Dichlorinator - Sodium Thiosulphate

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    Good evening every one.

    So here is the deal, as everyone would know, the planted tank goes with alot of water changes... This means that you need alot of new water that needs to be dechlorinated.
    I bought a 500ml bottle of Tetra aqua safe for R348. Dosing is 5ml per 10L of water. So for my 350L system, I need to dose 175ml. This alone would bankrupt me within the first 6months.

    So I know if you let your water stand for atleast 24hrs, the water would be good to go.

    I also know that all dechlorinators are Sodium Thiosulphate or a solution thereof.

    My question os where would I be able to obtain Sodium Thiosulphate?

    What does everybody use?
     
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    Have a look at Seacham Prime. 5ml for every 200l. Really doing the job for me.

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    No Jakes,

    You are wrong. All dechlorinators do not only contain Sodium thiosulphate, there are a variety of other things that are also added, so it is not as simple as that.

    More and more municipalities are adding chloramine T to sterilize tapwater, as it is more stable and therefore works for longer. In SA we have a worsening water supply in that much of the water from dams is contaminated with sewage, and so we must be thankful for the addition of chloramine T. However Sodium thiosulphate is not effective against chloramine T and other oxidizers have to be added, but these damage the fishes so then other substances are again added to protect the slime coat of the fishes.

    So compare prices, shop around you will be needing the stuff, and the cheaper it is the less effective it will be. Chloramine T is also used in the UK and the USA so the dechlorinators from overseas all cover the chloramine T problem, but the el cheapo local dechlorinators will most probably not work.

    Your Biochemistry professor,

    Dirk
     
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    Insightfull @Dirk B.
    What are you using professor?
     
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    Nothing, my water comes from the tap chlorine free, because I live high up on the slopes of the Helderberg in Somerset West. S/W uses straight old chlorine to sterilize the tapwater and it then gets pumped from one reservoir to the next up the hill to me. By the time it reaches my house, no more chlorine and I add the water straight into my discus tanks, no problems.

    Try that is Brits and you won't have a fish left within 6 hours....
     
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    I use seachem safe. It's way more concentrated than prime.quarter teaspoon per 1250l water. 1kg lasts me 6months R1000 or so

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    Nothing --- but water gets filtered via a counter top water filter. This the directly into my tanks. Careful in the winter the temp shock is a reality.

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    Thanks all.

    Seems like the Seachem safe is the better option.
     
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    If I didn't find safe I'd be homeless by now lol

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    Safe and prime. The liquid is easier IMO but the powder is cheaper
     

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