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Seachem Prime for Ground water?

Hi all,

Here are the parameters of ground water that i will be using in my tank:
TDS : 1500ppm
Ammonia : 0.25ppm
Nitrite : 0ppm
Nitrate : 10-20ppm
pH : 8.2
I dont have any other test results.
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Is it really beneficial to use Seachem Prime for this ground water? I'm thinking it would be able to handle heavy metals that are harmful for fishes? any other benefits? Should i test for chlorine/chloromine too in ground water generally?

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Chlorine is an inexpensive common water treatment world wide for potable water.
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I would not expect to find chlorine in any ground water. I assume you mean water from a surface like lake or river. That would let any chlorine that might have found it's way into the water gas off quickly. I would not see any benefit to using Prime.
But, does that mean the water is good to use? Surface water can vary a lot and it can have lots of bad things in the water. Farm field runoff after rains will have various amounts of pollution that will be hard to control or measure. Runoff from city streets or highways may have oils from roads. Big hazard if you could avoid using that water.
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I assume you mean water from a surface like lake or river.
Sorry, i meant water from below the earth's surface (from well or borewell).
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Hi all,

Here are the parameters of ground water that i will be using in my tank:
TDS : 1500ppm
Ammonia : 0.25ppm
Nitrite : 0ppm
Nitrate : 10-20ppm
pH : 8.2
I dont have any other test results.
Tank is planted, low-light + flourish Excel + flourish Comprehensive

Is it really beneficial to use Seachem Prime for this ground water? I'm thinking it would be able to handle heavy metals that are harmful for fishes? any other benefits? Should i test for chlorine/chloromine too in ground water generally?
I live in a rural area and have my own well.

I see ammonia is 0.25 ppm and nitrates are 10-20 ppm. Chlorine will be a non issue.

Both ammonia and nitrates will occur due to farming practices. These levels are pretty low and I would treat with Prime or Novaqua, etc.

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Sorry about the confusion. Much better! We have many canals in my area and I thought you might mean dipping water from something like that. Too many problems to count!
Is this water that has been treated to make it safe to drink? Many times that means chlorine is used. It can be left to left to the chlorine gas off into the air. Some places, the treatment has moved to chloramine which stays in the water much longer. That water has to be treated with something like Prime. Which you have will determine if Prime is needed.
For the heavy metals, most underground water will not need to be treated. Unless you know that the water has lots of heavy metals for some odd reason, if it is safe to drink it is safe for fish.
With a PH of 8.2, I might guess that the water has lots of minerals dissolved in it as well. But whether that turns out to be true and if it is a problem keeping the type fish you want is something I would want to try first.
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With a PH of 8.2, I might guess that the water has lots of minerals dissolved in it as well. But whether that turns out to be true and if it is a problem keeping the type fish you want is something I would want to try first.
The TDS of 1500 kinda speaks to that as well. lol

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Sorry, i meant water from below the earth's surface (from well or borewell).
Yes, outside the States, ground water = well water.
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