Advantages Removes potentially lethal toxins from tap water
Disadvantages Harmful to non aquatic pets and humans, limited to use with goldfish rather than all fish
Interpet have been manufacturing aquarium products since 1952, so with nearly 50 years worth of experience they are a trusted brand name for fish keepers. They offer a good selection of equipment and preparations beneficial to fish enthusiasts, and of course more importantly to the fish themselves.Tap Safe, in the Interpet Gold range of liquid based treatments, is an essential addition for goldfish tank/bowl water. It’s purpose is to remove the toxic chemicals found in tap water such as chlorine and heavy metals. Although harmless to humans, the toxins in tap water are harsh on the skin and gill membranes of the goldfish and if left untreated will in most cases cause the fish to succumb to any number of diseases from which they will probably die.
The initial use of the product is to dose the water before any goldfish are placed in the tank/bowl. You can measure doses with the pipette supplied, or the cap of the bottle. You require 1ml of Tap Safe per pint of tap water. The pipette is a 1ml measure, the cap is 4.5mls. Simply add the required amount to the tank/bowl.Further doses of Tap Safe are then required only when topping up the tank/bowl, or when carrying out a partial water change, in which case you use the appropriate dose for the quantity of tap water added, not the whole tank/bowl capacity. You might also consider an extra dose of Tap Safe if you think your goldfish are suffering with heavy metal poisoning, although symptoms of this can be similar to other disease/ailments so can be hard to diagnose.
The leaflet supplied with Interpet Gold treatments has advice on how to establish the volume of water in your tank/bowl, should you be unsure about it. It also contains information on the other liquid preparations available, and has a table of disease and symptoms which is helpful in making a diagnosis of ailment and taking remedial action, along with some general facts and tips about successfully keeping goldfish.Tap Safe comes in a 100ml bottle so it will treat 100 pints of water, which for the average home fish enthusiast will enable tank/bowl set-up and a number of top ups/partial water changes to be carried out. It costs less than £2.00 and is available from pet/aquatic shops and some supermarkets. Tap Safe is harmless to plants and filter material that you may have in your tank/bowl and can be used safely with other treatments in the Interpet Gold range.
Interpet treatments are value for money, but as with any medication should be treated with care. Storage should be in a cool dark place, and away from the reaches of children and pets. If the product is accidentally swallowed, contact your GP (or vet in the case of your pet) and give both the name and code number (found on the bottle and box) of the product. This will allow correct advice to be given.
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