Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 12-31-2010, 07:57 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
lbannie's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 465
Water Question?.....

Hi Everyone....haven't been here in a while. New question: When I started my 30 gal tank (1 year ago! YAY!) I used water from the tap. We have a private well. I have to be honest, I didn't do PWC's as I should have and developed a lot of algae. So I started buying RO water from walmart. I've been religiously doing water changes every week 3-5 gallons. I've learned how important water changes are! So my question is that I bought a home water testing kit and tested my water......and the results are:
Bacteria = negative
Lead = negative
Pesticides = negative
Chlorine = 0
Nitrate = 0
Nitrite = 0
Copper = 0
Alkalinity = 180 ppm
Hardness = 3 grains (50ppm)
Ph = 8
Iron = 0

so.... do you think my water is safe to use?

Thanks guys

lbannie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2010, 12:40 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
cmor1701d's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,812
Get some quality sw test kits and test the water after it's been mixed to 1.025 (checked by a refractometer). for pH, Alk, Ca, PO4 (phosphate), nitrite and nitrate.

Home testing kits are meant to give you numbers safe for human consumption. Based on your current numbers I would say the water if OK. But what will the numbers be a month from now, or a year from now?
Well water comes from an underground aquifer. That aquifer could become contaminated upstream and the plum would travel down to you in time.

Your numbers seem to be from a simple lab test. In NJ a much more complete and complex lab test for known carcinogens must be done (on a sale of the home). That test cost ~$1,000.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question on RO water versus tap water mom2reds Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 12 11-13-2006 11:18 PM
Adding water after water change-- different question joedarat Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 11-04-2004 05:37 PM
Mixing water for water change question. TygGer Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 9 06-22-2004 12:18 AM
Quick question on water clarity with salt water tanks ... jen-213 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 5 06-02-2003 10:08 AM
Water Question vermonter310 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 1 12-02-2002 03:37 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.