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Davio615xx 07-02-2007 12:02 PM

Tap Water?
Can tap water be used when starting a saltwater setup? and can any kind of coral be kept without spending thousands on lighting?

Betta5 07-02-2007 02:11 PM

Right now im just going to start off saying RO water (LFS or RO UNIT) is what you should use in a saltwater reef tank. I use tap water and dechlorinator on my tank (fish only).

As for lighting you can get T5 bulbs and starters now for about £30 that would mean you could keep soft corals and others. If you do use tap water make sure its not really really bad water. I have been told mushrooms and Zoas will be fine in a tank with tap water BUT i would suggest getting an RO unit and i am going to get one. They go for about £50-70 for a decent one but some waste alot of water so im not sure on getting one.

Davio615xx 07-02-2007 02:55 PM

Hey thanks for the info!

black&whiteclowns 07-02-2007 04:29 PM

t5 are great lights i just started with them , for water i used water from the store filtered and added the salt any time you use tap water you add chemicals and i hate to put something extra its no good to remove a chemical thats my feelings i started a 125 and put the right water and live rock and had fish in there in 2 days awesome ,,

black&whiteclowns 07-02-2007 04:30 PM

also use 1 lb. lr per gallon helps alot

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