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The occasional water change.
Old 12-04-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
 
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The occasional water change.

I know that filtered or distilled water is recommended. Some of us, not many, are blessed with relatively good water straight from the tap.
Mine has nitrates 10ppm from the tap and this does not vary much.
Once the aquaripure cycles and drops the nitrates, what will the impact of fresh water will be?
To give you an idea of what I do, I run the water into a 55 gallon rubbermaid brute and keep it @ 72 degrees. I let it sit at least a week before I use. Once a week water changes... this gives cholrine a chance to dissipate.
I will not be buying (or even making--I have a small tabletop distiller) distilled water. So, they are going to have to make do with the tap water.
Still, what is the impact?
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:12 PM   #2
 
I've never heard that distilled water is recommended, but quite the opposite actually. Distilled water is essentially dead water.

Tap water is perfectly fine so long as you condition it with a proper conditioner to neutralize chlorine. I use Big Al's own brand, but there are many on the market.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:11 PM   #3
 
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Yep. I have been using tap water. I even was directly re-filling from the tap using API's tap water conditioner. I changed to storing the water in a garbage can.
My question was what would the impact of tap water with 10 ppm nitrates on a tank where the Aquaripure dropped the nitrates to near zero.
I have no itention of using distilled.

Thank you for responding though.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:47 PM   #4
 
There is no impact with tap water if you dechorlinate it, unless your water has other issues. I've been running dechlorinated TW in my saltwater tank for 6 weeks with no issues and have always (20+years) run TW in my fresh water tanks.

Not really sure what your question is.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:47 AM   #5
 
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Yep. I have been using tap water. I even was directly re-filling from the tap using API's tap water conditioner. I changed to storing the water in a garbage can.
My question was what would the impact of tap water with 10 ppm nitrates on a tank where the Aquaripure dropped the nitrates to near zero.
I have no itention of using distilled.

Thank you for responding though.
I would think that there would be a brief rise in nitrates and that your Aquaripure would bring it back down. Also, I think it would be reasonable to assume that you could divide the nitrates by the percentage of your water change. For example, 50% water change with 10 nitrate tap water would equal 5 nitrate total in tank after water change. Hope I'm not missing something here. Not really familiar with Aquaripure.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:11 AM   #6
 
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i would think, logically, there would be an increase. Just not sure by how much and if the fish could weather it.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:35 AM   #7
 
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The total water change vs tank capacity should provide the increase amount and the fish should be OK. Nitrates are the least harmful in the ammonia chain and the levels we're talking about are well within the safe range. Add to that your nitrate filter and it seems that you should be fine adding normal conditioned tap water for water changes.
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