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Old 01-14-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Tap water all that bad?!!

I have always known that tap water is not prefered in the aquarium even if its treated. However, if corals are not part of the equation in a FOWLR tank, is it possible to treat tap water and not have giant problems beside algea here and there? I haven't used any tap water yet, but am getting lazy.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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I have always known that tap water is not prefered in the aquarium even if its treated. However, if corals are not part of the equation in a FOWLR tank, is it possible to treat tap water and not have giant problems beside algea here and there? I haven't used any tap water yet, but am getting lazy.
Are you saying to use tap and NOT treat it? I wouldn't do it. If your getting too lazy to just treat your water then maybe take a step back and reevaluate what it is you really wanna do as far as fish keeping.

Or are you saying not using RO/DI water?
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I'm just saying not using rodi water. I would treat the water with a declorinizer and a stabilizer/conditioner before I put it in the tank. Would I be better off with grocery store or distilled? My lfs rips me off on rodi.
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I'm just saying not using rodi water. I would treat the water with a declorinizer and a stabilizer/conditioner before I put it in the tank. Would I be better off with grocery store or distilled? My lfs rips me off on rodi.
I know a lot of people that use distilled water. I use it for top offs. I also know people that use tap water and treat it.

I know everyone has an opinion. My friend has a Red Sea max and he's been using tap from day 1.
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What are the bad things about treated tap water besides algea? Does it really just depend on where I am?
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Thanks for the advice though. As you can tell I'm new to saltwater...
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Thanks for the advice though. As you can tell I'm new to saltwater...
That's ok... We all start somewhere. No shame in being new!
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It does depend where you are. However, some tap can have things like copper which can harm some fish, like angels. It also harms inverts. As you mentioned you can have algae problems, Higher nitrates and phosphates which can also harm fish.
Many say that tap water issues don't show up for a year+ down the road.
Not recommended, but yes there are people who use it for fowlr.
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I bet for the price you paid for the RO water at lfs you could of bought your own ro/di system. I would suggest keep using ro/di water. Your local water company can add things at anytime to treat the supply and they don't have to inform the public when they do. I wouldn't risk it.
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