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Old 12-28-2009, 03:37 PM   #1 
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wrong water conditioner?

My petco didn't have the normal Betta Splendens water conditioner today so I bought the API Tap Water Conditioner -Aquarium Dechlorinator- Super Strength.
Now I am worried I bought the wrong one for what I want. It says it removes chlorine and breaks the chloramine bond. I have no clue what a chloramine bond is, and our water is from a well.
I just wanted something basic to make sure that the water is safe. I am worried this stuff will harm my fish more than do good.
Should I return it? Or can someone explain to me what a chloramine bond is?
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:29 PM   #2 
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The bottles of conditioner usually tell you if they are safe for all fresh or salt water fish. I would first check for that. Also, if you are unsure, you can always return it.
I've tried several different water conditioners, and I have to say I love Prime the best! You could always give that a shot. :D
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:34 PM   #3 
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on the back under the WHEN TO USE: it does says that "these metals are toxic to tropical fish". But that is the only mention of what kind of fish it is for. This was actually the only conditioner that they had that wasn't very expensive.
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The website says that it is safe for all aquatic life
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It should be fine then.
Prime is usually around $3-$5 for a small bottle, but it's really concentrated. You only need 1 drop per half gallon, so it lasts for awhile. :D
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this API stuff was only $4, so it was pretty good.
Now I have another question. On the Directions it has two types of directions. One is To Remove Chlorine and Detoxify Heavy Metals the other is To detoxify chloramines. Which do I want?
My water is well water and my pH is currently reading 7.6
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What are the measurement differences? I would say use the measurement for the removal of chlorine and other metals.
Chloramines is simply a compound form of Chlorine.
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The measurement for the first one is, "add 3 drops per 2 U.S. gallons of tap water." The second one (for the chloramines is), "add 6 drops per 1 US gallon of tap water."
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Wow what a difference. Well, you said that you have well water right? I'm assuming there isn't a lot or any chlorine at all, just metals. I'd maybe stick with the first option.
Also, you can always test the water after using the conditioner to make sure your parameters are where they need to be. :D
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Thank you =) I'm going to add just 1 drop (1g tanks) and wait an hour and test the water again.
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