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Post Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:15 pm
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So since I moved in I have always has a extra tank filled with water and added prime. Let that sit a week and do WC's out of that tank. My questions is will I be okay to do WC's out of the tap straight into tanks and adding prime? Or should I continue to let the water mature in a separate tank for a week treated with Prime?

Post Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:24 am
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I condition my water by running an air stone and warming it up for 24 hours. I don't add Prime to the conditioning tank, but rather add it straight into the fish tank. The discus and angelfish tanks get 100% W/C daily with no problems.

By not adding Prime to the conditioning tank, I don't get any slime buildup.

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Post Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:21 pm
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Depends on what is added to water. City sounds like Minneapolis or Saint Paul which are both likely to add chloramines. Prime is an excellent product to bind chloramines.

IMO you can do water changes with tap water when using Prime. Be careful and watch water temperature closely. The temperature of tap water must match tank temperature prior to water change. OK within 2-3 degrees F.
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Post Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:58 pm
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Within a month, the tap water will be super cold coming out of the pipe and super saturated with dissolved gases. Make a large water change and your fish will get the 'bends'. I aerate the water primarily to address the problem of micro bubbles. It's not a problem in the summer.

Willie

Post Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:40 pm
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Sounds good guys! Appreciate it. Sounds like investing in a storage tank isn’t a terrible idea if I continue to add tanks. I miss my well water.


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