Chlorine (You better know about this).
When water comes out of your hose, in most areas, it's "city water". This means that it is accumulated by and "made drinkable" by the city. Then the water is supplied to your house. They almost invariably "chlorinate" the water. This means they add chlorine (and sometimes chloramines) to the water. These compounds are supposed to make the water safe for you to drink and use. Chlorine and Chloramine are toxic to fish.
Advanced Aquascape™ pond, two-belly design, 6x6 upflow aggregate filter w/ 9,000gph pump feeding falls.

So; every time you add new water from the hose or the tap, you should apply some "dechlorinator" to the volumne of water you're adding. Dechlorinators are inexpensive and effective. It is not possible to use 'too much' dechlorinator because this compound, (Sodium thiosulfate) is not toxic to fish.

Experienced advice: Always treat incoming city water with a sodium thiosulfate based dechlorinator. Never skimp. You'll hear the pundits say that you can mist or spray the water through the air into the pond and that will neutralize the Chlorine. THis is true to a very limited extent and does not consider that municipalities will add variable amounts of Chlorine and Chloramine to the water depending upon how the water checks out that day. Again, to compensate this variable; always dechlorinate.

Dechlorinate every time you do a water change. Dechlorinator is cheap and it's easy and safe to use.

If you use the continuous water replacement method described elsewhere in the site, wherein you run a thin 1/8th line to a pond and run a smalll amount of water at all times, replacing 10-20% per week; you will never have to worry about this because using that method, only 2% or less of your water will be chlorinated.

Quick Resources at a Glance

Please fill your contact information
Email   *
Select Mail Lists for subscribe : 
Dr Johnson's Wet Pets, Family Pets and Stuff For Vets List  - Newsletter opt in list for notices of interest to pond, pet and vet people.
Johnson Vet Services
Use this link to feedback for JVS services, staff, pricing, products, etc. For existing customers. Will not function as a means of consultation.
Doc's Book
"Koi Health & Disease" my second book title. It's a thick book with Koi and pond fish disease information and "how to" instructions on bringing Koi back to health. Digital copy from iTunes and Barnes & Noble with instant delivery, HALF the cover price.
Domain Names Available
I don't have a business selling domain names but there's ways to lease or use some of mine. Believe me, I can't fill them all!

Home Search Contact Best Buys Downloads

© 2009 All Rights Reserved JVS LLC Dr. Erik L. Johnson

CPA & Wealth Management Services to the Kennesaw / Townelake