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Water Conditioner

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I'm sort of confused. In your fish bowl info. page, you mentioned that even if tap water is treated with water conditoner, it still won't be safe. You recommended that bottled water be used.
Later on however, in your 'Making Bottled water' section, you said we could make our own bottled water by adding water conditioner. Can we treat water with conditioner or not?
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Reply. Hello Hi Hi. The key is that you must leave the tap water in the bottle with the water conditioner for at least three days, before you add the water from the bottle to your fish bowl. 

This will give the Water Conditioner enough time to react with the chemicals in the tap water and to neutralize those chemicals, before you add the water to your fish bowl.

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I have a problem and want to know if you can help me? I had two whole cans of fish food dumped in my tank ... I cleared it all out as much as possible, but the water is so cloudy that you can't even see all the way threw.
Do I take out all of the fish and put them in another tank or do I just change the water every day? I have put the following in the tank Aquarium Salt, TetraAquaSafe, Pro Clear and Melafix. I have also changed the water in the tank several times and the fish seem to be fine. So if you could help me in some way I would really appreciate it.
Thank you,
Reply. Hello. This is a disaster and will require extraordinary action. Get a clean container like a large bucket. You must be sure this container is not contaminated with soap, fertilizer, or any other chemical. In fact a clean temporary container can be made from a big corrugated cardboard container with a large new trash bag inside.

Put the container on the floor near your aquarium. If the floor is cold, put one or more small rugs under the container to insulate it from the cold floor. Get a clean pan and scoop water from your aquarium into the container on the floor, until the water is deep enough to cover your fish plus an extra inch or two. So if your deepest fish is 3" from top to bottom, make sure the water in the container is at least 5" deep.

Use the appropriate size fish net to move your fish from your aquarium to the container on the floor. Then clean your aquarium. Be sure you get all the fish food out of the gravel.

But here is something important do not overreact and try to sterilize the aquarium or gravel. Just rinse it until it is clean, then fill your aquarium with tap water, and add the correct amount of water conditioner. Also add 1 Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt to each 5 gallons of water in your aquarium, and add 1 drop per gallon of Quick Cure. Do not add anything else.

Turn on your filter and let it run for an hour or two. Watch the fish in the container on the floor. If they start to gasp at the surface or show other signs of stress, you will need to aerate their water or put them back in the aquarium. But waiting at least an hour before you put them back in the aquarium will give the chemicals in the water conditioner more time to neutralize the chemicals that are in the tap water.

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I've looked everywhere for this info but haven't found it. Please help! The water conditioner I use (AquaSafe by Tetra) says use 1 teaspoon per 10-gallons, but I have no idea of how much to use in 1 gallon jugs of water. Can you help me on the conversion of how much to use? Thank you for your help and your website is a truely great source of information!
Reply. Hello Skye. Here are a couple of ideas. The container of AquaSafe says that 10-gallons of water will require 1-teaspoon of AquaSafe, so 1-gallon of water will require 1/10th of a teaspoon of AquaSafe.

In our facility we have a set of plastic measuring spoons with 1, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 teaspoons. The 1/8 teaspoon is the closest to the 1/10 that you need to make 1-gallon of water, and the 1/8 would probably work for you. A little bit of extra water conditioner will not hurt but don't greatly overdue it.

My second idea, as I remember the AquaSafe container has a dropper built into the top. Carefully drip drops of AquaSafe into a teaspoon and count the number of drops it takes to fill a teaspoon.

Lets say it takes 53 drops. I don't know the number, and 53 is just an example that is probably not the number you will get. But you count the actual number. If you get 53, then divide by 10 to get 5.3, and round UP slightly to 6. Then add 6 drops of AquaSafe to the 1 gallon jug of water.

I've never done this myself so I can't tell you the answer based on experience, but I explained this method to you, because I've done many similar things in my facilities, and after I've done it, I get a marking pen and write something like, "6 drops per gallon" on the container, so I don't have to measure it again.

Here is something to be cautious about. Lets say many months from now, you use up all the AquaSafe and buy a new bottle. Be sure to re-test the new bottle, because the hole in the top may not be the same size, so the drops may not be the same size, so the number of drops you add to the gallon jug may not be the same, and you'll want to re-test the new bottle.

Whew, I'm about out of ideas. I hope some of this helps you. Click here to read more about Aquarium Measuring and Calculating. 


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Hi I enjoy visiting your site and have found it to be very informative. I keep my Bettas in 1 gal. bowls.
In your answer to Skye TN about Aqua-safe measurment for a 1 gal. bowl. A teaspoon is equal to 5ML, and 1/10 of a teaspoon is equal to 0.5 ML, I purchased a Medicine eye dropper at Petsmart that is graduated in 0.5 ML o.5 to 2.5ML for $2.00 this is what I use to measure my water conditioner.
Most medicines are about the same measurment and I have a few just for that. I change my water every 4 days, water is conditioned with stresscoat and 1/8 tsp of aquarium salt and sits for 4 to 8 days before use.
my oldest Betta I have had for 2 and 1/2 years so if he was 1 yr. old when I purchased him he is 3 and 1/2 yrs. yld.
I hope that this info helps.
Reply. Hello Andrew. We are glad to know that you enjoy visiting Thank you for the comments about Water Conditioner in your email to us.

You say you change the water in your fish bowls every four days, which is about twice a week, as we recommend. Most people find they are more reliable, when they change the water every Monday and every Thursday, or on a similar combination of days each week.

When you change water in your fish bowls, be sure to change at most 20% of the water on any one day. Your one-gallon fish bowls hold four quarts, and in each bowl you probably keep about three quarts of water, which is 3 x 32 oz. = 96 oz. So 20% is about 19 oz. in your fish bowls.

We recommend you use bottled drinking water in fish bowls and not de-ionized or distilled water. You can make your own fish bowl water from tap water by adding the correct amount of high quality water conditioner, and then letting the container stand for three days, before you add that water to your fish bowl.

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