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Old 06-10-2011, 05:22 AM   #21
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also i live in a area with really hard water, is it ok if i keep using distilled water or should i just go for the tap with a chemical to take out the chlorine? and if i use tap water do i have to let the water sit for a set amount of time?
There is a chemical that I find most people use (including me) called PRIME it is a dechlorinator...otherwise I believe water needs to sit for 24-48 hours for chlorine to dissipate...but personally Id trust the prime more than my timing
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so if you add the prime then you dont have to have the water sit?
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Seachem Prime. Treat for the full 10 gallons before the new water goes in.
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Exactly just make sure it's the same temp, but you can usually get close enough by testing with your hand
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Seachem Prime. Treat for the full 10 gallons before the new water goes in.
Well put!
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also with my lil guy pete, he is one of my jd's and his fins started to split, as well as he is looking very pail, im worried about him and my other 2 fish who share the same tank
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is hard water bad for fish?
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is hard water bad for fish?
Hard water isn't really "good" or "bad". It just depends on what type of fish you're keeping. African species prefer a 7.8-8.2 in most cases. While south american fish like it down around 7. There's a few that like it even lower than that.

If the water is to hard for the fish you want to keep there are things you can do to bring it down in your tank safely.
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I believe these fish like a slightly harder water but will concede my answer to someone with more experience...as for the fin problems...do have plans to get a bigger tank soon??

I concede to panda...but my question still stands!
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Letting the water sit will help with the chlorine but not the chlorimine(spelling?)
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