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Old 01-14-2013, 01:21 PM   #101
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Ok I'm going to pet store to get a book. Is there another way to cycle the tank I read it stinks and the aquarium is going to be in our bedroom
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #102
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and after it is cycled do I do a water change? if so can I get by with using tap water to cycle with?

And how do I rinse sand?
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:51 PM   #103
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Ok I called the lfs and asked if I could buy ro water and he asked why and told meto use tap water and he doesn't know where I can get ro water I live in the, middle of nowhere
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:03 PM   #104
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Ok I'm going to pet store to get a book. Is there another way to cycle the tank I read it stinks and the aquarium is going to be in our bedroom
You can buy straight ammonia and put it in there. Just make sure that there aren't any other ingredients and that it really is pure ammonia.

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and after it is cycled do I do a water change? if so can I get by with using tap water to cycle with?

And how do I rinse sand?
Tap water really isn't a good thing. It promotes the growth of algae that you do not want.

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Ok I called the lfs and asked if I could buy ro water and he asked why and told meto use tap water and he doesn't know where I can get ro water I live in the, middle of nowhere
Is there another lfs you can call? Most of the time you can get RO water from the water machines like the ones in Walmart.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:08 PM   #105
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Called Walmart and it is 11.50 for a 5 gallon jug of water. That's like $70 bucks for water I can't afford that
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:15 PM   #106
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Hopefully you should be able to find another grocery store or roadside machine that sells it. Most grocery stores have it for 25Ę a gallon. I've never heard of it being that pricy! Honestly, this is an important requirement for these systems. Saltwater is an expensive hobby.

The only fish stores that don't recommend using RO water are the ones that are either ignorant or just don't sell it.

You can rinse the sand in normal tap water in a "tank only" 5 gallon bucket. Don't use one that was used for anything like mopping floors.
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Never seen a roadside machine lol. I have a under counter water filter system that was in my house that has its own tap for like drinking water says it removes chlorine and stuff

I've got a 5 gallon bucket I use for my water changes on my freshwater tank
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:19 PM   #108
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Distilled water work? I can order 5 bottles from crystal springs and get 2 more free for 35$
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:35 PM   #109
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Is that distilled or spring water? Distilled is ok but spring water often has a high TDS. Are those 5 gallon bottles or one gallon jugs? Honestly, for that much money it may be worth looking into a cheap eBay type RO filter. BRS makes some of the best but they may be out of the price range you're looking to spend. The eBay ones are made cheap but are very low cost. If you don't have any good local places to buy water then a small RO can save you a whole lot of money, time and gas.
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Yea 5 gallon distilled not spring. The guy I got aquarium from has a 5 stage system he said he would sell for $100 but he won't be back from army for another 14 weeks
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