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You might have thought you were feeding the best food? Or didn't know which one was best? Here's how to tell!

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.
So the thing about Aquascape ponds is that they're simple to manage and they bundle up all their serious cleaning to once a year instead of a "little each day". The fish are exposed to natural elements for better and worse. I think they're great for the majority of people but they're not for everyone.

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.

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