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Old 09-11-2011, 01:39 AM   #1
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What kind of water to initially fill reef aquarium with?

can I just use treated tap water, I live in the city so i know It has chlorine and things in it. Ive been reading online thats not the best way to go, but what is? thank you for your help!
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You should look into your local fish stores and see if they carry RO/DI water, (reverse osmosis/ de-ionized) You really dont want all the things that come alonge with tap water. Besides chlorine and clorimites tap water has a lot of other impurities that will hurt your aquarium life and lead to algae.
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What about distilled?
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Can I use all distilled? Ive heard thats not good either because its been "stripped" of all its minerals and stuff.
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I think the di is for de-ionization
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You can get your own RO/DI unit for pretty cheap then you won't have to go to the Lfs every time you need water.
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I think the di is for de-ionization
You are absolutly right... sorry about that. Thinking of my freshwater ha. I will change that. Distilled water may still contain trace elements of copper which is no good for marine tanks.
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You can get your own RO/DI unit for pretty cheap then you won't have to go to the Lfs every time you need water.
We bought our RO/DI system off ebay for 100 bucks. It does 100g a day and beats having to carry 5 gallon buckets back and forth to the LFS.
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http://www.nano-reef.com/articles/?article=7

This is wrong?
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I don't understand what your asking about?

Not wrong at all. If you want to spend the money on bottles of distilled water go ahead. It's not to bad if you have a nano but when you have a larger tank then it gets pretty pricey. I really doubt that distilled water is better that RO though.
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