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Hot tap water?

somebody told me there are addictives in hot tap water to prevent calcium carbonate forming in the pipes, is this true? I am asking this is because when I do water change I use lukewarm tap water
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You have cold water entering your house from the plant. Your water heater then heats some and stores it. When are there additives added? If there where any it should be in all the water.

BTW, do you have a water softener? I have issues of using hot or cold water because of my softener.
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Hmmm.

The water that fills my hot water tank is the same water that flows through my cold water pipes. Now, there may be more metals in hot water, due to the hot water flowing through the pipes and there may be some other stuff due to the crud that can collect in an unserviced hot water heater, but I have never heard of anything intentionally being added to hot water.

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I also use lukewarm tap water for my water changes, don't see any problems.


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You have cold water entering your house from the plant. Your water heater then heats some and stores it. When are there additives added? If there where any it should be in all the water.
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LOL why didn't I think of that to argue with him
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Do you live in some kind of large building or otherwise have a 'community' hot water system? If so I could possibly see hot water having a different water characteristics than cold water. Or do you have a water softener? If you answer no to either of these your hot water is the same as your cold.
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Ever seen the inside of an aged water-heater? YUCK!
Makes me wonder what's going into my tank.

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