Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
ARe you talking about the big jugs of "spring" water, or the fill-it-yourself RO/DI water? There is a big difference in the 2. Most of our bottled water isn't anything special and may be loaded with stuff. I just looked at the bottle of water I'm drinking and it contain nitrates in it from the start. Small amount mind you, but they all have different minerals and stuff in them. Distilled or RO will give you the purest water to start with. Right now, being poor myself I take a 5 gal water jug, fill it about 4 gallons with tap water, 1 gal of distilled water, treat with prime, aerate for 48hours with an air stone, then use that for my shrimp tank top offs. Least a little bit of distilled water will dilute the TDS down and make it easier for my different shrimp soils to buffer the pH and last longer. Aerating removes some of the disolved gases as well. Seems to be working. My tap water is 7.6, my Netlea soil is holding steady at 6.2 and my crystals are breeding and I have babies, so I'm sticking with it. lol.
20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.
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