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I've seen alot of people mention using a python to clean tanks and refill with. Wouldnt this be bad?!? I mean putting tap water into your tank. I have my own RO unit at home. Can someone elaborate on dumping chlorinated water in your tank.
The python is extremely quick for removing water but would not be beneficial for refilling if you use RO water unless the RO system is connected to your faucet.
I use it on all my freshwater tanks and when I am ready to refill, start the refill and dose prime as I am refilling. I have a wet dry filter in my sumps and usually dump the prime in there, if you dont have a sump, just put it in the tank.
It will not cause major problems unless you didnt dose prime or other water conditioner.
Why are you using a RO unit? Tap water in your area that bad? Trying to achieve a certain water balance? Most (probably 99%) of fresh water tanks don't use RO water for the simple reason its not needed as their tap water does the trick with just a dechlorinator.
Poor water quailty
Yes I learned the hard way. Here in Panama City Beach our city water quality fluctuates. About 7 years ago after I decided to get back into the hobby I did a water change using dechlorinator all my fish died. 4 weeks later I got a letter from water board stating a large amount of detergents had been used earlier in the month. Ever since I have used a RO/RI Deionizer unit. No more dead fish related to water quality.
I dont drink tap water here neither does my dog.
I agree, if the tap water is that unreliable, RO is the best way to go. One can deal with chlorine and chloramine via good water conditioners, but they will not detoxify detergents.
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