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Water???

Is it better to use treated tap water or go with RO/DI water?
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Depends on the fish you plan on getting i believe
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I am planning on keeping shrimps mainly. I will have some plants and moss also.
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Treated tap water is fine, but someone should correct me if I'm wrong. I have only seen RO water used for freshwater when people have discus or some very sensitive fish.
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The reason I am asking is because I normally keep marine Invertebrates like mantis shrimps, harliquin shrimps, and pistol shrimps. This is my first time trying out fresh water shrimps. It is easier to just use the RO/DI water I have since I have it.
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then use it!!!
they wont complain for any reason. just reconstitute it for between 1-3 dKH and 2-4 dGH for more shrimps
crystal red shrimp prefer low dKH.. but most other shrimps will do fine above 1 dKH

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Use the RO/DI and reconstitute it. You'll be in great shape.


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Alright. Thanks for all the input. I was concern because a local fish store told me that if I use RO/DI water for fresh water fishes then it will not be healthy because the RO/DI would take all the natural nutrients out of the water. It did not make much sense to me so I figure it is best to ask people who are more knowledgable in this area.
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It's just like your saltwater endeavors. RO/DI gives you a known base to work from in terms of water parameters. Then it's just teaspoons and tablespoons to get you to where you want to be in terms of what you are keeping. My water is terrible, so RO is my only option.


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