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grocery store drinking water
is there anything else i need to add to my water if i use the refillable water from the grocery store
All depends on what the water has in it. If it is simply municiple water then maybe not. If it is truely clean pure filtered water you will need to add a buffering agent to keep you GH and KH at about 3 Degrees. The only way to know is to test your tank water after adding it and adjust it form there.
would it matter?
It does matter for the fish. If the water is too pure then there is no buffering capacity. Without a buffering capacity then any large swings in pH, GH or KH can stress them out. Stress causes vulnerability to disease and parasites.
if this is a new tank you wanna do it right or you will regret it in the end
just go get ro water from a lfs and add the salt yourself. usualy .25 a gal is the cost
what about the di? dont i need that too?
Or you can simply test the Water your buying before you use it to see if the source its coming from is good or not. Then you can adjust the water accordingly.
what should i test for?
1st Do you have a saltwater Test Kit?
Please be cautious when using store bought water. It varies widely from brand to brand, location to location, and from source to source. Use a test kit to determine if a particular brand is suitable, then stick to it.
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