So many unnecessary chemicals

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So many unnecessary chemicals

Postby basja1991 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:53 pm

Hi All,

Ive been a member of the forum for a few months now and there seems to be so many chemicals and what not on the market. However i have never dosed my tank with anything other than good old tap water. Everything is growing fine, Plants and fish, and to date i have only lost one fish, a rather lethargic tetra whos death didnt come as a suprise. so my question is this, are the chemicals really worth the money? im based in essex which is quite a hard water area. anyone else not had the need to add any chemicals and thought it best to just let nature make its way.

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Re: So many unnecessary chemicals

Postby miskin » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:02 pm

I am in sussex, also hard water and I use tap water treated with tapsafe. otherwise no chemicals at all. ( other than treatments if needed )
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Re: So many unnecessary chemicals

Postby moocowmoneybox » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:28 pm

just dechlorinator here
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Re: So many unnecessary chemicals

Postby Angel Fish » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:21 pm

I only use dechlorinator too :)
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Re: So many unnecessary chemicals

Postby englishmx » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:30 pm

And again...Dechlorinator only :wink:
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Re: So many unnecessary chemicals

Postby Angel Fish » Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:51 pm

I just want to add that simply adding tap water doesn't "let nature make its way". Nature doesn't have Chlorine or Chloramine in its water, nor does it have a lot of the other man-made additives like Flouride (which can cause lots of dental problems when too much is ingested).

I got this piece of information from DEFRA:

On the 11th of February 2010, in the Chigwell area, "chemicals" were found in the drinking water. It affected 15,000 homes and took five weeks to be sorted out. The "Risk Classification" for this problem was classed as serious.


It took five weeks for them to find out what the chemicals were and where they'd come from - I certainly wouldn't want to risk the health of my family or my fish by using untreated water.
I lived in Essex for a large part of my youth and I never did a water change without decent dechlorinator - it wasn't worth the risk of poisoning my tank.

If you follow my link, you'll see that there are 92 pages of reports for problems with tap water all over England and Wales ........ Do you really want to risk it?


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