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Can you use bottled water

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  1. offcentre

    offcentre Initiate Member

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    Sorry if this sounds stupid, but, would using mineral water resolve the chlorine problem? And would it quicken the cycle process?
     
  2. LyndaB

    LyndaB Fishlore Legend Member

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    No and no. How's that for an answer? ;D

    You're better off using tap water than bottled water because bottled has been almost too purified. It doesn't have any beneficial "stuff" in it for the fish.

    The water you use has nothing to do with the cyling process really.

    Get yourself a good dechlorinator like Prime, which also removes heavy metals, and your tank will be happy and safe.
     
  3. Cichlidnut

    Cichlidnut Fishlore VIP Member

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    How big of a tank would you be using it in? No it would not quicken your cycle.
     
  4. offcentre

    offcentre Initiate Member

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    125 gal tank. Ok thanks guys:)
     
  5. Cichlidnut

    Cichlidnut Fishlore VIP Member

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    Yeah, that's wayyy to big to use bottled water.
     
  6. bowcrazy

    bowcrazy Well Known Member Member

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    Even if you were getting the bottled water in the 5 gallon jug size it would be rather costly to do weekly water changes on a tank that size. As others have recommended I would personally get a good water conditioner like Seachem Prime or Kordon AmQuel Plus which will remove the chlorine and chloramines and detoxify any left over ammonia and nitrites. They will also help remove heavy metals and some of the nitrates but not near all.
     
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