Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Indianapolis, IN
I have been using distilled water for my live planted tank, I have recently switched to RO water but I know it's about the same. I have community fish, 20L, live planted tank. I have recently been on a mission to tackle my poor plant growth problem. I just changed my lighting to give more wpg, and now I need to tackle water chemistry.
When I use distilled water or RO water. My buffer and PH is very low. The reason I do not use my tap water is because "I think" it's really bad. It has a lot of chlorine, and lime in it. So here are my questions, if anyone can help.
1) I need to re-test my tap water, but what would be an ideal range I should aim for, no matter what kind of water I use.
2) The lime that is in my water causes my shower head to periodically need to be cleaned. Would this also happen to my tank, filter, heater, etc, if I use tap water that has lime in it?
3) If I continue to use RO water, what can I do to the water to raise the quality to the optimal position? I always thought that all those chemicals that raise PH and Lower PH were just quick fixes.... correct me if I am wrong.
4) Is there any other method of putting water in my tank, that anyone would suggest?
I know it seems like a lot, but I know there are a lot of really smart people on these forums. I am new to this community but I wish I would have found it earlier, it would have saved me a bunch of trouble. Thank you.[/list]