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Old 12-22-2008, 06:16 AM   #1
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What water do you use

I am interested in what water people use. I have had a nano tank for the past 2 years and always used R/O water. I have upgraded my tank to a 100g and I am doing through quite a bit of R/O water. I am thinking of using tap water and just taking the chlorine out of it. What water do you use?
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:37 AM   #2
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I would not suggest tap water. I use RO/DI water. When I get home this afternoon I`ll send you a link about Tap water. If this is going to be a reef I definitely say dont go with tap water. You can get a RO/DI filter for close to 100 dollars on ebay.
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Yup I would go with RO/DI like Melosu said you find it on eBay.. I bought mine from there and it works get... I posted the link check it out

http://cgi.ebay.com/5-stage-75-GDP-Reverse-Osmosis-System-Aquarium-RO-DI_W0QQitemZ360118023520QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item360118023520&_trksid=p3286.c0 .m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240 %3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50
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Old 12-22-2008, 11:58 AM   #4
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I use RO water and would never recommend using anything elase. You have to be real careful with tap water because alot of communities add phosphate to their water supply to reduce pipe corrosion.
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I've used tap for 10+yrs without any issues and from what I understand, salt manufacturers include a dechlorinator in their batches already. I am; however, switching to ro/di based on personal preferences and not because I dislike tap. Test your water and ask your source for a full report (they are free).
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I have used RO/DI water since I started in the SW hobby. I am on well water and have nearly perfect water to begin with but I wanted to make 100% sure that the water (base of my reef) was completely pure.

As innovator said he has been using tap for over 10 years. If you are thinking about using tap do as he mentioned and test the water and get a report so you know what you would be dealing with.
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The link I promised you.


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It is not so much the chlorine but the heavy metals, phosphates and nitrates that tap water has. A R/O unit represents such a small investment when you consider how much you spend on liverock,corals and fish
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Along with what captivereefs said, it's also about consistency. Tap water *can* be consistent... but you're at the mercy of your water department, weather, or someone throwing the wrong switch somewhere. I started out with tap water, but changed quickly once I realized nitrates (or at least something that tested as nitrates) came and went depending on the weather. I now use DI water.
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I started my tank with tap water but quickly bought a ro/di unit and im glad i did. from 110 tds to zero tds!
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