Originally Posted by kimberly
We used tap water, but we just got a RO
filter and as we do water changes we will be using RO
You will want to eventually add a DI
stage to the RO
system for tank water. RO
alone will not remove PO4
or silicates. It's not a must but it is a plus and reasonabley inexspensive. Just don't buy it from an LFS
We feed the fish a bit of this green frozen stuff that we got at lfs and some baby brine.
Depending on the fish you have/will be keeping, foods are quite important and should be tailored to a natural diet. The brine is not a good food source as it contain very little usable protein and not much nutritional value at all. If available switch to mysis shrimp for small meat eaters which has a much higher protien content. The "green" food is most likely a herbavor preparation which could be a good addition. Do you know the brand name?
If you want to be sure the foods you feed are high in nutritional value without the problem of adding "algae fuel", I would highly recommend making your own.
I just want to have good info before I go there so that I can make more informed decisions and not buy what they tell me I have to have, kwim?
Best suggestion there is never buy on impulse. If the LFS
recommends or suggests something, simpley thank them without purchasing it. Then as you've done here, research the "need" for for they suggested and see if it applies to your tank. As far as the PO4
test, personally I wouldn't bother. Since you've been using tap water, I can assure you it's there without testing for it. Selecting appropriate foods and eventually getting the DI
attachment for the water purifier will eliminate it.