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|Degassing (pardon me!)|
Sorry, couldn't help putting that in the topic line.
Okay, I've read numerous times that it's best to de-gas your top off/water change supply overnight. And that it's best to take the water straight from the HOT tap whenever possible. My question is how many hours does it take for HOT water to de-gas? The gas in question is CLORINE or CLORAMINE(spelling?) right? And do I still need to add a water conditioner/declorinator if I have allowed the water to sit for said number of hours?
At this point, I am taking the water straight for HOT ONLY and letting it sit until I don't see steam rising from the bucket. I then add a Water conditioner or Stability to the bucket and dump it all (or as much is needed) into the tank. My normal water temp is 75-76F and the fish seem to enjoy it whenever the water bumps up to about 80F.
|Posted 14-May-2009 16:39|
Chlorine gasses off in a day, but chloramine does not; you'll be waiting weeks if you want that stuff to gas off. Letting your water sit like that worked when they didn't add chloramine to water, but now that they do, you should stick with your dechlorinator.
I prefer to add cooler water to my aquarium rather than hotter water. There are two major reasons for this. One is that warm water holds less oxygen than cooler water. The other is that it more closely mimics the temperature drop that would occur when it rains, as it often does in tropical locations. Also, a temperature drop is often key in triggering reproduction in many tropical fish species.
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian.
|Posted 14-May-2009 17:32|
Here, in the States, in todays technology, there is no
reason to draw only hot water for water changes.
Old time (30+ years) hot water heaters were made with
drinking water. Likewise in homes with copper piping
the copper could leach into the water as it sat in the
pipes over a long period of time (weeks) without anyone
running the water (folks on vacation).
This led to "us" running the water for 3-5 minutes
before collecting it for use in the aquarium.
By running the water that long you "flushed"
the pipes and drew water from the outside, city piping,
into the house and it was considered "fresh."
In some places, such as Australia, with their severe
drought, there have been instances of bacteria getting
into their tap water or excessively large quantities of
chemicals added to the water to combat poor taste, parasites,
Many, such as Keith draw enough water to
perform more than one complete water change (just in case)
and store it for weeks before using it. In those cases
most will add an air stone in the bottom of the barrel
to keep the water circulating.
Remember, when you are reading these statements, you are
reading comments from all over the world, as well as
passed down comments from decades ago (lore) that worked
well earlier but are not necessarily valid for today.
You really do not need to just use only hot water.
When performing a water change, I hook up my Python
Siphon to the tap on the kitchen sink and run the
cold water to power the siphon and drain the tank.
When I'm ready to refill it, I adjust the faucet for
the correct temperature, then I refill the tank.
As I'm refilling the tank, I add the conditioner necessary
for the amount of water that I've removed and allow the
circulating replacement water from the hose to mix the
conditioner and water.
If I'm just topping off the tank for evaporation, I just
fill an old washed out milk jug with water, add a couple
of drops of contitioner, and pour it into the tank. With
a 30g tank and replacing only a 1/3 to 1/2 gallon, I don't
bother with messing with temperature adjustment, I just use
-->>> The Confidence of Amateurs, is the Envy of Professionals <<<--
|Posted 14-May-2009 19:18|
a really cheap way I've found to condition my water is a consentrated conditioner for fish ponds you get more bang for your buck ,,everything your fish need for alot less
1 ML 1/4 tsp treats 12gallon of water
|Posted 17-May-2009 00:34|
I like your way of thinking Donovan!
|Posted 17-May-2009 04:24|
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