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Old 03-15-2013, 02:33 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Dav3 View Post
in my opinion you should stop what you're doing. If you plan on corals and even an anemone then dump the tap water and start over. Please do more research before continuing. Starting with tap water you are setting yourself up for failure. You need rodi water to start with which you should be able to purchase from a lfs.
+1 To Dav3

DO NOT Start off a tank with tap water and conditioner. Tap water contains too many nutrients ( stuff you want to be as low as possible always 0 if possible), plus phosphates. These things will cause you problems, like hair algae, cloudy water, etc... and your cleanup crew just can't keep up. Especially if these bad pollutants are in the tank and you continually add them with tap water top offs and water changes.

To avoid as many problems as possible do it right the 1st time and just use (and only use), RO/DI = Reverse Osmosis-De-Ionized water. Most of the time, you can get it from your LFS (Local Fish Shop), they also should carry premixed salt water using their own RO/DI filtered water. If you buy their salt water, make sure to get some plain RO/DI water from them for topping off your tank from evaporation.

The other alternative is distilled water. Grocery stores and pharmacies carry this but it's a lot more expensive than buying it from a LFS. But it's the only alternative (IMO) if your not able to get RO/DI water.

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