Water Changes with Tap Water

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OK, so as I have said before...I'm trying to learn/plan and understand the process of keeping an Oscar/Oscars so when I have the room for a large enough tank (a year or so) I won't make the same mistakes I made years ago.

So, I'm starting to get a grip on tank size, filtration needs and such...but one concern is still burning in my mind. That is the best way to do a water change if the only water you have access to is city tap water. Although the city water in my area is among the purest in the nation...(Bull Run Watershead...Portland, Oregon), it still does contain some of the typical water purification chemicals that all city water supplies have. Due to the sheer volume needed for an Oscar tank water change (a 50% water change on even a 90 gallon tank will be 45 gallons of water)...what is the best way to do a change without exposing the fish to harmful chemicals that might hurt them or hurt the bacteria in the filtration system.

In my head, the best way would be to somehow house the water in a series of smaller containers...treat it and then perform a water change using that stored water. Better yet, having access to well water would be good too...but I do not have that and I don't foresee that changing.

But, perhaps I am over thinking this. Of course, since I am only "planning and learning" I do not currently have a kit to test my tap water so I do not know what it contains. So, I'm sure advice on this would be very hard (if not impossible) to give. But, is it possible...if the city water isn't too full of chemicals to just do a change with tap water and then treat the water once it's in the tank? Is that Oscar Blasphemy?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Water Changes with Tap Water

a quality water conditioner/ dechlorinator allows you to use tap water directly. Most common used here is Seachem Prime liquid, or the more concentrated powder form Safe. You dose recommended amount for the entire tank volume, it reacts instantly. Too easy.


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Suprd71 wrote: a quality water conditioner/ dechlorinator allows you to use tap water directly. Most common used here is Seachem Prime liquid, or the more concentrated powder form Safe. You dose recommended amount for the entire tank volume, it reacts instantly. Too easy.

OK, then I am over thinking. So, simply do water change with tap water and then immediately use the conditioner.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Water Changes with Tap Water

Drain the water. Add water conditioner, add new water.

Read up on your water report. Find out how much chlorine/chloramine they put in your tap water. Sometimes you can use half the dosage because your tap water only has half the amount of chlorine/chloramine that Prime or Safe will treat. Too much Prime will remove dissolved oxygen from the water.
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Goranothos replied the topic: Water Changes with Tap Water

Get one of these:

www.amazon.com/25-Foot-Python-Aquarium-Maintenance/dp/B00025...?ie=UTF8&qid=1390162112&sr=8-1&keywords=python+water+changer

Use it to drain however much water you want to, then add Prime equivalent to the volume of your tank water, then use the Python to fill the tank.

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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Water Changes with Tap Water

I live in Philly......hard water & LOTS of chlorine.....I have had a multitude of fish over the years, & always simply drained tank, added dechlorinator, & refilled (temp should be around the same, doesn't have to be perfect).....never had a problem....I use & recommend Tetra AquaSafe.

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Darth Nandopsis wrote: I live in Philly......hard water & LOTS of chlorine.....I have had a multitude of fish over the years, & always simply drained tank, added dechlorinator, & refilled (temp should be around the same, doesn't have to be perfect).....never had a problem....I use & recommend Tetra AquaSafe.

OK, good to know. That makes it seem much easier. I guess I was over-thinking it. :cheer:
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Vera replied the topic: Water Changes with Tap Water

So leaving the fish in water when u condtion the water wont hurt them
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