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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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RO water?

I recently started using RO water, and I was wondering if I should still treat it with a additive like Seachem Prime?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 07:44 PM
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I don't, all I do is add additives like mosura mineral plus.
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What is the water source? Is it chlorinated?
Does the filter have a carbon stage?
Do you have an un-pressurized or aerated holding tank?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 08:51 PM
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I add prime to my r/o water. It wouldn't hurt anything but it probably isn't necessary either.
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I don't add any Prime to my R/O water. If you are keeping shrimp you will need to add a mineral supplement or your shrimp will fade fast. I learned that the hard way.
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This is just my experience but ive been using straight RO water for many years without supplements and all the shrimp i have kept have proliferated well. Good color, fast breeding, and what i assume is normal shrimp behavior. Snails however do no grow well, loose color, and live rather short life spans. Ive pondered that perhaps this is due the shrimps diet, that perhaps the mineral content in the water is not as important as the mineral content in their food. Only a thought from an uninformed aquarist.
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