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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-2005, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Tap water filters, good or bad?

What effects does a normal tap water filter do to the water? Im talking in specific about the pur water filters that you buy to make your water taste decent because i have been just using normal tap water coming out of my pur water filter for my tank, i figured the filter would take out all the chlorine/chloramine and all that stuff. Is this a proper logic or am i just being stupid? Also i dont have the money right now to get a test kit because they are a bit pricey, but i did some research and found my wonder is normally a PH around 6.0 - 7.8, depending on the type of well it comes from, seeing how i live in a sandy area and its probably a sand well its probably a lower PH around 6.0 - 7.0 max. I know my water has a lot of minerals and stuff in it because it has a strong odor to it when it comes out of the tap and you can tastes the minerals in it thats why i use the water filter. When the water comes out of the filter though, it has no smell or taste. Is there some house hold ways to figure out a general range of your PH? Any DIY chemical stuff you can do?
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I think pretty much the tap water filter still contains chlorine and should be cycled for a period of time. You should really get your self a test kit, don't by the seperate ones, get the master test kit that includes everything. They cost around $20-25 maybe cheaper on bigals. Also it depends on what kind of fish you are keeping.
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Those faucet filters generally have a combination sediment/carbon filter cartridge. They remove enough chlorine to improve taste, but I wouldn't expect it removes all chlorine.

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If your tap water has a pH in the 6.0-7.0 range it can't have too many minerals in it.
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