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Old 04-10-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Is using tap water so bad?

Can i get away with using tap water with additives for my saltwater? there is no way im paying for the reverse osmosis unit i saw online lol
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The problem is that tap water has a lot of silicates, chloromines, phosphates etc that all will cause you a LOT of algae problems.

Without RODI you're going to run into a lot of issues down the road. Any way you could buy salt/rodi water from your fish store?
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I work for a water municipality and wrote this article. It might help you to understand the problems with tap water in the reef.

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hmm ill have to check, its kind of inconvienent when ill do PWC's, idk if i saw any at petco
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so if i use distilled water it wood acceptable?
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Question sorry to piggyback your thread i have an RO unit how much more does an RO/Di unit remove? or is it not worth the upgrade
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You can find a RO/DI unit on ebay for $100. Look for purewaterclub.com on ebay. I have one of their units and am satisfied with it.
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To be honest if you can't justify spending $100 on an RO/DI unit,how are you going to justify spending more on stuff to remove all the algae your gonna get.
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To be honest if you can't justify spending $100 on an RO/DI unit,how are you going to justify spending more on stuff to remove all the algae your gonna get.
i really think it depends on the city water quality because some people use tap water and have no problem others have algae issues but i do think spending money on an RO unit at the least is a very sound investment
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i really think it depends on the city water quality because some people use tap water and have no problem others have algae issues but i do think spending money on an RO unit at the least is a very sound investment
Reef - tap water = A, have you ever seen a corral reef around garbage :-( it just doesn't work.

There are way to much chlorine,metals,phosphate, and other crap that is not good in saltwater....

And if you thinking about a reef tank there's no way it would work...most stuff in tap water will kill or stump the growth of your corrals---- btw I don't even think you can put SPS corals with tap they would just die.......

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