is nothing in the water. Chlorine evaporates and there is no chloramine. My water changes are never more than 20% at a time in a 4 gallon. Our tap water is known to be some of the cleanest in the world (Detroit area) and tastes great too!
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:00 AM   #4 
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It's not just chlorine that conditioners remove, but many will bind toxic metals and removes ammonia, etc. Can let it sit out for 24hrs, or just get some conditioner and make the water safer instantly :)
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:12 AM   #5 
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I'm on a tight budget but I will be getting some prime this weekend.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:24 AM   #6 
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Doesn't have to be Prime.. can be something such as BettaSafe from Walmart that is cheaper.. Prime is one of the top conditioners, but in all honesty, as long as it removes chlorine, ammonia, etc then it's fine to use, no need to spend the extra money for a name brand.
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Thanks. Bettasafe it is then. The girl at PetSmart said she has 5 bettas and using regular tap water with no conditioner and the fish do fine. That's the only reason I was asking about this.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:32 AM   #8 
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Well in all honesty. Its true prime is more expensive in price but it usually can treat more gallons in one bottle so ot usually balance out. May be one or two dollars different
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:14 PM   #9 
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In addition to the above comments....

Some conditioners also contain ingredients for the slime coat. (API Stress Coat, for example.)

Others contain a small amount of salt, for electrolytes. (Petsmart's Top Fin, I think, has this.)

Just looked up Bettasafe on Petco's website:
"TetraAquaŽ BettaSafeŽ for Bettas is a complete water conditioner formula that works in seconds. Neutralizes harmful chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals in tap water and adds a protective slime coating...."
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:09 PM   #10 
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My bettas do ok without the conditioner, but they thrive with it. Seeing the difference in their health is worth it to me.
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