When adding new H2O to your tank what do people use as a dechlorinator? Any other stuff added?? New to the "addiction". Any help with improving my H2O. This forum has helped feed my addiction I mean grow my knowledge of fish care. (I have 40 Tropheus in a 175)
As the Tap water is added. (Slowly so as not to over cool the tank)
My tap has 14-20KH and 20-24GH so I need add no buffers most of the time.
I must get barrels to pre mix and pre warm and pH stabalise it one day.
Tanks stay at pH 8.4 to 8.6 most of the time.
Oh I often check the tap water for nitrates and phosphates.
Sometimes (seasons?) this is high for me (over 10ppm) so I run the tapwater through a nitrate/phosphate remover.
Nitragon II I think my one is called but there are lots of makes.
They take a long time to recharge with a salt solution so I only use it when nessarcery.
test your tap for chlorine or chloramine. If it only has these then dechlor works well. If you have other heavy metals or chemicals maybe prime is the way to go. I use dechlor for my tank and it has worked well for years with me. I think prime also detoxifies ammonia and nitrates so find out whats in your water and use what you need to.
I don't add anything at all. The water out of the tap is perfect for Tanganyikans. Once in a very great while I remember that I have a can of Sera Mineral Salt in one of my drawers and add some to all my tanks, but normally I just do waterchanges with tap water without anything else.