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Any Benefit to Using RO Water

Based on research it looks like my tap water has a hardness of 130ppm and about 150ppm total dissolved solids. My upcoming 112G tank will have a continual water change system where I'll change about 100G of water per month (due to mixing of new and old water this should be about a 50% water change every month).

I'm hoping to keep a collection of different species of non interbreeding shrimp. Once the shrimp colony is well established and there are lots of hiding places from lush plant growth for the shrimp, I'm hoping to try my hand at German Blue Rams (I know they'll eat some of the babies). I've failed with them in the past but I was also working with a way harder water supply.

I'm wondering though if my current water situation would be suitable for my plans or if I would benefit from maybe setting up an RO unit and using half RO and half tap water for the continual automatic water changes.

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The main benefit is stable water source. Tap water parameter can change drastically from one day to the next and not knowing it can cause huge issue if you are doing big water change for EI. My tap water went from 30TDS 2GH to 200TDS 8GH out of the blue.
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RO isnt as important in FW as SW, it can help keeping softer-water fish, but if you already have soft water and lower TDS, then you probably dont need one. Also, GBR are super delicate fish, I went with Bolivian Rams, because they are much hardier.

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The main benefit is stable water source.
^^Exactly what he said. Sometimes, at least in my area, the water supply tds changes greatly depending on the season. I think this may have been a partial reason to why I lost some fish earlier in the hobby, but of course this was before I actually began measuring.

But let me just say... that has to be the largest shrimp tank I have heard of!!!


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