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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-22-2012, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
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College Station Area Water info?

I'm moving my tank down this year after letting my family ruin it last year when I didn't want to deal with it in the dorm. However I'm worried about water quality as the water down there tastes like dirt.

So if anyone is keeping a tank in or around College Station/Bryan (I'm not sure exactly what areas share water supply down there) and has water parameters I'd be grateful for some preemptive info.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-22-2012, 12:42 PM
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Every town or city must post a yearly water report. They are easily dug up with a quick search on google.

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the water tastes bad because they had an aresnic problem in the water supply twenty years or so ago (maybe longer). i've only seen one other person on here that lives in CS. i don't remember what his parameters are, but i think i he posted in one of the sports threads, if you feel like searching i'm sure you can find him.

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Every town or city must post a yearly water report. They are easily dug up with a quick search on google.
I tried google first but I could only find to 2010 and it was a bit confusing.

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i've only seen one other person on here that lives in CS. i don't remember what his parameters are, but i think i he posted in one of the sports threads, if you feel like searching i'm sure you can find him.
Thanks I'll try searching.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 04:14 PM
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I just moved from Bryan/College Station a month ago. I used exclusively tap water in my planted tank, only adding a little bit of GH booster and Prime. Overall, KH is extremely high and GH is very low. Water is great for a South American tank.
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Bryan posts a new water report every 2-4 years I believe.

Here is 2011.

http://www.bryantx.gov/departments/?name=water
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I went over and looked at the last report from 2011. There will be another required each year by federal regs. I find nothing obvious to worry about. You may want a water softener but that is pretty normal. High PH (8.5) with lots of limestone for buffering. No contaminants measured. The rest is just pretty normal stuff for underground water. No signs of any type unusually pollution to worry about. It has pretty much the standard warnings about running the water to clear it of copper or lead if you have pipes of that but that is in almost all the required reports. Almost a PYA response whether it is an actual hazard or not.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-26-2012, 07:05 PM
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Yeah my tap water is 8.5 ph. When I first moved down here from Tyler last year I was not concerned because I never had to deal with crappy water before. The plants I moved down here died pretty much instantly, it was weird I could literally sit there and watch them turn brown . That's when I checked the water chemistry and realized it would not be as easy as I had it. I use ph down and get it around 7.4-7.5
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 05:41 AM
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There is a local club, Brazos Valley Aquraium Society, they have a facebook page. I do not know when they meet.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 03:50 PM
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I find PH to be a truly overhyped item when it comes to keeping a tank and fish. It varies so much and is so highly talked that it is often used as a reason when there are other things involved which are just as important. I find my tap water PH is above 8 but on fish only tanks, the PH will settle out at 7.4-7.6. When I add plants and CO2 I gradually worked the PH down to running now at 6.5-6.6. If the move is done gradually and the fish learn to deal with it, I find I don't need to worry about the PH. It's all a balancing act and PH is just one small piece of the puzzle.
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I've lived here a while, and our water does present alot of challenges. The incredibly high TDS really helps algae flourish. I've been keeping tanks on our local tap for years but recently have switched to about 3/4 RODI when I do water changes weekly now. It took a long time of no water changes for my algae issues to subside. Now with my new water change style it hasn't really come back. Not alot of places can say their tap water has more junk in it than old tank water!
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Based on your water report, the water looks good. 563ppm TDS is not "incredibly" high by any stretch of the imagination. If you are keeping extremely sensitive shrimp, you might need to use RO, but that's pretty much a given.
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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 10:19 PM
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I've had 2 tanks up and running since February and haven't had any issues with the water here. Use tap water for my 20g at home and R/O water for my 2.5 at work. The TDS is high along with KH and pH. My pH dropped slowly without adding anything to it and sitting around 7.8 area. I know its still high for what some people want to do but my RCS love it. Even had some bee shrimp for a while till my fish thought they would make a good snack. Plants all do pretty well, i think most of their issues are from me not having a very green thumb.

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WOW, I am surprised to see yall B/CS folks with hard water reports! My Sister and her Family have lived there since 94 when she started College at A&M as a freshman. I always thought they had VERY SOFT WATER!!! At least it feels like it when you shower or wash your hands! A TINY Drop of soap will take FOR EVER to wash off! Heck you feel like you have soaped up while showering even before you put soap on!!! She started on campus, to apartments, bought a home in Bryan, now is in outer College Station, and water has always been the same!

I am really surprised to say the least!

Either way BEST of Luck with Yalls Plants and Fish!
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The water is very weird to say the least. The water does seem soft when showering or trying to rinse the soap off. I thinks its gotten harder over the years but not real sure. Have lived in College Station since 2003 my freshman year. Had a betta tank in the dorm room and haven't really had a tank since till this year.

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