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lilbabyvenus 09-11-2013 07:55 AM

Adding bottled water: what kind?
 
My tank levels have been great for a while now (meaning Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate) except for my PH. My tap PH is fluctuating, but always between 6.8 and 7.8 (I test it before I add any water to my tank). However, unless I treat my tank with PH Down, it wants to sit up at 8.2. Our tap water is also very hard. So I'm hoping to replace the water at small changes with bottled water and have the tank PH and hardness lower a bit. I don't know what to use though. I've seen gallons of reverse osmosis filtered, spring water, mineral water, and drinking water. Maybe some of these are really the same? But I'm at a loss as to what should be used in an aquarium.

resa 09-11-2013 08:16 AM

I'm not an expert but I will say I've been there and done that, what your going through. I went to Wal-Mart and bought great value spring water. Just make sure you look at the ingredients. when I used it, everything turned out just fine. good luck
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Boredomb 09-11-2013 08:50 AM

The best to use is either reverse osmosis or distilled water. The others may have other minerals in it that could still keep the PH up depending on the hardness of the water.
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BWG 09-11-2013 01:37 PM

Are you testing water straight from the tap or allowing it to sit out over night with a bubbler to outgas the CO2? Straight from the tap won't give you an accurate reading.

lilbabyvenus 09-11-2013 02:07 PM

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Originally Posted by blackwaterguy (Post 2991145)
Are you testing water straight from the tap or allowing it to sit out over night with a bubbler to outgas the CO2? Straight from the tap won't give you an accurate reading.

No, I didn't know I needed to do that. I actually didn't even have a bubbler intil yesterday, and it's attached to a large structure :-/ I do know our water fluctuates though. Our landlord doesn't keep up with the water softened, and they have two regular home sized ones to soften the water for all 12 town homes on our side, so we never get the same type of water.
I'm more concerned about consistency in the tank now more than anything. I know adding store bought water will slowly change the tank, but at least I'll know what to expect from the water that's being added.


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