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Old 05-02-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Mineral water top up's

I have been using mineral water to top up my tank for a while,but I noticed on the back of the bottle jt reads nitrate 29!!!! This is bad no?? My Lfs said topping with mineral is good !!
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I have been using mineral water to top up my tank for a while,but I noticed on the back of the bottle jt reads nitrate 29!!!! This is bad no?? My Lfs said topping with mineral is good !!
Does anyone know weather or not this is bad or not??
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:05 PM   #3
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I use ro/di or spring water for my sw top offs. I'm not sure that mineral water is good for a sw tank. have you tested the water for nitrates?
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I also use RO DI but also top up with mineral water which I'm pretty sure is the same as spring water. My levels seem ok but the fact that the mineral values on back of bottle read 29 for nitrates I thought was a bit scary is that a normal reading for nitrate in bottled water??
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29 what? If it's 29ppm, that's beyond the Federal limits in the US for tap water. But "mineral water", I believe, falls under different regulations since it's "natural" and probably avoids major regulation.

I wouldn't use bottled water meant for drinking for top offs. Most of the bottled waters start out as RO/DI water, but then mineral and compounds are added back in to give the water a more desirable flavor for drinking. Good for flavor, but bad for purity - if that's what you're after.
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Right on...don't use it. Striped water is what you need to use as make up water. RO/DI if possible. You can drink RO but it tastes terrible. They add minerals back to this stuff or just bottle whatever comes out of the spring to make it taste good. Both are bad ideas as make up water.

I think investing in at least a RO unit is one of the basic parts of aquarium operations. Spend $50 less on that clam you HAVE to have and buy a RO.
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I use a water meter and pay for any water used I hear the units throw alot away which I would pay for I bug RO water but when I run out I would top up with mineral until I read the 29 nitrate level it's mg/l !!
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Sorry"I BUY RO water that should say!
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:55 PM   #9
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They waste a trickle of water daily. Like having a dripping water faucet. Convenience makes up for it and it is far safer to add to your tank.
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Ok it's on my list! For now I've seen a brand of wTef that reads < 0.1 nitrate I'll go with that!
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