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Dechlorinator Comparison

Dechlorinator Comparison

chart done by: oo7genie


This is a chart for each available dechlorinator that he could fine. What its effective for, as well as how much of each was needed to dose 10g of tank water, in order to calculate a price comparison per dose, as opposed to per bottle.

Product Chlorine Chloramine Ammonia Nitrite Nitrate Heavy Metals Slime Coat Standard Dose
for Chlorine Removal
Product Link
API Ammo Lock Y Y Y N N N N 5ml
per 10g
API Stress Coat Y Y Y N N Y Y 5ml
per 10g
Tap Water Conditioner
Y Y N N N Y N 0.5ml
per 10g
Aqueon Water
Y Y Y N N Y Y 5ml
per 10g
Y Y N N N Y Y 5.4ml
per 10g
Jungle Labs Start Right Y Y N N N Y Y 5ml
per 10g
Kent Marine
Y Y N N N Y N 1ml
per 10g
Kent Marine Pro-Tech Coat
Y N N N N Y Y 10ml
per 10g
Kent Marine Pro-Ammonia
Y Y Y Y Y N N 2.5ml
per 10g
Kordon Amquel Y Y Y N N N N 5ml
per 10g
Kordon Amquel Plus Y Y Y Y Y N N 5ml
per 10g
Kordon Novaqua Y Y N N N Y Y 5ml
per 10g
Kordon Novaqua Plus Y Y N N N Y Y 5ml
per 10g
Dechlorinator +
Y Y N N N Y Y 5ml
per 10g
Microbe-Lift Super Dechlorinator + Y Y N N N Y Y 1.2ml
per 10g
Seachem AmGuard Y Y Y N N N N 0.95ml
per 10g
Seachem Chlorguard Y N N N N N N 0.250ml
per 10g
Seachem Prime Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 1ml
per 10g
Terta Aquasafe Y N N N N N N 5ml
per 10g;;cid=5659
Tetra Aquasafe Plus Y Y N N N Y Y 5ml
per 10g;;cid=73
Top Fin Tap Water Dechlorinator Y Y N N N Y N 1ml
per 10g;;lmdn=Fish+Filtration+%26amp%3B+Circulation#prodTab1
Top Fin Water Conditioner Y Y N N N Y Y 10ml
per 10g;;lmdn=Fish+Filtration+%26amp%3B+Circulation#prodTab1
Waterlife Haloex Y Y N N N Y Y 1.6
ml per 10g

Save time with a water change system

In freshwater tanks water changes should be done weekly in most cases. While in most cases 10%-15% is fine i prefer 50%-75%+. In larger tanks that can be a lot of water. Using buckets is no fun at all and can cause people to be disinterested in their tank.

To save time and effort I suggest a water change system. Python water change system along with several others hooks up to a sink or hose. I prefer a hose leading outside. I use my old tank water for the grass, trees and garden. The only problem with these type of system is they are designed to leave the water on to create suction. By draining outside or to lower drain you are able to turn the water off thus save water.

Another option and my personal favorite is to use a pump attached to the hose. This eliminates the need for the water to be kept on like the python. It also drains the tank faster. When you have many tanks like me this can be invaluable.

For future fish geeks/nerds that end up with fish rooms an auto or semi auto water change system is the way to go. There are countless ways to set up an auto/semi water change system. If you need help fining info on some please email but a quick google search will do wonders.

Saving money by using Seachem Prime

his might seem simple but can save your self some money long term. I suggest prime/safe when you declore your water. You might pay a little more per oz but a little goes a long ways. Safe which is the dry forum of prime can save you even more and not very hard to dose.

Directions: Use 1 capful (5 mL) for each 200 L (50 gallons*) of new water. This removes approximately 1 mg/L ammonia, 4 mg/L chloramine, or 5 mg/L chlorine. For smaller doses, please note each cap thread is approx. 1 mL. May be added to aquarium directly, but better if added to new water first. If adding directly to aquarium, base dose on aquarium volume. Sulfur odor is normal. For exceptionally high chloramine concentrations, a double dose may be used safely. To detoxify nitrite in an emergency, up to 5 times normal dose may be used. If temperature is > 30 °C (86 °F) and chlorine or ammonia levels are low, use a half dose.

Typically other products take 1 capful per 10 gallons. I have bought the 2L bottles in the past. Even with all my tanks it seems to last forever.

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