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Old 02-14-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
 
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I've seen alot of people mention using a python to clean tanks and refill with. Wouldnt this be bad?!? I mean putting tap water into your tank. I have my own RO unit at home. Can someone elaborate on dumping chlorinated water in your tank.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
 
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The python is extremely quick for removing water but would not be beneficial for refilling if you use RO water unless the RO system is connected to your faucet.

I use it on all my freshwater tanks and when I am ready to refill, start the refill and dose prime as I am refilling. I have a wet dry filter in my sumps and usually dump the prime in there, if you dont have a sump, just put it in the tank.

It will not cause major problems unless you didnt dose prime or other water conditioner.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:22 PM   #3
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Why are you using a RO unit? Tap water in your area that bad? Trying to achieve a certain water balance? Most (probably 99%) of fresh water tanks don't use RO water for the simple reason its not needed as their tap water does the trick with just a dechlorinator.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:02 AM   #4
 
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Poor water quailty

Yes I learned the hard way. Here in Panama City Beach our city water quality fluctuates. About 7 years ago after I decided to get back into the hobby I did a water change using dechlorinator all my fish died. 4 weeks later I got a letter from water board stating a large amount of detergents had been used earlier in the month. Ever since I have used a RO/RI Deionizer unit. No more dead fish related to water quality.

I dont drink tap water here neither does my dog.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:55 AM   #5
 
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I agree, if the tap water is that unreliable, RO is the best way to go. One can deal with chlorine and chloramine via good water conditioners, but they will not detoxify detergents.
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