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Old 09-18-2006, 05:42 PM   #11
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the main problem with dechlor. tap water is that the disolved solids in the water will be high and most tap water contains phosphate. both of these will contribute to all types of algae problems. you could try it but once you get hair algae growing on the rocks, its hard to get rid of the stuff.

are you running a skimmer? this would help. i have known people to run saltwater tanks with tap and well water along with a good protein skimmer with success. it depends on the quality of your tap water.
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Old 09-18-2006, 08:35 PM   #12
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I use a 50 micron filter mat in my wet/dry and an internal protein skimmer. I also have a clean-up crew. So far, you couldn't find a speck of algae in my tank. It is so free of algae that I put seaween into the tank every night so that my critters don't starve to death. So far my Electric Blue Crabs have eaten several of my snails. Don't want to lose any more.
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Old 09-19-2006, 12:46 AM   #13
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the main problem with dechlor. tap water is that the disolved solids in the water will be high and most tap water contains phosphate. both of these will contribute to all types of algae problems. you could try it but once you get hair algae growing on the rocks, its hard to get rid of the stuff.
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really? ive never had algae in my fw tanks, is saltwater more prone to algae?
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Old 09-19-2006, 01:24 AM   #14
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Usually yes because of the amount of light required to support corals.

Unlike FW, co2 is not used in high light situations,so algea will thrive if not starved.The purer water (rodi) keeps the water nutrient free and helps keep the algea in check regardless of the wpg.

At least thats my generic understanding of it all.

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Old 09-19-2006, 08:28 PM   #15
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so algea will thrive if not starved.
thanks for the reply could you repeat that part though?

i dont plan on keeping corals for the time being, as i would like to keep this as an intro to sw fish on a minimum budget. and halogen lighting is just too expensive to buy and use.

as of my not keeping coral, and wanting to be cheap, will tap water really be that bad?
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:19 AM   #16
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Whoops...missed the question.

Well thats a little tough to answer...or at least for me it is anyway.I'm pretty new to the salty side thing myself.

I think if your are not keeping corals it will be ok.Inverts I just don't know enough to reply about.Small amounts of metals can mean death so I guess that will depend on the tap water quality.

[I'm just typing what i'm thinking so I also expect a correction or agreemeant form somebody who actually knows]

You certainly will not be the first to start with tap...Heck even I did that with the 90,but I saw the need for RO/DI so it was a no brainer here.My bud also started with tap and has the situation you discribe (low lights,just normal NO aquarium hood) and he still had a pretty bad algea problen setting in.He just did his first PWC with the RO so I can't really report if it helped or not just yet,but I'm confidant it will.

The store I was riding to sold both premixed salt and fresh RO/DI.The cost was 75 cents and 25 cents per gallon respectivly.I bought the fresh and mixed it myself.

For ten gallons thats $2.50 and thats for a complete start up in your case.PWCs will be even cheaper.

Long post a bit longer,You will "probably" be just fine....but at the price of RO in such small quanities I'd start with the good stuff right off the bat.

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thanks for the reply, i havent seen RO water at the lfs, but then again the ones i go to cater to fw and sw. i know there are some sw only stores around, so i'll have to check those out. thanks for the tip
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Old 09-24-2006, 11:54 PM   #18
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If they sell premixed SW it should be from RO/DI (At least I'd hope so).

The two strores I've been in that offer both don't really advertise it fwiw....or at least I never noticed it.
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