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Old 07-09-2008, 02:34 PM   #1
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Water Quality/Protien Skimmer

Hello I am new to the saltwater end of this as well as a new member here. I am planning on starting a 29g fish-only tank and was wondering if a protien skimmer is necessary. Also is RO/DI water is absoloutely necessary. Can I use tap water if I allow time for the chlorine to evaporate as I do with my freshwater fish? I have tested the water for phosphates and the results are negative. I have municipal water. Anything else I should be concerned about water-wise. I don't mind spending the money for a purification system it's the wasted water thing I am not fond of.

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Welcome to AA. IMO tap water should not be used. I work for a municipal water facility so I know what they put in tap water. A FO tank will make it better than a reef tank if you decide to go that route. Chloramines and chlorine are not your only problems in tap water. I used to have a great link about tap water but when my computer crashed it took it with it. Maybe I`ll find it again someday. Here is a good link on starting up.


Also moving this to the Starting up forum.

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I now consider a RODI unit a necessity not a luxury. It does make a difference.

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I would encourage you to invest in an ro/di unit. I understand about the water wasting......I have two 55 gallon plastic drums that I collect water in, from my ro/di output water line. I water my plants and garden with it.

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