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Reverse osmosis water for aquariums?

Discussion in 'Aqua Park' started by Kiwibird08, 2/29/16.

  1. Kiwibird08

    Kiwibird08 Jogging around the block

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    Curious, if you have RO water and want to make it suitable for an (freshwater) aquarium, what product would you need to add to it? Hoping someone on here will know. Thanks!
     
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    I don't think hubby adds anything but are we talking water change or start up cycle?
     
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    I think just regular tap water. 50/50.
     
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    Ah yes, we are on a well and a water softener to boot so he only uses the RO
     
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    It's for my long established newts tank. I'm tired of buying gallon bottles of spring water for water changes and would like to get a 5 gallon jug I can just refill at the store. The store only has RO water you can do refills with though. I will never use our tap water ever again in my tank (it's only about 5 gallons of water in it). I did once and the water clouded up (and yes, I did use the conditioner drops), it left horrendous un-cleanable hard water marks and I had to change it all out and recycle it with spring water.

    I know RO water is not good for aquariums as is and needs something added to replace some of the minerals (or so I've heard).
     
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    Just an update, I managed to find a product: Amazon.com : Seachem Replenish 500ml (17oz) : Pet Supplies

    So far Mr. Newt seems ok with me doing water changes with the RO water and "replenish" solution:) He is just one newt, lives in a 1/2 full 10 gallon (he needs land too) so we aren't talking massive water changes here and it's MUCH nicer to pay 30 cents a gallon and fill up a 5 gallon container than pay $1 a jug and have big empty gallon jugs to contend with until recycling day in our very tiny kitchen.
     

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