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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-11-2020, 04:33 AM
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The primary thing that stands out to me is the pH: ammonium quickly becomes toxic at higher pH (as ammonia):

You have several options:

You could go with RO water, which would benefit both plants and animals in your tanks, and keep you from having to "batch" prepare water for water changes.

You could go with tap water, and use it straight from the tap (dechlorinated), and keep fish and plants that tolerate relatively high pH, TDS, and will make do with all that calcium from the water.

The other option would be to set up your tank as above, adjust the pH down to some level, and then batch prepare water for water changes- ideally dropping the pH before you add it.

RO would probably yield the best results. 222 mg/L chloride is pretty high, I wonder where that's coming from. There's also a fair amount if nitrate/nitrite in that water, probably agricultural sources. If this is your drinking water, you should probably have a test for E. coli done.
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