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Old 08-12-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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ok to use tap water once?

My RO/DI plumbing broke and Lowe's doesn't have the part I need so I had to order it off of the internet. 3-5 business days shipping.

My nitrates are around 100, should I use tap water (with prime) just this once to get the nitrates down until my part gets here?
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how many gallons approx. do you need?
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:48 PM   #3
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I usually do about a 15 gallon pwc

I should do more though. Maybe a couple 15 gallon changes a couple days apart. Although I suppose I could do just one and then wait for the plumbing adapter part to get here.
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all i have in the tank though is 2 green chromis and a small clean up crew
i don't want them to suffer though
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all my WC are with tap- i have great tap water, and i use api stress coat and a ph buffer.. but if your water isnt great than i'd think about going on and buyin some water-- you can buy a gallon for $0.60 at walmart.. it might be worth buying some or all of you WC that way.
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Actually I have a water purifier for drinking water (RO, but not RO/DI). This should remove a lot of the contaminants, right?
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yes, as long it is not adding anything to your water.. but i would still condition it and test everything before you put it in.
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Old 08-13-2011, 12:37 AM   #8
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Tap water tested at 256 TDS and "purified" water using my water filter at 250 TDS, so not much of a difference. I probably need to replace the filter in that but we never use it.

I guess I'll lug some water in tomorrow. I really hate to do that but since I'm wanting to turn this into a reef tank I don't want all of those contaminants in there.
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If your only talking about nitrates, it's just a math thing. Test the nitrate of the tap water. If it's also 100, there will be no change. If you do a 25% water change with water that has a 20ppm nitrate reading, doing some math (100x3) + 20 = 320 / 4 = 80 as your new lowered nitrate reading.
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Are you on a well or city water? If you are on city water, your nitrates should read no more 10ppm out of the tap as per EPA regulations. If they do read higher, you should notify your water authority.

FYI, consumption of water with over 10ppm of nitrates is considered potentially lethal to children under 6 months.
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