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Vegas Tap Water safe for tanks?

Hi there, the water here is notorious for containing all sorts of stuff via Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Has anyone had success/failure keeping plants/shrimp/fish in local treated tap water, or will I need to get an RO system? Thanks!
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Hi there, the water here is notorious for containing all sorts of stuff via Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Has anyone had success/failure keeping plants/shrimp/fish in local treated tap water, or will I need to get an RO system? Thanks!
Welcome to the addiction! I would say it depends on the type of aquarium. I have been keeping fish in "local" water for 15 years. Currently I have 3 heavily planted freshwater tanks with Bettas in two, and the 29 is tropical. That one has a breeding pair of Angelfish (they just spawned), 10 Purple Rasboras, 4 Corydoras, assorted Nerites and a couple of ill-tempered amanos. These are usually considered more soft water fish, but are thriving in treated (Stresscoat) tap water. I do pick up a couple of gallons a month of r/o to top the tanks off, and occasionally mix in a gallon or two with water changes. It's just to counteract concentration due to evaporation, the fish do better with a stable water chemistry.

If you go complete r/o, you'll be fussing with re-mineralizing- but if you are planning on some real exotics, or things like crystal shrimp, it's part of it. Most LFS use tap water- both Pisces Reef and Lucky do, and I think Tropaquarium does. I'm not sure how they treat it, but I think Lucky still just aerates/ ages it. Overnight is plenty. They may occasionally have individual r/o tanks for shrimps or specialty stock like Apistos. Check with other fish stores, think you'll find they do as well.

Actually our water is perfect for African Cichlids. The rift lakes they come from are all rock and in an arid climate, the special Cichlid substrate and water additives aren't really necessary.

Good Luck!

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8g Nuvo: Pineapple SuperDumbo, driftwood, java moss and crypts. A jungle.
10g 3x divided Betta planted with Blue Mustard Gas, Red Double Tail HM, Blue/Red Fire Dragon and snails.


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