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post #1 of 5 Old 02-26-2008, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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questions on water changes and maintance?

ive got a couple of beginner questions here please help.

when replacing evaporated water, should i use distilled or saltwater?
some guy told my friend he should cycle his tank every couple of weeks? i thought cycling was just at the start to get things going

ill probly have more questions so stay tuned.
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-26-2008, 03:59 PM
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you will want to use freshwater, preferable ro-di, when replacing evaporated water b/c the salt itself stays in the tank and replacing it with saltwater will eventually lead to high salinity. As far as cycling, unless you somehow sterilize the nitrifying bacteria in your tank, you should only have to cycle once, your friend might be referring to water changes, which are necessary every few weeks : )
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ok ive i have no access to Ro/Di water, and ive heard not to use tap water, should i use distilled? Dont worry i know how to do water changes 8)
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I would imagine distilled should work fine
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alright thanks, because they sell it for like 72 cents a gallon. which do you prefer, saltwater from the ocean, or the kind you mix togethor?
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