I am almost done setting up my 55 gallon Saltwater tank with 20 Gallon sump. I have read over and over that Using 100% RO
water is highly recommended as it will prevent algae outbreaks or any algae at all. My main concerns are:
1. I have an RO
Unit, but it it only has a 2 gallon pressurized tank storage (takes about 3-4 hours to fill), and I don't want to have buckets and buckets and jugs upon jugs of water laying around everywhere while I wait to do a water change or initial tank set up.
2. I don't want to buy RO
water or Saltwater from my local fish stores for the initial tank set up or to do the massive water changes that come with doing fish less cycling. This is the biggest reason that I bought my own RO
unit to begin with.
3. I'm obviously not going to use 100% tap water in my SL tank, but is it a bad idea to do a compromise and use 50/50 RO
and tap water mix in my SL tank?
4. Besides algae problems, what other issues can occur if I don't use 100% RO
water when doing PWC
or with initial setup. Any info that anyone can provide me would be extremely appreciated.
5. When I mix my salt with my RO
water and let it fully dilute in a couple days, my PH goes from 6.8(RO
water) to 8.0-8.3(result from salt mix). If my tap water is normally about 8.3-8.6, will adding salt increase it substantially?