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using distilled water instead of tap

Hello. So my tap water is very hard and high in ph so I decided to use distilled water instead since it would benefit my fish and plants. I did some research and learned that distilled water has no minerals and is incapable of buffering ph. I noticed that some people are exclusively using distilled water along with seachem's equilibrium, acid and alkaline buffer. Do you guys recommend this method for my tank and do you have any advice you can give me? Thanks in advance!!

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It is a good way to go if you can swing it, being that you are guaranteed to have “good” water if you do it right. Most people seem to opt for simply adding carbonates for KH/pH buffering rather than the Acid and Alkaline buffer - but those can be used as well if you’re targeting a specific pH. Just watch your TDS, you don’t want it to creep too high. Alternatively you could rely on aqua soil to buffer your water and skip the carbonates altogether if you’re using RO or distilled water.


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Sorry. What is TDS again?

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Sorry. What is TDS again?


Total Dissolved Solids. You should get a measuring pen, they’re inexpensive.


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It is a good way to go if you can swing it, being that you are guaranteed to have “good” water if you do it right. Most people seem to opt for simply adding carbonates for KH/pH buffering rather than the Acid and Alkaline buffer - but those can be used as well if you’re targeting a specific pH. Just watch your TDS, you don’t want it to creep too high. Alternatively you could rely on aqua soil to buffer your water and skip the carbonates altogether if you’re using RO or distilled water.


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Total Dissolved Solids. You should get a measuring pen, they’re inexpensive.


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Do you have any to recommend on amazon?

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Do you have any to recommend on amazon?


Something like this will be just fine.

https://www.amazon.com/HM-Digital-TD...87L&ref=plSrch


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