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What kind of water do you use? RO?

What kind of water can I use for water changes? Can I use RO water?

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Absolutely. That's all I use. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ml#post1046586 I tried my tap water but it had way too much phosphate, which I believe was causing algae blooms.

You will need to add something like Barr's GH Booster to replace some of the good stuff the RO system removes. http://aquariumfertilizer.com/index....ShowItemStart=
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Here's another link that might be helpful: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/eq...em-filter.html
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Oh, ok. Also, if I use RO water, can I just add ferts and none of the stuff you just linked?

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I use RO water. Once in a while I add a couple gallons of tap water.
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You can use RO water, but for the vast majority of people, regular tap water works just fine.

Personally I wouldn't go through the additional hassle and cost of an RO unit unless there was a specific need for it. Such as conditioning certain types of fish to breed or your current tap water has some known issue with what you want to keep.
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You can use RO water, but for the vast majority of people, regular tap water works just fine.

Personally I wouldn't go through the additional hassle and cost of an RO unit unless there was a specific need for it. Such as conditioning certain types of fish to breed or your current tap water has some known issue with what you want to keep.
In a lot of areas, they are starting to add chloramine in tap water. Chloramine is chlorine on steroids, Chloramine does no evaporate, even if you boil it, there will still be a bit left. BTW, I have a 6 stage RO/DI unit because I have a reef tank, so, its all good. Too much Chloramine to your tank = everything dead.

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Agreed. Tap water is best and the least troublesome, but in my case my tap water has a lot of phosphates and is really hard. I did spend a little on the RO system, but we're also using the filtered water option to make lemonade, iced tea, and coffee, which is why I went with the RD-106.
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I use tap water for my infrequent changes (I treat the water with a chlorine remover). I use RO for top offs.

Moses I live up slope from you, your water should be relatively neutral to slightly soft.
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I use tap water for my infrequent changes (I treat the water with a chlorine remover). I use RO for top offs.

Moses I live up slope from you, your water should be relatively neutral to slightly soft.
I want to use RO water because I'll know that there is no Chloramine/chlorine in the water which can kill all your livestock.

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I want to use RO water because I'll know that there is no Chloramine/chlorine in the water which can kill all your livestock.
No chloramine/chlorine if you change your carbon filters every so often...
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I want to use RO water because I'll know that there is no Chloramine/chlorine in the water which can kill all your livestock.
I highly recommend the RD-106 from Filter Direct. It's the same system I purchased and I absolutely love it. http://filterdirect.com/product_info...products_id=30
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RO unit is an investment.. But it has many uses besides just water for the fish (drinking/cooking/ice). I think it's the way to go and you can find an affordable unit if you're willing to do a little hunting (ie e-bay, craigslist). As far as fish since I've started using RO I have minimal algae problems and my parameters are consistently right where I want them.. And you have RO available to you for top offs. When changing water you will need to add equilibrium/gh booster (the kh you really don't even have to worry about) and that's that. Definitely recommend getting a unit if it's in your means.
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Re: What kind of water do you use? RO?

Chloramine is easily removed using most dechlorinators. Cloram x works great and lasts forever.

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There are plenty of good water conditioners on the market that will take care of chloramines as well as chlorine- Prime is one of them.

However if you want to use RO water, go for it. Just reconstitute it with something, and make sure you maintain water parameter stability.





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