Aquarium Water Conditioning: Water Dechlorinators | PetSmart

What is the best aquarium water conditioner for your goldfish? Which water conditioners do you use?
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#5 – Tetra Aquasafe
is a very basic aquarium water conditioner with the least secondary features. It has the ability to create slime coat to help wounds and the healing of fish, and it can protect the fish from abrasions. There is another enhanced version called AquaSafe+ BioExtract with the ability to removing heavy metal from the water.
The basic premise of an aquarium (or pond) water conditioner is to remove chlorine from tap water.
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If properly managed, a weekly 10- to 20-percent partial water change is not a problem with water containing chloramines. Many hobbyists use automatic water-changers or garden hoses to conduct partial water changes with untreated replacement water flowing directly into the aquarium. Before starting aquarium maintenance, turn off the filter and unplug the heater. As the water enters the aquarium, slowly drip water conditioner into the aquarium. After turning off the tap water, swirl the aquarium water with your hand to mix the water and conditioner. Reconnect the heater and plug in the filter. The instantly neutralized chlorine is no longer a threat, and the small amount of ammonia introduced will be consumed by the enormous bacteria colonies living in the filter and substrate. You can condition your tank water one of two ways: in a bucket or directly in the aquarium.
Photo provided by FlickrIt may help to swirl the water around the aquarium to mix the conditioner with the tap water.
Photo provided by FlickrAlways condition tap water when you first set up a new aquarium and during each partial water change.
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Aquarium water conditioners are any chemicals added to the aquariumwater - either before the water is added to the fish tank or to thewater in the fish tank itself - in order to "condition" or alter thewater in some way. Conditioning the water can vary considerably frommerely to altering the of the water.What are Chlorine and Chloramine?
Chlorine and chloramine are used in tap water for disinfection. While they are harmless to humans, both can be lethal to fish. Traditionally, the tap water would become safe for aquarium use by just letting it sit in a bucket for a day or two. It is because chlorine is highly unstable with a half-life of approximate 4 hours. Most of it will be released into the air after just one day. Nowadays there is also chloramine in the tap water because it is said to be better at disinfection than chlorine. Chloramine is a much more stable compound and it is not going anywhere until you use a water conditioner to neutralize it.

Commercialized aquarium water conditioners

Most aquarium water conditioner comes in the form of liquid in a bottle. They are fairly cheap and easy to use. You can find them in all the pet stores as long as they sell aquarium fish. What is a water conditioner?
An aquarium water conditioner is also known as a dechlorinator or a chlorine neutralizer. It is a mandatory aquarium supply as long as you use tap water in your fish tanks. The primary purpose of the aquarium water conditioner is to remove the chlorine and chloramines from the tap water and to make it safe for the fish. All of the aquarium water conditioners have the very same basic purpose – to neutralize chlorine and chloramines in the tap water. Some of them have other secondary functions. Such as the remove of heavy metal, the detoxification of ammonia and nitrite, etc. all of which can come in handy in certain situations.Since there are many different brands of aquarium water conditioners out there, some new fish keepers might have a hard time to decide which one to use. Sometimes it can even be confusing which product is a water conditioner, because there are so many other aquarium supplies in the forum of liquid in a bottle. Here is a quick way to identify it. If an aquarium product does not mention the removal of chlorine and chloramines on the bottle, then it is not an aquarium water conditioner. #2 – Kordon NovAqua+
can also remove heavy metal from the water. The manufacturer claims it can help condition water by buffering tap water and adding electrolytes. The product can also provide a protective coat. It is said to be able to reduce toxicity of nitrite by blocking the intake of nitrite by aquarium fish. Additional features including the ability to aid nitrifying bacteria in the filter by creating a slime coat in the filter media, and add some beneficial organic herbs and vitamins.