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Old 01-04-2014, 01:44 AM   #1
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Using distilled water instead of tap water for water changes.

I have high nitrates in my tap water. I was wondering if using distilled water instead if tap water is a option. If so how would I do it? Any info on the subject would be great. My only other options are a RO system, or using nitrate removing media filter in a separate tub. I think this might be simpler.
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:34 AM   #2
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Distilled is in the same boat as ro water. You would use it the same way. You can get ro water from grocery store dispensers at a cheaper price though. A cheap ro unit will cost about $100
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I have high nitrates in my tap water. I was wondering if using distilled water instead if tap water is a option. If so how would I do it? Any info on the subject would be great. My only other options are a RO system, or using nitrate removing media filter in a separate tub. I think this might be simpler.
Hello Cam...

Distilled water has most of the minerals removed, so it isn't sufficient to support a healthy water chemistry. Most aquarium fish will do fine in most public tap water supplies. They just require a stable water chemistry, not a particular chemistry. They've been doing this job since the water keeping hobby started.

Nitrate removing media is readily available. Acurel has a good product. I've used it for a long time with good results.

Just a thought, you're the head water keeper.

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