I am new to the boards...been lurking for about a week now and decided to join. I haven't had a fish tank for about 10yrs now. Back in the day, I would just use tap water for my tank after letting it set for a few days. Now I read people are using RO water. I recently set up a 5 gal for my kids...all fake spongebob stuff. I have been buying drinking water for water changes etc..and its doing well.
Now for my tank, I am thinking of doing a mix of 1/2 live, 1/2 fake in an Eclipse 5 corner for Cherry Shrimp. I have never tried real plants b4. I want to do it right and start real small. So I was wondering what quality RO and/or demineralized water is best, and in the aquarium world how is it measured. I have access to RO and even demineralized water at work, as well as testing equipment to see if I can use it. I read in another thread about using RO water and then adding back in additives to get proper chemistry. So I am a little confused as to why use water thats 'stripped' just to add back to it?
Or should I just stick with drinking water from the store?
Also this brings up another question...is drinking water from the machine ok to use? The cost difference is like a $1/gal. plus the plastic savings.
Sorry for the long 1st post and many q's wrapped up into 1. I just want to try to get started right the 1st time.
Additional info about the tank: Eclipse 5 corner using its OE filter with sponge on intake, a floresent light bulb, caribsea supernatural substrate(tahitian moon sand) RCS, undecided on plants/deco both real/fake.