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Old 04-16-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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good tap water?

is my tap water good it has 6 6.5 ph 0 nitrite 0-20 nitrate
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Totally depends on what type of fish you're going for. For most fish, 6-6.5 pH is going to be pretty low... Also, for that high of nitrates, you're going to have to do PWC's a lot once your tank is cycled...

Edit: Hold it, did you say 0-20 nitrate? Can you get any more specific?
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Sounds fine to me. You will need to get an ammonia test when you start cycling the tank.
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Totally depends on what type of fish you're going for. For most fish, 6-6.5 pH is going to be pretty low... Also, for that high of nitrates, you're going to have to do PWC's a lot once your tank is cycled...

Edit: Hold it, did you say 0-20 nitrate? Can you get any more specific?
it's the strips all i have atm its really light allmost white id say prob bewteen 0 and 10
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:12 AM   #5
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Sounds fine to me. You will need to get an ammonia test when you start cycling the tank.
i plan on gettin the api sw master while cyclinh im useing tap watet to cycle then when its over doin 90% pwc with rodi water
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I also have 10 nitrates in my tap water. Part of the reason I got the ro/di unit
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It will be fine wolf. The pH isn't going to matter until you mix up your saltwater.
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Ahhh, well as I'm sure many people will tell you, test strips are "notoriously incorrect." Haha. =D So you may want to invest in an API liquid freshwater test kit!

Edit: Or saltwater. Sorry!
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If you are going to use RODI, the tests really don't matter at all then.
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Ahhh, well as I'm sure many people will tell you, test strips are "notoriously incorrect." Haha. =D So you may want to invest in an API liquid freshwater test kit!

Edit: Or saltwater. Sorry!
lol i plan on it probably gnna buy online its 19 online comparrd to 33 in my lfs but carey was so kind as to put them in my care package and i figured lets give it a shot riight? lol ik trites trates tap water= bad for sw thats why after cycle im gna 90% with rodi but is it bad for my fw 15g?
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fort im only gonna use rodi for my sw i gotta buy it sady but im wonderin now is thia bad for my fw tank
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It is fine for most common fish.
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how about ph i really dont know why its so low
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I wouldn't worry about it... Especially since you are using test strips. Even if it is close to 6, most common fish can adjust to that. Trying to dial in your pH will be more trouble than it's worth.
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yeah ive heard and usein the ph ups can really throw your tank for a loop and cause ph crashes etc as long as its stable right
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My tap water has phosohates at 1.0
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My tap water has phosohates at 1.0
Mine too lol
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