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post #1 of 5 Old 02-14-2012, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 5 Old 02-14-2012, 08:32 PM
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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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post #3 of 5 Old 02-15-2012, 06:22 PM
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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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post #4 of 5 Old 02-16-2012, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #5 of 5 Old 02-16-2012, 10:55 AM
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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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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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