Originally Posted by fishy592
My plan is to set up a fully planted 40B tack. My question is that, seeing as the tank will be fully planted and my tap water (well water) is soft and contains no chlorine, is water condition truly necessary or would it just be adding extra and unneeded chemicals? My thought process is that the mineral content must be low and that the plants will absorb it. It seems to me that if I dose with a heavy metal detoxifying water conditioner then I will have to dose with a supplement in order to put them back in the water and it would be rediculous to add a dechlorinator due to lack of chlorine. However, I do plan on keeping shrimp and am therefore concerned about the amount of copper in the water. Any suggestions?
In planted tanks with say an initial week planted to condition the tank.
Any water potable to humans is fine.
I run the cold water for 30 seconds to a minute, collect that water and top off my tanks. Never do a water change. Fish have thrived in my tank in 1/2 dozen cities in the US since the late '70's fo ru pto 9 years with no water changes.
(I also heard that the aerobic bacteria in our tanks and introduced by our plants break down chloramines as well.)