Can you use bottled water

  1. offcentre Initiate Member

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

    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 Fishlore VIP Member

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

  4. offcentre Initiate Member

    125 gal tank. Ok thanks guys:)
     

  5. Cichlidnut Fishlore VIP Member

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

    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.