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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-22-2013, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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help me understand water alteration

Newish shrimp only tank (RCS) very hard water, pH 7.6 - 7.8.

If I mixed distilled water with tap water to give it a softer water/ lower pH would it stay stable? I understand that I would have to do that for the life of the tank. Would it be more trouble than its worth? I want the RCS to flourish not just survive.

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I do specifically that

lfs pre made water in five gallon water change bottle I use 20% dechlor tap 80% ro it's good for shrimp

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or dont waste you time mixing/distilling/dechlorinating/etc...

just start with RO.
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It's only a 1.5 gallon tank so it's no big inconvenience. I would have to see where I could get RO water. Distilled I get at the grocery store. I actually use it for my Venus fly traps. But it does stay stable if I mixed it like that?
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Most grocery stores now have those RO machines out front. You should see if any local stores have these available.
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Using RO water and adding minerals to it is simple and gives you the most control.

If you would rather use tap and RO, then that will work just fine. Only hitch is that sometimes the parameters of tap water can change over time, so you would need to periodically check your tap.
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