Ardan Huck July 7, 2002

Chloramines are a combination of chlorine and ammonia sometimes added to water supplies to kill pathogens and make the water safe for consumption. This is not safe to add untreated to the aquarium. There are different ways of dealing with this, including neutralizing the chloramines with products such as Prime, AmQuel, or AmmoLock (and others). Another way is to remove the chlorine with charcoal or another chlorine neutralizer and then dealing with the ammonia. Ammonia can be dealt with in a holding barrel with a cycled filter running on the holding tank or can be dripped slowly into the aquarium if the biological filters in the aquarium can process the ammonia fast enough.

Here are some links on the internet and where we have discussed this issue:

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