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Water in the Tank

Posted by thunderxrage (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 19, 06 at 7:45

Okay, in the past, I've had a 10 gallons tank and I did 25% water change every few months. When the water goes down, I just simply add water to the tank. I never have any problem with all my fishes for 3 years. Now, I have a 30 gallons tank and I have some questions. I've read that water change is a must every week at 10% or every month at 25%. I do not believe in the weekly change, but a monthly change sounds fine. I recently learned that each time a water is added to the tank, there are more minimals buildup. Is this true? Wasnt the treatments suppose to zap all the minimals away? Should I use distilled or spring water from the store instead of the tap water? The water in my 30 gallons tank is great at 7.0 PH with no ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite. There are currently 1 tablespoon of salt per 5 gallons = 6 tablespoons. I am curious on what is the best water for the fishes.

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RE: Water in the Tank

Optimal water chemistry is dependant upon the species of fish you are keeping.

What is good ph for Cichlids is bad for Tetras and the water temp best for either would stress any fancy goldfish.

Yes; every time you add water, any minerals in the tank water will be intensified by the new water.

Never use distilled water for live fish, unless you plan to replace all of the vital minerals distillation removes.

Tap water should be okay; just make sure you age it, or treat it to remove all chlorine and any metals.

If you have problems with your tap water; an RO unit is a lot cheaper than buying spring water.

Try one, and you will really love what comes out of your coffee maker.

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