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Old 04-14-2005, 02:26 PM   #1
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starting out, water change?

I am gonna do a water change on my tank since I started out with stress coat and stress zyme and the ph 8.2( I listened to people who obviously didn't know) I knew better actually.. I know that salt water fish don't have slime as freshwater do so that osmosis of water can take place... now what I need to know is should I do a complete or partial water change? I have a 55gal with a 75gal rated sump..just set up last night.I'm gonna do the fishless cycle.. when I bought this stuff I didn't know as much as I do now.. I now have plain old tap water conditioner.
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Old 04-14-2005, 02:28 PM   #2
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will this mess up my live sand? I have 60lbs
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Old 04-14-2005, 03:31 PM   #3
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hiyas...
personally i just would not use tap water of ANY kind....
tap water conditioner is no use whatsoever..u just adding chemicals into the water...do yourself a favour..go buy some RO water and replace it all....and while it is maturing save up for a RO unit...) from ere
http://www.ro-man.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=90
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Old 04-14-2005, 03:36 PM   #4
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don't really have a place for RO water.. maybe walmart?
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I started with tap for my cycle then have been using distilled water since. All is well with that. I would recommend starting with the distilled or RO if possible.
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Old 04-14-2005, 04:42 PM   #6
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Ok.. I'll just use this tap water and distilled after I start water changes... so many opinions.. just talked to another guy at a saltwater speciality store in ATL and he told me that I didn't need to do the water change to get the stress coat out, it wasn't good to start with it but didn't need to be removed..and to go get some carbon to put in my sump
and that I shoulda started out with RO water...It's gonna be a couple of months before I put my first fish in anyways so I'm ok I think..
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I would not worry much about the stress coat either. As I said before the ideal thing is to use ro/di or distilled. All other water types may cause problems with algae. Your plan is how I did it and I had to deal with the algae but it will work out. Good luck
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if you have a walmart near by, a friend of mine told me to buy the the RO water there.... it's cheaper at walmart than any other place.(the one with the purple cap)
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ok.. thank u all.. I just decided to remove chlorine chemically from the tap water and then just put some activated carbon in the sump to remove chemicals.. maybe this'll work well enough..
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