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'Seeding' distilled water with trophs?

My water is horrible. So I bought ten gallons of distilled water to start my tank. It's 88 cents a gallon, so I won't have any trouble buying a gallon-plus a week for water changes.

I'm worried about not having the right bacteria, microbes, amphipods/copepods/ostrocods, etc. So I'm thinking about going to either the Wisconsin River (which I drive past every day) or the pond out at the local wildlife reserve, and getting about a cup of water to 'seed' the distilled water with during tank set-up.

Is this something I should or should not do? Will it help? I can't imagine it would hurt.

I just wanna have some happy fish and some happy plants.
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I'm worried about not having the right bacteria, microbes, amphipods/copepods/ostrocods, etc.
No need to do this. You will need to add a little of your tap water in to give the distilled water a little minerals since it's not good for fish and plants to live in pure distilled water.


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Don't worry about the lack of bacteria. You don't need to find them, they'll find you.

Worry about the fact that your KH will be zero so you'll have no buffering and won't be able to maintain a stable PH and your GH will be zero which might cause some osmotic stress.
The expensive but easy way to fix that is with Seachem Replenish. There are many cheaper DIY ways of achieving the same result from a crushed coral substrate to mixing up your own mineral powders, but I'm no expert since I just use what comes out of my tap.
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Don't worry about the lack of bacteria. You don't need to find them, they'll find you.

Worry about the fact that your KH will be zero so you'll have no buffering and won't be able to maintain a stable PH and your GH will be zero which might cause some osmotic stress.
The expensive but easy way to fix that is with Seachem Replenish. There are many cheaper DIY ways of achieving the same result from a crushed coral substrate to mixing up your own mineral powders, but I'm no expert since I just use what comes out of my tap.
KH shouldn't be super important, since I'm running freshwater, but I can fix that with baking soda, right? As for GH, I'll add some of my tap water and see if that solves it. If not, I'll pick up some chalk.

I just wanna have some happy fish and some happy plants.
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Yikes, 88 per gallon would still seem to be something that would add up. What sort of municipal water problems do you have out there in Wisconsin that you can't solve with carbon/RO filtration? Is it potable?

The US is such a rich country, and yet in so many other ways we are janky AF. There are third world countries with better infrastructure, seriously.
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