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Old 02-19-2005, 11:04 PM   #1
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ro filter

im new to this and iwas gonna use live sand and some decorative rock but do i need a reverse osmosis fliter or can i use tap water? should i just test the tap somehow to make sure it is cool and if so what do i look for?

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We usually recommend using RO water in any SW tank. True, if you have exceptionally good tap water, you can get away with using it. Tap water quality can vary a good bit though...the RO water will always be good.

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RO/DI water is certainly preferred. Most tap water is high in nitrtates, phosphates, heavy metals and other things. If you are just starting a tank buying an RO/DI unit or just RO/DI water can be an added exspense that is not planned for. If you want, you can consider starting your tank with tap and then using Ro/DI for top-offs and water changes.
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