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Old 02-22-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
 
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Quick question what is the best bottled water for initial setup of a freshwater aquarium.
I'd prefer to avoid tap water entirely and money is not an issue yet there are so many different types of water for example Spring water, Artesian water, Reverse Osmosis water I mean what would be the best for some freshwater shrimp?

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Old 02-22-2012, 10:12 PM   #2
 
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Quick question what is the best bottled water for initial setup of a freshwater aquarium.
I'd prefer to avoid tap water entirely and money is not an issue yet there are so many different types of water for example Spring water, Artesian water, Reverse Osmosis water I mean what would be the best for some freshwater shrimp?

Thanks, Nick
Simple Distilled water from the grocery store should be fine.
I don't know how you plan to transport it though, R/O water is also good.

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Old 02-22-2012, 10:21 PM   #3
 
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Honestly local pond water would be best..
for my part I would not recommend using pond water you never know what may lay down there and pollute your aquarium even if testing fine with all your test kit unless its like your backyard koi pond then I would not recommend it! and even then for bottle water you better check if its real spring water because alot of it if just plain tap water in a bottle!

I'm just curious as to why would you not want to use your tap water? is there high lvls of nitrate in it?
because a good water conditioner will remove chlorine and chloramine as well as heavy metals
and some like prime will even render ammonia and nitrite less harmful to fish
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:29 PM   #4
 
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for my part I would not recommend using pond water you never know what may lay down there and pollute your aquarium even if testing fine with all your test kit unless its like your backyard koi pond then I would not recommend it! and even then for bottle water you better check if its real spring water because alot of it if just plain tap water in a bottle!

I'm just curious as to why would you not want to use your tap water? is there high lvls of nitrate in it?
because a good water conditioner will remove chlorine and chloramine as well as heavy metals
and some like prime will even render ammonia and nitrite less harmful to fish
It's a security thing I feel safer knowing the aquarium has water worthy of being deemed pure and balanced. Plus the conditioners seem a little extraneous in my opinion why not just put perfect water in the tank in the first place and have a efficient cycling process add some nice moss species and presto ready for the live stock. I'm sure I could use tap but why not use a nice brand of bottled water.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:32 PM   #5
 
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It's a security thing I feel safer knowing the aquarium has water worthy of being deemed pure and balanced. Plus the conditioners seem a little extraneous in my opinion why not just put perfect water in the tank in the first place and have a efficient cycling process add some nice moss species and presto ready for the live stock. I'm sure I could use tap but why not use a nice brand of bottled water.
It wouldn't be like "presto ready for live stock" , you need bacteria to grow on your gravel and filters..
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:34 PM   #6
 
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Local water sources and tap water freak me out, I thought about a local spring water source but dropped that idea for the safety of the livestock. I do not want any pathogens or funny tap water. Just the best water possible.

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Not saying there is anything wrong with those water sources, I would just like water that can help me keep an easy eye on the chemistry.

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Old 02-22-2012, 10:35 PM   #7
 
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It wouldn't be like "presto ready for live stock" , you need bacteria to grow on your gravel and filters..
I mentioned cycling the tank.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:40 PM   #8
 
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I just wanted some opinions on a nice type of bottled water for my tank.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:05 AM   #9
 
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You may have a misconception about water.

First, "pure" water cannot support life, so you do not want to have just pure water in a tank. Such water does not exist in natural habitats with fish.

Second, if you have municipal tap water it will likely be safe for humans, though this might vary depending where you live in the world. Normal tap water in North America or Europe is fine, with a good conditioner. It may need adjusting with respect to GH and pH in some cases for certain fish, but generally speaking it is the best water source for an aquarium.

Third, some bottled water is not good for fish, or may be worse than tap water.

Knowing exactly what you think is wrong with your tap water, and knowing what fish you intend and what the GH and pH are, would help us provide more advice.

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