Aging Water
Ardan Huck July 7, 2002

Aging water in a holding tank or rubber garbage can for 24 hours with aeration and heating to a temperature the same as the aquarium is done to stabilize the pH, thus providing stable water for use during water changes. Pumps can be used to facilitate the process. Some can use a constant drip system to the aquarium if the chlorine is removed through the use of an inline activated carbon filter and if the pH is stable (this can be done even if chloramines are in the water if the biological filter of the aquarium is able to process the ammonia from the chloramines). Ammonia can also be processed in the holding tank using a cycled filter. The holding tank must be cleaned weekly to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

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