Distilled Water?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Cathy B, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Cathy BNew MemberMember

    I am getting conflicting advice about water changes in my new tank. Should I use distilled water? Tap water-mine is well water? Store bought "spring water"? HELP!
  2. LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    Just use your well water, unless you know of serious problems with it.
  3. Fall RiverValued MemberMember

    You should put a few gallons of your well water in a bucket and run an air stone in it for 24 hrs. Then test it for ammonia, nitrite, nitrates, etc. That will give you a good idea what you are working with. If you don't have to fiddle with your water things will be much easier for you.
  4. Lexi03Well Known MemberMember

  5. sahmadiNew MemberMember

    With most fish you can use tap water as long as it's not un-regularly hard or soft. Usually people use purified water like RO for soft water species such as discus, angelfish, tetras, etc... however, if you are planning to use purified water, make sure to add trace elements such as Kent RO Right in the right amount.

    I use RO water treated with Kent RO Right for german blue rams, angelfish, and red eye tetras.

    I can't say anything on spring or distilled water, sorry.

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