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Old 08-03-2016, 05:36 PM   #1
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Rodi or tap water

I'm setting up a nano tank tomorrow to start its cycle. I have access to an rodi unit however it will not be set up for a few more weeks. So can I simply use declorinated tap water and my salt mix to cycle the tank or should I purchase the over priced premixed saltwater from my lfs?


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Old 08-03-2016, 05:52 PM   #2
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Tap water is full on nitrates and phosphate that is definitely not needed in a marine tank.

Use RO Di or buy it in the tank will only ever be as good as the water used and no point starting off on the wrong foot.
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Old 08-03-2016, 06:47 PM   #3
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Just wait til the ro/di is set up. No need to overpay when you simply have to wait. This whole hobby is about patience, so might as well start with it now.
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I just called my lfs and found out that they use tapwater for their pre-mix salt water anyway. Lol. Looks like I'll be using tap water. It's easier on me and the fish I will be buying already living in it


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The algae will be loving that !!!
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I'm sure. Looks like I'll be doing a lot of algae scraping. Totally off topic..... What's a good creature (shrimp, snail, ect) that will eat algae?


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Use good quality water and keep nitrates and phosphates down as found in tap water and you will not have algae issues
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How do I keep phosphates down?


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Old 08-03-2016, 08:34 PM   #9
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Btw I'm running Purigen in the filter if that does anything


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