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Old 05-15-2011, 07:01 PM   #1
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Creating new water

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So for my 55g tank, I want to make a holding tank for new saltwater so I don't have to make it up as I go along. I have a big tub, some salt, and a 450gph submersible pump. Is this adequate?

Also, aside from the chlorine&chloramines, is there anything I have to worry about with tap water? I can treat for heavy metals if necessary. I just really want to find a way around the whole lugging of hundreds of lbs of water. I have the algae from tap water solved so no worry there. Input? Btw this is not a reef tank. FOWLR
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:25 PM   #2
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yeah heavy metals and nitrates/phosphates in the tap water.

treat the tap water with a reverse osmosis system. i really dont' get why so many peopel fight getting and would rather "treat" the water. in the long run the $200 you'd spend on the RO/DI would be well worth the hassles of treating the water and or dosing it when you have high levels of garbage in your water columb
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I dont own the home, I cant put in an ro/di
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:37 PM   #4
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you can get portable RO/DI units

5 Stage Portable RO DI Reverse Osmosis System 75 GPD

you can also put a hose end on the end and just hook the RO/DI to a garden hose when you need to make water
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:44 PM   #5
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ok, and barring that, can I use tap water? Will it kill my fish?
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not your fish, they will be able to handle it but if you plan on goign FOWLR or reef then the inverts and critters on the rock will not be able to handle the copper in the water
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So...i treat(ya, I know) for heavy metals... Is ok then?
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yeah heavy metals and nitrates/phosphates in the tap water.

treat the tap water with a reverse osmosis system. i really dont' get why so many peopel fight getting and would rather "treat" the water. in the long run the $200 you'd spend on the RO/DI would be well worth the hassles of treating the water and or dosing it when you have high levels of garbage in your water columb
alot of reasons some dont know about ro water, some people cant afford it some peoples tap water in their local area is fine for them i know when i lived in new orleans i used tap water on my reef tank for a year and i never had algae problems that doesnt mean everyone should do that but in the city i live in now (atlanta) the tap water has 1.0 phosphates off the bat so i cant use it
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yuo can't really remove att the heavy metals from the water. in my oppinion its just mor headaches to try then to just get an Ro/DI system
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I bought this portable unit: 0PPM Portable 100GPD Reverse Osmosis DI Filter PO4B-100 | eBay
Affordable, hooks up to the faucet really easy with their $10 2-way switch adapter and I don't have to worry about water quality. It saves money in the long run.
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