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when I do water changes I use BIG AL's multi purpose water conditioner
it says to use 1 tsp for 10 gallons against chlorine and 2tsp against chloramine (whats that?) problem is I use a pasta pot to swap water and thats not 10 gallons!
last night I swaps about 4 pots of water and when I put the new water in I put 12 drops to a pot and let it sit for half a minute. any easier way of counting out the conditioner. the guys at the store told me not to condition the whole tank after a water change but to condition each bucket 1 at a time.

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Chloramine, like chlorine, is a disinfectant that is used in some municipal water supplies. It's basically a chlorine-ammonia molecule that is more stable in solution than chlorine which is good for drinking water but bad for fish. Since it is stable, you can't get rid of it by aging it or boiling it like you can with chlorine.

If your tap water is treated with chloramine, you will need to buy a water conditioner which will either break the chlorine-ammonia bond (like most dechlorinators that are double dosed) or one that will detoxify the resulting ammonia once that bond is broken (like AmQuel, Ammo-Lock, Prime, etc.).

Treating the water doesn't have to be an exact science. All you need to do is know approximately the volume of water you are changing out and add enough conditioner to treat it. Most conditioners are not going to cause any problems if slightly overdosed.

Finally, you only treat the volume of new water you are putting into the tank. You do not have to add enough conditioner to treat the entire tank volume.

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illnino said:
first, go to lowes or home depot and pick up a 5 gallon bucket for like $3. then you can get a syringe or a teaspoon to measure out the crap.
Very well Said :nod:
i agree

you don't necessarily need to have the exact amount of conditioner. you just put in half a capful for every 2 pots of water or something like that
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