12-19-2012, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by JDM
Great article Byron, thanks for the link.
I spent some time at the LFS today talking to a couple of people there. Something one fellow said twigged me onto the idea of cutting my water with RO water seeing as it needs added what I have in abundance. It might work well. A local food store does their own RO for sale so I can pre-prep my water, maybe buy in bulk.
I may need to change my initial fish selections... But I will see what my water mixing can do first.
I was a little concerned about the Sodium after having read some articles on how the fish interact with the water. Half and half with RO water will still leave a fair amount in there even though it's better.
I want to get the tank going with driftwood, sand, plants and see where the testing results end up. Maybe pick the hardiest of our choices of fish to get some fishy respiration going on.
Regarding the sodium. We've always had a very low sodium diet, never added except a bit in some dishes and no take out food... I guess this sort of explains why we've never had any issues with too little sodium. Needs more looking into anyway though. Perhaps I'll have to have us just start drinking the fish prepped water...
Yes, I would check into that sodium. I'm not a chemist, and have to rely on my research sites, but that seems very high to me.
The mixing pure water with tap water is a good option, if you can get "pure" water such as RO. Rainwater also works, if you receive sufficient of that.