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Summer Time
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advice needed for using a water changer
« on: February 27, 2011, 11:36:56 AM »

Yesterday I did my first large tank (75 gals) water change.  I used the Aqueon water changer and it's great.  My question is:  how do you put in the water conditioner/dechlorinator?

I measured enough for the amount of water I replaced (plus some) into a small container and dumped it in to the aquarium when I first started putting the fresh water in.  Is that right?  

Or should I be slowly pouring it in as the tank fills?  

Or should I be putting in enough conditioner for the full 75 gallons?

I don't have a chlorine tester right now, but I'm going to get one just so I don't have to worry about it.

And of course, my fish had to keep swimming right where I was putting the new water in, so are they being exposed to chlorine as the water is going in?

Thanks for any advice...
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nabi
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Re: advice needed for using a water changer
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2011, 06:09:00 PM »

The way some people do it is to pour half of the amount conditioner/dechlorinator needed right before they fill the tank up with water. That way there is some conditioner floating around to neutralize any newly added water.  The rest of the conditioner , you can add slowly to the water as the tank fills up.  If you are doing a very large water change , like 50 percent or more, then you can add a little more water conditioner than usual just to make sure all the chlorine/chloramine is neutralized.
You don't have to worry about the chlorine in the new water hurting the fish as the exposure is very brief, if any at all. The conditioner will most likely instantly render harmless any chlorine in the water.
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Re: advice needed for using a water changer
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2011, 10:44:24 PM »

Thank you!  I was worried that it would have been too diluted before I finished filling the tank.  I'm planning on pouring it in more slowly next time.  The pet store didn't have a chlorine test kit, but I see one on Amazon.com that I might get, just for peace of mind in the future.
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