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post #11 of 17 Old 06-28-2011, 06:46 AM
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I agree with what everyone stated above. I would never add untreated water to a tank. You can use spring water, but that can get pricey and add up quick. I reccomend picking up a bottle of Prime, it is highly concentrated stuff and can go along way. I beleve one cap full can great 55G of new water. Prime is a great product to help make your tap water safe for your fishes.

I also agree with the unreliability of strip testing. You can get the really nice liquid test kit made by API for around $25 at Walmart of my LFS. See if you can pick up one of these test kits and get a more accurate reading of your tanks water. There may be lying problems you can't see from a faulty test strip.

Also, what is the 55G stocked with and what kind of filtration do you have on it?

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post #12 of 17 Old 06-28-2011, 09:14 AM
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I agree with what everyone stated above. I would never add untreated water to a tank. You can use spring water, but that can get pricey and add up quick. I reccomend picking up a bottle of Prime, it is highly concentrated stuff and can go along way. I beleve one cap full can great 55G of new water. Prime is a great product to help make your tap water safe for your fishes.

I also agree with the unreliability of strip testing. You can get the really nice liquid test kit made by API for around $25 at Walmart of my LFS. See if you can pick up one of these test kits and get a more accurate reading of your tanks water. There may be lying problems you can't see from a faulty test strip.

Also, what is the 55G stocked with and what kind of filtration do you have on it?

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Completely agree with JohnnyD44.

A bottle of Seachem Prime and tap's all you need it terms of water changes.
Don't bother with spring water ... tap water's usually got all the necessary nutrients / ions needed - minus the chlorine of course. Distilled water lacks the those nutrients and ions ..not worth the hassle.

Test strips = junk. Not worth the $$$$. API test master kit's the way to go.

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post #13 of 17 Old 06-28-2011, 10:14 AM
Ideally, if one was to correctly compensate for excessive evaporation, distilled water would be the best choice, especially if the water contains a fair amount of mineral content (as these would be concentrated).
However, most of the time, with moderate evaporation, the weekly water change is typically sufficient (if not ideal) to deal with 'freshening' the tank water. In the case of high evaporation, perhaps a greater water change is warranted.
If the water supply is chlorinated, of course one should never add un-aged or untreated water to the aquarium as it may upset the biology and/or prove lethal to the stock.

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post #14 of 17 Old 06-28-2011, 05:42 PM
With tap water, you do need to use a water conditioner to eliminate the chlorine and chloramine. From what I understand and have read, you do your usual water changes and top up the amount that has evaporated. I have not had a problem with doing this. And I think that everyone has experienced evaporation. Just having water running through the HOB filter and back into the tank causes my tanks to lose water through evaporation all of the time.
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post #15 of 17 Old 06-28-2011, 09:43 PM
It occurs to me that at certain times of year, the air in a home can become so dry (we often experience it in winter) that water evaporates so fast from an aquarium that you'd think it had a leak! Since air this dry is not healthy, perhaps a humidifier is an appropriate answer?

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post #16 of 17 Old 07-17-2011, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone for the suggestions.

im treating any water i add.

i love fish...but i don't like to eat them
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post #17 of 17 Old 07-25-2011, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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well its been over a week and so far so good...no one else has died and fins are growing back. i do have to add about 2-3 gasl a week in my 55gal. im guessing due to the hot weather.

i do keep the house around 76-78 when im home and about 79-82 when im gone. anyone else have to add a lot too?

i love fish...but i don't like to eat them
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