With no treatment, chlorine dissapates after about a day or two. Chloramine can last for weeks in the water. I had been using Chlor-Out which only treats chlorine, as my dechlorinator not realizing our local water uses chloramine. So maybe that’s why I was getting all that meltage. I’ve ordered Seachem’s Prime which treats chloramine. Hang in there little plants!
This is why I’m not getting animals until the plants get established. If whatever it is I’m doing can’t support plants, it’d be a wonder how animals could survive. Not totally sound logic given that plants like ammonia and animals would belly up with ammonia but, at least it’ll get me that much closer to creating an environment that can sustain animals.