distilled water for dry ferts
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > General Planted Tank Discussion


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
Tayjay76
Algae Grower
 
Tayjay76's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Kansas
Posts: 92
Default

distilled water for dry ferts


I realize that I need to use distilled water when I mix my dry ferts for pps pro that I should add 20 ml of excel for 500ml. Should I boil the distilled water before i mix? I got this distilled water from walmart.
Tayjay76 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-02-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
Diana
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Posts: 6,392
Default

There is no need to boil it. Won't do anything good or bad, just waste energy.

I use EI method and just use tap water. My tap is fairly soft water, so the fertilizers dissolve just fine, and I make a fairly concentrated blend so I do not have to dose very much each time.
Diana is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2013, 06:09 PM   #3
Ach1Ll3sH33L
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Ach1Ll3sH33L's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Socal
Posts: 306
Default

just get the water warm, not boiling before you mix. the warmer water will help it dissolve better.
__________________
Ach1Ll3sH33L is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
DarkCobra
Planted Tank Guru
 
DarkCobra's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Posts: 3,349
Default

The main reason distilled water is used is because both the Iron EDTA in CSM+B, and Excel, break down at high pH. Most tapwater has high pH, so if you use that, your solution will degrade in the bottle.

Heating the distilled water a bit will make it easier to dissolve stuff in it, but it's not necessary to sterilize it through boiling. The Excel takes care of sterilization.
DarkCobra is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-03-2013, 06:26 AM   #5
Tayjay76
Algae Grower
 
Tayjay76's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Kansas
Posts: 92
Default

ok thanks guys
Tayjay76 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012