Re: [RML] Chloramine

Adrian R. Tappin (atappin at ecn.net.au)
Sun, 21 Dec 1997 06:25:51 +1000

At 16:46 19/12/97 EST, Lee wrote:
>I have not had a problem with chloramine since I started using about 5 times
>the amount of sodium thiosulfate as recommended. This actually is necessary to
>neutralize the chlorine and also takes care of the chloramine - at least
>according to y test kit.

My understanding of the use of Sodium thiosulphate is that it will only
break the chlorine/ammonia bond thus neutralising the chlorine but leave
behind the ammonia. If the ammonia level is high then it can kill your fish.
I guess in well established aquarium the biological filtration may in some
cases handle the extra ammonia but in new or somewhat overcrowded tanks,
this could be a problem. It probably also depends on what quantity of
chloramine your local water board uses. If you don't want to use a
Chloramine remover then to be on the safe side you should test you ammonia
levels after using the Sod thiosulphate.

Adrian.
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