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Old 10-19-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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I got a gallon of distilled water today and I was wondering if it is safe to use to do a water change on my 10 gallon tank? It's planted with a 4" BN pleco and 6 pygmy cories with a aquaclear 110 on it. I plan on getting another RO/DI unit soon but until I do will using distilled water hurt? My tap water is very high TDS and PH 8.5 hence why I got the unit.

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I think it would be ok as sounds like you are mixing to achieve a lower TDS?
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:35 AM   #3
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Yes I will add the minerals like I do with my RO/DI water. My tap water has 480 TDS hence why I got the RO/DI unit which I was using until a plumber broke it fixing the sink last week :-(. So I just ordered a new one and it should be here Saturday but today is water change day so I am gonna do a small gallon water change just to hold them over until Sunday when I do my normal water change. Thank you

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Perfectly ok....I do it all the time.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:40 AM   #5
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I'm assuming you got a reverse osmosis filtration. If there is a carbon filter before the reverse osmosis filter every thing is fine, I believe there is. Otherwise you'll still be putting Cl in your tank...
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:47 PM   #7
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Yes but I am using store bought distilled until my new unit is hooked up tomorrow

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Yes I use 50/50 with tap water and it's fine
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I used 1 gallon added to the tank and everyone looks fine

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Test it first...

I got some distilled from Walmart to use on my SW tank and it had 0.50ppm ammonia straight from the jug. Not just one jug either they all did.


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I added Prime to be safe but ty

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Test it first...

I got some distilled from Walmart to use on my SW tank and it had 0.50ppm ammonia straight from the jug. Not just one jug either they all did.


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Wow! Thanks for the heads up. Next ammonia test I'll add in a test for the distilled water. Should be ok but just in case.
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