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Old 12-15-2014, 05:17 AM   #1
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Emergency Water Question!!

I have a 55 gallon Reef tank and my RODI unit got messed up (Long Story). I need to make a few gallons of water right now but the only water the store has is Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water. They have their water quality reports online so I kinda trust them. This is just a temporary thing. Is spring water safe?

Their Quality Report.-----> http://cg.dev.nerdydragon.com/docs/D...EPORT-2014.pdf

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Old 12-15-2014, 05:32 AM   #2
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best bet is to test it with a TDS meter
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:36 AM   #3
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+1 get the TDS meter out


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Old 12-15-2014, 11:23 AM   #4
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you need to find distilled water
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:42 AM   #5
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Over the short term I'd say it's fine. I would still use some prime on it just to play it safe.

A stable tank however can easily go a few weeks without a water change.
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I may be wrong, but isn't all that info contained in the analysis report linked?


edit, yes it is
TDS=110-150


it's at the very bottom of the first page of the report
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It was an emergency situation. I only needed 2 gallons of it. This will be the only time I ever use it. I went with distilled.
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For future reference, this is what I do. I also have a 55G Reef tank, and I have multiple 1 gallon and 2.5 gallon containers with nothing but RO/DI water. On top of that I have a few 5 gallon containers with RO/DI water and two 7 gallon containers and two 6 gallon containers with saltwater. On top of that, I have 2 27gallon totes, 1 with RO/DI and the other with Saltwater, constantly mixing. Now, I'm not telling you to do what I do (as it may seem excessive) but it's good to have some backup water in case of a disastrous situation.
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you need to find distilled water
I run my tank on distilled walmart. It isn't best, but it does work. A year since my ro/di went down at least.
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I run my tank on distilled walmart. It isn't best, but it does work. A year since my ro/di went down at least.
I'm curious, how much is it per gallon.
I use either pre-mixed saltwater from the lfs at .50 a gallon or get it from the machine at the supermarket for .25 a gallon.
So when I figure in the cost of salt, averages about $18/50gal bag, it is cheaper for me to get water at the lfs.
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