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RO water for aquarium

if i use this to breed tetras, how would i do this. i mean i heard that we must add minerals back to the water if we use RO water. can anyone suggest what we need to add etc.

would adding 5% tap water into 95% RO water add those important minerals.

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I am runnung 80% RO/DI and 20% tap but it will depend on your tap water. I am on a well so no real problems other than my water is so hard I think it could break glass LOL. I am useing tap to help stabalize the PH and to add some minerals back in.


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I use equilibrium, traces and phosphate to replenish my RO/DI water
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Water chemistry varies. In mid Michigan, Equilibrium is the usual product suggested for dosing RO water. Your goal will depend on what type of tetras you are planning to breed. You'll probably want a holding or water aging tank as rain is the usual stimulus for tetra spawning. A 50% water change substitutes for that in tank rearing.

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I use Rex's grumpy mix and find it mixes better than Equilibrium and is more cost effective. Using 100% RO for over a year rather than fight my well drawn brick water.


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