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Old 02-24-2007, 01:07 AM   #1
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Tap water conditioner

Hey I have yet to use a tap water conditioner and I just got one is it ok to just add in the middle of my cycle?
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as in a dechlorinator?
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It should not be a problem to add it now. I would strongly suggest switching to RO/DI water from here on out. Most city tap water and well water is full of heavy metals, chemicals, NO3 and PO4. All of which will bring challenges to you down the road. I can not over-emphisize the importance of quality source water as it pertains to the long-term success of your tank.
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I totally agree! With all the money that IS GOING to be put into your tank, why not start off the right way and spend a little bit more usually only about $100 for a RO/DI filter of your own and then you will have one less thing to worry about.
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I would have done that but I was never told that by any of the fish stores. Where can I get that and do you think not doing this is going to create problems?
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Quality source water is often overlooked in the begining. While not very "glamerous", an RO/DI is the best purchse you can make for your tank.
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Yes. High levels of NO3 and PO4 are often present in tap water. Both of which feed unwanted algae.
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It should not be a problem to add it now. I would strongly suggest switching to RO/DI water from here on out. Most city tap water and well water is full of heavy metals, chemicals, NO3 and PO4. All of which will bring challenges to you down the road. I can not over-emphisize the importance of quality source water as it pertains to the long-term success of your tank.
I agree. Tap water will bring all those things that Brian just mentioned and problems down the road.
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ok but for now since I didnt do that is their anything I should do? Should I start over?
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I would not start over. But I would look into getting RO/DI water either from buying an RO/DI unit or getting your water from your LFS. Some places like Walmart have RO water that is fairly cheap. I just dont know if they are dilligent in replacing filters and membranes.
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