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thinhthan 05-07-2008 02:07 PM

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

fish_4_all 05-07-2008 02:40 PM

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.

thinhthan 05-08-2008 01:30 AM

would it matter?

fish_4_all 05-08-2008 10:49 AM

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.

bndrinkin 05-08-2008 11:36 AM

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

thinhthan 05-09-2008 08:38 PM

what about the di? dont i need that too?

Puffer 05-10-2008 11:21 AM

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.

thinhthan 05-10-2008 06:31 PM

what should i test for?

Puffer 05-11-2008 11:39 AM

1st Do you have a saltwater Test Kit?

MattD 05-11-2008 04:00 PM

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.

Good luck.

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