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Feohw coralbandit

hey, guys. I got my TDS meter today! :)

my tap water Is 197ppm and my aquariums are 315 ppm, probably because of the salt I put in

I’m guessing this is not ideal, so I’m going to probably need get an RO unit

I’m thinking my Brita filter wouldn’t do the trick...lol
 

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Depends what you're keeping. TDS meters pick up everything in the water, they don't just measure hardness. Making RO water and remineralizing is just less work than doctoring tap water, that's all.
 

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Nikao said:
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this is for possibly breeding EBRs or GBRs
I don't breed fish, but anything that requires picky water parameters should start with remineralizing your own RO water. It's also way easier when you are starting with consistent water supply.
 
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do you breed Angelfish? Do they require certain softness or hardness of water? Certain parameters?
Thanks
 

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coralbandit breeds gbr - he suggest around 100 tds but he or someone else noted they will breed in harder water. I think from the very limited experience I have they are just very finicky about change (tds, temp, ...) and prefer a very very stable and clean environment but I didn't have huge long term success with gbr so you might want to ignore myself.
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I will say that my tap water is like 120 and the tanks are like 140.
 

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Why salt ? That won't work with rams at all IMO ..
I am not a fan of salt at all..My only advice about is don't use it ..
After I have no experience to speak of with besides in a marine aquarium .
197 might work for the rams eggs ..
 
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I thought you should use a little aquarium salt in the water for all the fish to promote fin health and other things. Maybe it is only good for treating Ich?? Shrug
 

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Checking your tap water is great but I suggest you get a baseline. Check after a filter and water change, when your tank is the "cleanest" that would be your baseline without adding salt of course. Then keep it somewhere in that range. I just cleaned my canister and did a water change on my 16 gallon and my tds is 163, it was 210 before. Fun little tool if you use it correctly
 

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