How to turn tap water into the right aquarium water
Depending on the country and region you live in, your tap water may contain unsuitable or harmful substances for your aquarium inhabitants. A water conditioner can neutralise these problem substances and turn your tap water into aquarium water.
But even then it is still tap water (without pollutants), not tropical water with the typical humic substances that are staples for most tropical fish! Therefore, with JBL Tropol there is a tropical water conditioner that cannot bind any pollutants, but adds the essential humic substances to your water so that your fish feel at home, show more beautiful colours, grow healthier and also reproduce. And don't worry: JBL Tropol does not turn your aquarium water brown like the blackwater in South America. It only supplements the important humic substances so that your water remains crystal-clear and only gets a barely visible brown tinge - we promise!
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These substances can be present and this is how you can solve the problem
Depending on the quality and location, tap water contains several substances we could well do without in the aquarium. Furthermore some types of water may be unsuitable for the fish, plants and invertebrates you keep.
When and how exactly is the water conditioner used?
If you use a bucket to carry out your partial water change it’s simple: always add your dose of water conditioner to the bucket, e.g. for the 10 l bucket contents. However, if you are using a hose, add your dose of water conditioner to the aquarium after the siphoning and BEFORE you add new water.
This way, harmful substances in the tap water, such as chlorine or lead, can be bound immediately before they cause any damage. However this method could prove fatal for shrimps and invertebrates, since they must NOT come into contact with any copper present in the tap water. If you keep shrimps and invertebrates only the bucket method is possible, because here any copper in the bucket is bound by the water conditioner BEFORE it enters the aquarium.
Why do we need a water conditioner for the aquarium?
Have you found yourself asking whether you really need a water conditioner for your aquarium? Which substances in tap water are harmful for our aquarium inhabitants and how can they be neutralised?
Webinar about water treatment
Water treatment is explained here in detail with examples and small experiments. Biologist Heiko Blessin shows what a water conditioner does in a way that even non-chemists can understand. What effect does a water conditioner have on shrimps and why doesn’t the packaging of Catappa leaves say what they really do?