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Old 01-16-2005, 10:38 PM   #1
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I have been using tap water for water changes in my tank, but these diatoms are geting crazy. I can't afford an ro/di ubnit at the moment. I want to know if i buy distilled water at the grocery store will it work? The three fsh stores near me don't sell water. What do u think i should do?
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How old is the setup? You are going to have diatoms on a new setup no matter what water you use. Store bought water is fine.
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I have been using distilled and phosphate problems went away almost instantly
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it is about a month old. It just finished its cycle.
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Old 01-16-2005, 11:51 PM   #5
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TWP works well for a small tank as long as your tap water is not on the hard side.
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Old 01-16-2005, 11:59 PM   #6
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I'm using distilled water. Used it for fill up, using for top-off and water changes. Ordering an RO/DI in the next couple weeks, but the distilled has been great. WalMart has it for like 55 cents a gallon.

So yes, distilled will work, and I know WalMart's TDS is 0.
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I'm using distilled water. Used it for fill up, using for top-off and water changes. Ordering an RO/DI in the next couple weeks, but the distilled has been great. WalMart has it for like 55 cents a gallon.

So yes, distilled will work, and I know WalMart's TDS is 0.
Walmarts brand? Or do they have a fill up station?
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the bulk water fill-up stations are good, but sometimes they don't change the filter as often as they should, so while the water is still clean, it may not be true RO/DI water anymore.
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i am new to ro/di water, i want to know to we have to add buffer to the water after we mix with salt or usually don't have to?
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The salt mix should be all you add to the RO/DI water. Let it sit with a heater and ph for 24 hours before adding to the tank.
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