If You Own an Aquarium, Please Take Note

Posted by Johanna 06/11/2015


We use Chloramines (which is a combination of chlorine and ammonia) to purify your tap water. However, like pure Chlorine, Chloramines must also be removed from your tap water if it is going to be used in an aquarium.

There are several known methods that work for Chlorine removal that are not recommend for Chloramine removal. To remove Chloramines, we recommend the following:

Chemical Dechlorinators

This is the best way to condition your tap water for your aquarium, but there are precautions you need to take. Remember that Chloramines are a combination of chlorine and ammonia.  If you treat the water with a simple dechlorinator, such as Prime, Amquel, or Aquasafe Plus that only contains sodium thiosulfate, the chlorine is eliminated leaving the free ammonia in the water.

Ammonia is also very toxic to fish, so you will need to select a dechlorinator that also has a chemical in it that will convert it to (harmless) ammonium. This would include such products as:

  • Seachem “Prime”                                                                                                                
  • Tetra “Aquasafe NH/CL Formula”                                                                                       
  • Jungle’s “ACE”                                                                                                                    
  • Kordon’s “Amquel”                                                                                                            
  • Kent’s “Professional Ammonia Detox”
     

If you have any additional questions, please call (843) 719-2345.