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Old 01-05-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Tap water !!!!!

Sincerely i see the benefiet to the water, but cmon ppl, is it really this heated of a debate ? I like to think so, ive seen about a dozen reef tanks, all with local tap water treated with prime, something tells me im doing something right, no chemical media in my tank and my phosphates are next to zero. Heres a few pics, this is a small nano that requires heavy daily maintance due to water volume only. Heres a look
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appears you have a diatom bloom on the sand bed. Of course this can happen with RO water as well. Regardless tap water is different depending on the source and where you live. If it works for you, that's great. Many people just prefer to play it safe.
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Sincerely i see the benefiet to the water, but cmon ppl, is it really this heated of a debate ? I like to think so, ive seen about a dozen reef tanks, all with local tap water treated with prime, something tells me im doing something right, no chemical media in my tank and my phosphates are next to zero. Heres a few pics, this is a small nano that requires heavy daily maintance due to water volume only. Heres a look
I doubt you would have much success with harder to keep coral not to mention algae that will inevitably come in to play down the road Ive personally never seen anyone have longterm success using only tapwater but who knows good luck
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Diatom bloom is now under control, my astrea snails are cleanin it right up, as for the coral, ive had good luck so far, ill keep a diary to see how it does !
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If you are able to do well with tap water...man you are lucky. I run my water through a 5 stage RO/DI and still have minor issues from what is coming out of there. Fresh resin and filters won't get the water to 0 TDS, always .04. That is how bad some water supplies are. This water source also won an award in the mid 90's for being some of the best water around or something like that...been awhile since I thought about it, but puts things into perspective.
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it seems a little premature, in my opinion, to say anything is being done right. Keep adding tap water and see how things are going a year from now. Skimping on the environment that everything lives in cant work long term. Especially in a smaller tank.

I stopped doing reef several years ago, but used to use tap water. I did not start to see problems until about 16 months in. That was back before all this great info was available on the Internet, so you were kinda on your own to figure things out. I never would have gone that route had all this info been available back then.
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it seems a little premature, in my opinion, to say anything is being done right. Keep adding tap water and see how things are going a year from now. Skimping on the environment that everything lives in cant work long term. Especially in a smaller tank.
+1. Even the best of municipal water systems have trace amounts of some pretty bad stuff which you & I can handle, but can (and will) accumulate in your rocks & livestock.... particularly metals like copper from the pipes your water runs through.
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What about distilled water from the grocer? I just cant afford an ro di unit nor would my dad let me have one and install it and or pay for the usage costs?
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What about distilled water from the grocer? I just cant afford an ro di unit nor would my dad let me have one and install it and or pay for the usage costs?
Not the greatest option, but much better than tap..... Do any of your lfs's sell RODI water?
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