Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Olympic Peninsula, WA
When I lived on O'ahu, my tanks were consistently in the 80-82F range no matter the time of year and I just did not need to put any kind of heating on them. As for water changes, my cold water tap temperature was a pretty constant 78-80F so I never had to warm it up (usually it was warmer when I first turned the tap on before it would cool down! In summer, I would have hot and warm running water.) I asked one of the guys at the LFS if they treated their water with conditioner for chlorine/chloramines and he looked at me as if I had three eyes. He told me that he just put the water straight in from the tap and never had any problems. I did the same for the years I was there and did not experience any issues, as you did when you ran out of conditioner. Looking back, prudence would have been the better part of valor. I think given the spate of sewage spills with all the recent rain, it might be a good idea to treat your water in case the DPW has decided to up the amount of water treating they are doing. +1 on Alcimedes comment in essence.
Good luck and aloha,
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