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Old 08-29-2009, 12:30 AM   #1
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When cycleing...

Is it ok to just use tap water or should it be RO? Clearly RO would be better but im just curious.
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I think you said it already... "clearly RO would be better..."

I started my tank with dechlorinated tap water. But I also had one nasty diatom bloom after it cycled! I now use pure water, and if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't have used tap water.
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So I will just get EVERYTHING I need including a RO system before I start...
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So I will just get EVERYTHING I need including a RO system before I start...
Sounds like a plan. A good one. The silicates in the tap water as Kurt just said will cause a pretty bad diatom bloom.
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Great Plan, you will be less frustrated later on.
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I used tap water before when I had my last tank and had a bad ?brown algae? Problem.... What is diatom? Im guessing its the problem I had.
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That's what it was, using RO water will greatly reduce diatoms.
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You'll still have a diatom bloom when you cycle... even with RO water. But it most likely won't be as bad.
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Sounds good to me cause that was horrible lol.
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Im going through a diatom bloom right now. It makes things look poopy, but it's nice knowing they all will just die off and dissapear
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