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Old 04-18-2011, 10:08 AM   #1
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Anyone use dichlor for freshwater tank maintenance?

Owning a pool and hot tub, I have become a big fan of Sodium Dichloro-s-triazinetrione (dichlor) for sanitation. It's basically pure chlorine with out the crazy pH and salts found in liquid bleach. It mixes with water quickly and is relatively safe (for chlorine anyway).

I've started using it for sanitizing my freshwater tank and system in the spring. So far, I'm loving it compared to hassle of liquid bleach which I've used for years. Much easier to do the final rinse out and far less odor.

I'm not looking for a liquid vs powder debate because it's all just chlorine. We are debating our preference for the carrier.

But I was wondering if anyone on here has used 1/4 - 1/8 teaspoon of dichlor at fill up from well water fed campgrounds? Besides any possible "nasties" in the well water it would also knock out anything that might have started in the tank between trips. I've read about the practice online and was curious if it's a good idea or overkill. We only use our freshwater tank for dishes, toilet, shower, and maybe rinsing after brushing. While a pool has 2-4 ppm of chlorine, I would shoot for around 1-2 ppm similar to chlorinated city water. I was reading EPA allows up to 4ppm for drinking water. Seems awfully high to me!

Any thoughts?
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