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Old 10-31-2013, 11:51 AM
Location: Mount Laurel
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Originally Posted by HookTheBrotherUp View Post
I use RO water on all my tanks. In my saltwater tank, it goes straight in when topping off; in the freshwater tank, I usually mix half RO and half tap with a little neutralizer. Tap water will kill sensitive fish, or inverts, such as shrimp. I keep CRS shrimp and they are very sensitive to bad water.
Not all tap water are the same.

Tap water can be used if you know their parameters. I use tap water for my tanks and SAFE to take out the chlorine. I don't even age mine, straight to tank at around 84 degree.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:28 AM
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Yeah, I use tap water with Prime, and my shrimp thrive. The public water supply in my state is supposed to be very good quality with frequent testing, though. Maybe some states have poor public water?
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:38 PM
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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WHERE are you living?
Water is different everywhere, and the choramines are the real killers today. It used to be chlorine, which usually dissipates with active aeration for at least a day. Even then, it's the other things showing up. Calgarys' own water site, as an example, doesn't give the detail you need to assess water quality. It's LOADED with phosphates that affect PH, and rising and falling PH will kill lots of critters.

I cut local Vancouver, BC water, which is soft, filter with activated charcoal, and our club pretty much agrees you can't over-filter water. Calgary, AB and the prairie water will kill just about anything. Outside Calgary where I was working in Langdon I thought the water was 3% transmission fluid.

While anabantids like gourami's and betta have an accessory air organ you'll burn their gills.
Most states and provinces I'll start with bottled water as there is an investment in breeding stock I want to protect.
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