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Are water conditioners a must?

Are water conditioners a must ,or would it be the same thing if water is set to rest for a period of time(if yes ,how long?).
I;m referring only to a planted tank 's case.

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Depends on your water and your livestock.

If the ONLY thing in your tank is plants, it probably doesn't matter a bit. If you water your lawn/garden with it, you can use it in your tank.

If you have fish or inverts, then unless you have very clean well water they can be hurt by the metals and ammonia/ammonium/chlorine that is usually found in standard municipal tap water. So water conditioner is a must in that case.


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I mix my r/o and tap, condition and then let it sit for 48 hours. Mainly b/c I have to stick heaters in the buckets to warm the water up. During the warmer months the water sits in a trashcan in the garage at room temp. +1 to what others above have said.
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I used to keep a bucket out and just used that for several years. I don't have the room anymore, but I never had any problems with that method.
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Leaving tap water out overnight, or for a day or two, used to work well when municipalities were using chlorine OR ammonia for water treatment, because they were volatile enough to evaporate out over time all by themselves. But a lot of municipalities have moved to chloramine instead, which is a hybrid of the two chemicals and much more stable. It won't evaporate out like the original stuff used to. So "curing" your water does nothing to treat it. (Again, IF you live in a municipality that treats with chloramine... But most major cities have indeed upgraded to chloramine (1 in 5 Americans have chloramine in their tap water per EPA) and it's the future so don't count on the old methods sticking around forever)


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Depends on where the water comes from. Most tap water sources these days has chloromine in it. Before you could just fill up a bucket, drop an airstone in it and the chlorine would oxidize in 24 hours. Now that chlorine is bonded with ammonia as chloromine, it won't oxidize out of the water on its own and you need treatments like prime or a similar product to bind to it to make the water fish safe.

If you're going with just plants, it should be safe.


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Indeed it seems many more cities are using Chloramine instead of Chlorine nowadays as it doesn't have the smell of chlorine and lasts longer when sitting in the pipes (18 times longer I believe?).

You may be able to get a water quality report for your city's water, which will tell you whether they use chloramine or not, how much lead is in it, TDS, PH, nitrate, etc.

Prime isn't too expensive and lasts a long time.
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different story if your on well water.

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