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I have asked this before but I have a way of over thinking things and am confused. I have been mixing r/o water and the tap water I use 50/50, and I now have no idea why. The tap water parameters are ph-7.5, gh-18 dh, kh-5 dh, nitrite-0, nitrate-0 or very close to 0, ammonia-0. Is there a legitimate reason I've been doing this or can i simply use the tap water? I have a 20g with 3 platys.
 

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I can only say what i do personally as im not exactly a full blown water chemist (yet haha), all i add to my water from the tap is a dechlorinator and thats it, iv got lava rocks and mopani roots in my aquariums aswell as its heavily planted and i havent had any issues with water yet. I do 2 tests a week. 2 days before a water change and a second one the day after. So far so good! Sometimes overthinking really doesnt help, as long as your confident with what your doing and your fish are healthy then theres no real need to stress
 

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I can only say what i do personally as im not exactly a full blown water chemist (yet haha), all i add to my water from the tap is a dechlorinator and thats it, iv got lava rocks and mopani roots in my aquariums aswell as its heavily planted and i havent had any issues with water yet. I do 2 tests a week. 2 days before a water change and a second one the day after. So far so good! Sometimes overthinking really doesnt help, as long as your confident with what your doing and your fish are healthy then theres no real need to stress
Over thinking is the enemy for me, I just cant figure out why I was mixing in the first place. Thanks.
 

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Everyone starts somewhere and over time it will all become 2nd nature! I started with aquariums when i was in my early teens and i have learned so much more in the time iv been a member of this forum than i did in roughly 20 years!!!!

What i was doing before i started coming on here seemed to have worked, very rarely have any losses, but with the wealth of knowledge available from other members it has taken it all to a new level!

Im addicted to this hobby, i drive people at work and family nuts, but i dont care i have found something that interests me, brings out my creative streak, improves my knowledge and expands the mind.

The results im starting to get now are superb, better than anything before.

All i can say is if you need to ask anything that will improve what you do and how then ask, your confidence will build and your hobby will flourish!
 

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Everyone starts somewhere and over time it will all become 2nd nature! I started with aquariums when i was in my early teens and i have learned so much more in the time iv been a member of this forum than i did in roughly 20 years!!!!

What i was doing before i started coming on here seemed to have worked, very rarely have any losses, but with the wealth of knowledge available from other members it has taken it all to a new level!

Im addicted to this hobby, i drive people at work and family nuts, but i dont care i have found something that interests me, brings out my creative streak, improves my knowledge and expands the mind.

The results im starting to get now are superb, better than anything before.

All i can say is if you need to ask anything that will improve what you do and how then ask, your confidence will build and your hobby will flourish!
I make a point of learning something every time I'm on this forum. And i try to help people who know less than me, all 2 of them.
 

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In my opinion the best thing to do is to get the fish acclimated to your normal water. I would never advise someone alter their water chemistry unless it was at an extreme. I know some will disagree, but in my experience stable water is better than perfect water....unless you have the time and energy to be constantly concerned about it.
 

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In my opinion the best thing to do is to get the fish acclimated to your normal water. I would never advise someone alter their water chemistry unless it was at an extreme. I know some will disagree, but in my experience stable water is better than perfect water....unless you have the time and energy to be constantly concerned about it.
Ok then, I assume the above listed parameters are livable for platys and I can stop buying and mixing r/o water. Thats a relief, its only 35 cents a gal but i spend way more in gas getting it. Thanks.
 

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there are plenty of differing opinions on how fish should be kept. Different forums have different attitudes about things. Here, people are really into the water chemistry. Elsewhere, not so much. And everything in between. I don't know if your water chemistry is "good" for platys, as all that g, k, and dh are things I don't care about. I'm sure there are people with your water that are keeping platys without having to buy their water.
 

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there are plenty of differing opinions on how fish should be kept. Different forums have different attitudes about things. Here, people are really into the water chemistry. Elsewhere, not so much. And everything in between. I don't know if your water chemistry is "good" for platys, as all that g, k, and dh are things I don't care about. I'm sure there are people with your water that are keeping platys without having to buy their water.
Your response makes sense, as usual. Sometimes I cant see the forest for the trees. Once again, thank you.
 

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In your situation, you are fine out of the tap for livebearers, as they require medium hard to hard water with a basic pH. While the result from mixing as you describe wold still be in the acceptable range, provided the pH remains above 7, there is no need to be doing this for livebearers.

If you intended keeping soft acidic water fish, some species would not last long in your tap water, others would "adapt" to some extent. The stress caused to fish by any environmental aspect that is significantly different from their natural preference does affect the fish's physiology and causes health issues and a shorter lifespan.

Are you sure this wasn't a carry-over from another tank you had, or someone else's thread?
 

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In your situation, you are fine out of the tap for livebearers, as they require medium hard to hard water with a basic pH. While the result from mixing as you describe wold still be in the acceptable range, provided the pH remains above 7, there is no need to be doing this for livebearers.

If you intended keeping soft acidic water fish, some species would not last long in your tap water, others would "adapt" to some extent. The stress caused to fish by any environmental aspect that is significantly different from their natural preference does affect the fish's physiology and causes health issues and a shorter lifespan.

Are you sure this wasn't a carry-over from another tank you had, or someone else's thread?
Yes, you're right, it started with my first tank. I eventually got it right so I started a 2nd tank. I kept mixing water in the 2nd, forgot why, and got confused. Now I think I have myself under control. thanks.
 
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