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I decided to stop spending so much time using buckets to change out my water. I went to lowe's and got a hookup to my faucet, so that I could just fill up the tank. It sounds easy - turn on the faucet, water goes through the hose, into the aquarium.

The problem I run into is this: My water is going to have chlorine in it WHEN it enters the tank. Will this be harmful to the fish? What if I were to add chlorine right after I filled it up? Would two minutes of being exposed to chlorine kill off my bacteria and fish?

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While the tub idea is great, it adds unnecessary work and expense when you can safely do it by adding the dechlor first. That is how everyone who uses a python does it.

I have done it this way for years with shrimp, and other very sensitive species and had no problems.
 

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I add prime before I put the new water in.
 

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Im with dogofwar *** done it before during and after...usually i go during when i use my python and *** never had any adverse effects.
 

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I fill my tanks out of the tap with out any water treatment...I do use a drinking water filter. I have used this method for years with out any problems. I get a good quality filter that will remove chlorine and heavy metals. The filters last for about a year. I also used a drinking water filter in a 200 gallon tank that was on a drip system, it got about 10 gallons a day. The less chemicals the better.
All water treatments have some negative side effects. For example Prime which is one of the better water treatments raises the phosphate level quit a bit. I my area where the tap water already has phosphates in it Prime just adds to the algae problem.
 

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I have always added my conditioner in the bucket method. I have always been too paranoid to try doing it during or afterwards...It is cheaper doing it that way, so I don't have to add the full 70 gallons worth of dechlorinater.

But since you are switching away from using buckets...I would do it WHILE adding the new water.
 
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