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igotatank
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PostSubject: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/3/2010, 12:35 pm

I was just wondering??? If a tank was started out with tap water. After time if you did your water changes and top offs with ro/di water. It would balance out in the long run. It crossed my mind this morning. When i bought my tank i saved most of the water that was in the tank and used it again. Since then I have only used RO/DI water for water changes and top offs.
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/3/2010, 12:38 pm

just assuming it was started off with tap water.
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/3/2010, 1:30 pm

i have used RO/DI water to start many tanks. Under 30gallons, that is. Using used filter media to start the cycle, i have not had trouble starting a new tank.

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igotatank
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/3/2010, 2:03 pm

thanks i was just wondering. I have 135gallon tank that i have had running since october
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/3/2010, 3:32 pm

I t depends on the source of your water. Ground water (well) or surface water. RO has nothing in it to keep it stable. You have buffer it. HS chemistry. Also which aquafier it coming frim if well water. Also what your city is putting in water.
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/6/2010, 2:35 pm

I have a 120 and started with tap water. I had a bunch of problems until I got a RO/DI filter. My tap water was high in ammonia and every time I would do a water change I would have problems. Ever since I got the RO/DI things have been good. You should be fine if you have not ad any problems and are now using RO/DI water.
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/6/2010, 2:38 pm

I always use the RO....saves time and sometimes $$$.

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Joe Reborn
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/6/2010, 2:40 pm

i am really thinking of getting a RO system anyone have a good one at a cheaper price?
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/6/2010, 2:44 pm

Cant afford a Ro system LOL, but what I do is put reg tap water in with dechlorinator and put a goldfish in there and feed the hell out of him for a few days. When the water is cloudy, I use a filter from an already cycled tank in addition to the new filter and it clears within a day. My ph has always been 7.1-7.5 so I bought some ph down for my discus.
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/6/2010, 7:06 pm

Ok since we talking about PH. I Buff my PH for my African tank to 8.2-8.4 somewhere about there. Do i buff every time i do a water change or should i only buff it once and the Holy Rock and stuff keep it there after the use Malawi Buffer? I always test the water before and after a water change and its the same, so i was just woundering.
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/6/2010, 7:07 pm

i just use Tap water with Stress Coat and i have never had a issue.
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PostSubject: Re: tank water   tank water Icon_minitime2/6/2010, 11:57 pm

i was wondering the same thing, ill be watching
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