how much water conditioner should i put in my 5 gallon fish tank
Which one you want to use?
Almost every Conditioner have their own dose measure on the bottle or in product manual.
Normally i use 1 or 2 drop per gallon.(locally made) Though it say to add 3 drops, but i like to ad not more than 2 drops. Cause too much conditioner is harmful for your fish.
Too much conditioner can be harmful, but it takes quite a bit to overdose, and in my opinion, the chlorine is more harmful. Just my 2 cents though.
But I do agree with Rain. It depends on the brand. Chheck the bottle.
5x's the dechlor is not good for fish. So that means you can put quite a bit in there before having any negative affects. When I use mine, I always go a little over, just to be safe. My dechlor says that each thread in the bottle lid treats 10 gallons, so I go a little higher than the second thread for my 20G tank.
I go over in that I usually treat for about half of the whole tank's volume, rather than just the water I am adding. So I have a 20 gallon tank and I remove roughly five gallons each change, but I treat for 10-15 gallons.
In a small 5 gallon tank only a quarter of a Mil (that’s about one drop) however if it is only a partial change it would be such a small amount you might be better to fill a two gallon bucket and let it stand for a week without the use of water conditioner.
If your tank is freshwater or marine tropical, stand the bucket in the same room as the aquarium so the water can warm to room temperature
Or simply boil a kettle of water, let it cool then add it to your aquarium. Once again no conditioner.
Further if your aquarium is a soft water with low PH you could add a small amount of rainwater.
If you can get a few plants to grow in the aquarium they will remove most of the nitrates. This will mean you will not have to worry about water changes. Just monitor your nitrate levels from time to time and do not overfeed your fish.
Finally remember if you add large amounts of water to your aquarium and there is marked difference in temperature, PH or water hardness you could do more harm than good.
No need for water conditioner in your small aquarium. Each time you make a cup of tea or coffee pour the residue of boiling water into a bucket after it has cooled.
When you boil water it removes all traces of chlorine. At the end of the week your 2 gallon plastic bucket should be well and truly full. More than enough to do a safe partial water change.
The following website will give you information on the subject
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/ 1051097/how-long-to-boil-water-to-get-rid-of-chlorine- and-how-long-does-water-kefir-keep
Will boiling the water also remove chloramine? Too much boiling could increase the concentration of minerals, so tap water and a good water conditioner is not a bad choice.
Please understand that's just my opinion, and everyone is welcome to differ. It's how we learn.
Hi, Don't know John Arthur, I have a couple of friends with goldfish bowls that have never used tap water conditioner, just boil the water and let it cool. One stated to me he had tested the water for chlorine (not for chloramine) after boiling, all traces where gone. They have never had any problems with any of the fish over the years.
However as for my own part since day one due to the large size of the aquariums have used neutralizer in my water changes. But I stay strictly to the recommended dose, not for the whole aquarium but only for the amount of water I am using. For the change.
So does that mean all these years drinking cups of tea and coffee with boiling water we have been drinking liquid poison?
Another thing to consider is metals in your water supply such as copper etc. These can be removed by passing the water through a charcoal water filter. Great for drinking too.
Some tap water also contains fluorides. Whether this does harm to the aquarium and fish is another question
I will say finally that many people who buy small aquariums and fish give up the hobby after twelve months due to some sort of failure, with the help of the internet and other aquarists all I can say is persevere and with the help of others you will enjoy your aquarium and fish for many years to come.
Keep on Keeping on.
be careful how you use this conditioner.there will be a pipette in the box.squeeze the pipette and add one tiny droplet for every pint of water you use.Sit and work out how much you will need by reading the instructions as it may help to work it out.Some people say gallons some say litres.
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how much for a 20 gallon tank
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The bottle of water conditioner should have the dosage information.