01-13-2013, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by IamPIRANHA
Is it safe to use tap water in my fish tank?
Water for aquariums should be dechlorinated. The Portland Water Bureau uses chlorine and ammonia to disinfect Portland's water in a process called chloramination. Disinfection is important so humans don't get waterborne diseases. Chloramines can be lethal to fish, however, so it's important to adequately dechlorinate water before it's added to an aquarium.
If you have copper plumbing, be sure to run the water to flush out water that has been sitting in contact with the piping. Copper can be toxic to fish. You can reduce copper in your water if you run the water for several minutes to flush your pipes.
So far i've found this i'm going to look for the pH and Hardness.
Just called the water quality line and because it's sunday their closed :/ but did get ahold of someone that said the pH runs about 8. I'll probably just go ahead and head over to my LFS and get the testing done there to find out what everything is since the guy didn't seem like he was 100% positive of his answer. I'll let you guys know when I find out. Does anyone know if this forum has an iPhone app?
Yes tap water is safe to use once you use dechlorinator. Since your tap has ammonia in it, look for a product like Seachem's Prime that detoxifies ammonia as well as chlorine.
I don't think we have an iPhone app, but I know a lot of people access the regular website on their smartphones and navigate around just fine.