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RE: [APD] chloramine and ick meds, plants

although I'm not going to be of much help with your questions I do have one
of my own. If you buy fish that show no signs of Ich then why do you add Rid
Ich to your quarantine tank?. I quarantine my fish for 2 to 3 weeks and if
something shows up I treat for it, if not then they are added to my other


-----Original Message-----
From: aquatic-plants-bounces+rick703=mts_net at actwin.com
[mailto:aquatic-plants-bounces+rick703=mts_net at actwin.com]On Behalf Of
Christine Martens
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2004 2:48 PM
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Subject: [APD] chloramine and ick meds, plants

Hello aquatic plant enthusiasts:

My water service recently began adding chloramine to our water. I use
AmQuel to treat water for regular maintenance changes. But I am about to
add new fish, and my routine (having learned from past disasters) is to
quarantine new fish in a separate tank with Rid-Ich for 7 to 10 days before
adding to the main tank. AmQuel removes or inactivates malachite green, the
active ingredient. So I need a new routine.

Should I use Copper Safe in my quarantine tank? What other suggestions do
you have? Obtaining RO water would be difficult. Although I've had very
little problem with disease over the many years of maintaining fish, I do
need to be prepared to treat ick and other diseases when they are first
noticed. It seems that chloramine and AmQuel make this more difficult.

I keep plants in my regular aquarium as well. Does chloramine affect them
negatively? I have found nothing on this subject at all.

My outdoor pond, with cheap "feeder" goldfish and water lilies, loses
considerable water due to evaporation and probably a leak somewhere in the
system. Do I really need to treat all the water I need to replenish it each
month, or does chloramine react with organics and bacteria in the pond

Thanks for all info (including good links if this has been discussed


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