Here's a little update.
Starting fresh with a nice clean tank, I went to walmart and found a piece of foamy-cardboard like board stuff for $4 that I will be cutting to size and using as the background. I also went intending to buy some RO
or distilled water. Both were effing expensive so I left without it. They had that culligan machine which didnt specify TDS
or that it was even RO
. For all I know it can be filtered spring water. Anyways, it was $15 for the 19L jug and $3 for each fill. I would need 4 of those just to initially fill my tank and I would have to make multiple trips if only buying one jug. I'm not about to spend $40 on water. The distilled water was $4.17 for 10L which would again put me at around $40 to fill. On the way out I found pre-filled culligan water cooler jugs for $4.97 with a $10 deposit which would put me at $20 to fill. I can manage that but again it didn't say that it was RO
. The label said 0ppm fluoride and <10ppm TDS
. Is that good enough?
How crucial is it to use RO
or distilled or whatever? Should I have my tap water tested to see if its even necessary? Or can I use normal spring water? Could I get away with tap water treated with Prime and some carbon or anti-phosphate media in the filter?
Cost so far: $209