09-04-2011, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by JJ77
As you know, I will have a 30g tall bowfront. When I first start up my tank, and let it cycle a long time before adding soft corals, inverts, and fish (obviously not at the same time); would I be safe to use tap water and just add dechlorinate and let it cycle with carbon filter and live rock until everything reaches 0 (ammonia,nitrates)?
I'd have to say no. Have you tested your tap water to see what it contains? the fish won't have an issue with the water once its been dechlored but corals have a hard time with it. Some Softies will do ok because they like Trates and Phosphates. Unless I read wrong and your just going to use the tap water to cycle your tank, then by all means, that won't hurt anything.