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New Planted tank question

I am planning on starting a new planted tank from scratch, and was wondering if I should use RO water to fill up the 30 gallon tank that I will be using, or if tap water is fine.

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A lot depends on your tap water and on what type of fish, shrimp, and plants you want to keep. Decide that first.
Then go to your water district's web site and find their water report. Post the numbers and members will advise on what your options are.

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I woud like to add this: If you are on city tap water and only intend to get fish/shrimp from a local pet store which is also on that same tap water the chances are that those fish are already used to that water.
Still best advise is to follow the suggestion of OVT.

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I would test your tap water before anything.
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Thanks everyone!

Appreciate the responses!
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I'm lazy and cheap, ro water costs $ and if you have shrimp or plants you have the added science/work of re-mineralizing and adding ferts to make up for whats no longer in the water. If you have any sort of hardscape, substrate, or decor that effects ph you can't easily control it with the RO water.. I just deal with that I have and try to get fish and plants that are able to adapt to my water.

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