Chlorine & Chloramine Kill!

What is Chloramine [ klôr′ə-mēn′ ]?

It is a way to bond chlorine to water. We remember when Chloramines first started to be used in the 1980’s. It is added by our metropolitan water districts in combination with chlorine to “sanitize” and disinfect the tap water that comes to your home and business. “Sanitize” means “kills everything” living without discretion, thus this means your fish too! Prior to that time Chlorine would rapidly dissipate from the water, but the Chloramines make it stay in the water for a longer period of time. Chloramines are a group of chemical compounds that contain Chlorine and Ammonia. Chloramine locks the Chlorine and Ammonia to the water molecule, so it stays active in the water for a longer period of time. Although we are told that the use of Chloramine in our water makes it “safer” for humans to drink (debatable given all the bottled water we buy), it is definitely harmful to fish. Chloramines are toxic to fish, because the fish will take up chloramines directly through their burned gills into their blood stream – not good! We recommend the water used for your pond should always be free from Chloramines. (See blog on how to treat for Chlorine & Chloramine)