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Old 11-14-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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Using My Tap Water for a Reef

Before I get mauled by die-hard reefers, know that I WILL be using RO and was simply wondering how my tap water stacks up.






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Old 11-14-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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Copper is going to be a problem for you.
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Any of those metals will be a problem. Heavy metals that get added to your tank just stay there. They dont just vanish. An accumulation of them can cause a crash. I work for a water municipality so I know. Keep using the RO.
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Is it like horrifically bad water though?


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Not bad for taking a shower in or for drinking but not ideal for our reef tanks IMO.
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not worth risking a reef for tap water you may think your saving some $ but are you

all those bad mineral's and heavy metals your coral will be highly effected and most likely any inverts you may choose

it may also shorten the life of the fish
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:34 PM   #7
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not worth risking a reef for tap water you may think your saving some $ but are you

all those bad mineral's and heavy metals your coral will be highly effected and most likely any inverts you may choose

it may also shorten the life of the fish

Yeah I'm well aware.

I've just been amazed at how people can run successful reefs for decades with tap water... I suppose if you do something wrong for long enough, it must end up going right.


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Yeah I'm well aware.

I've just been amazed at how people can run successful reefs for decades with tap water... I suppose if you do something wrong for long enough, it must end up going right.


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Just curious if anybody of them you know that are successful like you say.
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My reef is close to the 2 year mark for running on tap water, however my tap water is excellent. No heavy metals, 0 phosphate, 0 nitrate and it's definitely atypical as far as tap water goes. In fact, I wholeheartedly believe that my tap water is the sole reason why my tank has such low parameters. I believe that the added elements in my tap water allow my macro algae to grow enough to keep phosphate and nitrate at 0, in fact I have been dosing potassium nitrate into my tank daily to color up some of my SPS corals. I have not been able to feed enough food to ever have a rise in nitrite of phosphate ever since I started growing macro algae. I also do not run any filtration media to remove phosphates. But again, I would not expect people to have a similar experience to me.



With the copper and nitrate in your tap water not to mention the probable presence of phosphates it probably wouldn't be a good plan.
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My reef is close to the 2 year mark for running on tap water, however my tap water is excellent. No heavy metals, 0 phosphate, 0 nitrate and it's definitely atypical as far as tap water goes. In fact, I wholeheartedly believe that my tap water is the sole reason why my tank has such low parameters. I believe that the added elements in my tap water allow my macro algae to grow enough to keep phosphate and nitrate at 0, in fact I have been dosing potassium nitrate into my tank daily to color up some of my SPS corals. I have not been able to feed enough food to ever have a rise in nitrite of phosphate ever since I started growing macro algae. I also do not run any filtration media to remove phosphates. But again, I would not expect people to have a similar experience to me.



With the copper and nitrate in your tap water not to mention the probable presence of phosphates it probably wouldn't be a good plan.
Which part of Michigan are you from?
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