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RO and Dry Ferts

Is there a reason I mix my dry ferts with RO water and not with aquarium or dechlorinated tap water?
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Is this for storing it for a later use or adding it to the aquarium right after you mix them?


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There are minerals/ions unaccounted for in tap water, in varying degrees depending on the source. You just want to remove this from the equation.

Ha ha, just saw plantetra's response.
Mix dry ferts with RO/DI water if making a stock solution for later dosing, for the reason mentioned in first paragraph.

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There are minerals/ions unaccounted for in tap water, in varying degrees depending on the source. You just want to remove this from the equation.

Ha ha, just saw plantetra's response.
Mix dry ferts with RO/DI water if making a stock solution for later dosing, for the reason mentioned in first paragraph.
Ha ha I wanted to make sure that he is going to store it. Some use a cup of aquarium water to mix the dry fert and then add it to the aquarium.

But yes, If you are storing, then DI. adding to Daisy Mae, You will also have algae growth or fungal growth if you do not use DI water. Some even refrigerate it after mixing.

Bump: Zorfox(Calculator owner) mentioned that it is a good idea to even add white heated vinegar or something to avoid this situation. I added 10ml excel.


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I'm mixing it up in a 500 ml solution. So I guess i'm storing it in a sense.
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Some people are very particular about what they put into their tanks, and are very careful about measurements and distilled water. Other people, less so. It's up to you how careful you want to be. Tap water shouldn't have any living organisms, which is why it comes chlorinated. But without a sterile environment, you'll be introducing all sorts of organisms into the mix. So, non-transparent container, or in the dark, and a bit of excel or some other sanitizer.

Iron and phosphate don't play well together, which is why you shouldn't be mixing the micros with the macros, or at least not the KH2PO4. That's also one reason to avoid tap water, as that "other stuff" almost certainly includes Fe.
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Okay, makes sense. Thank you.
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