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Hello,

I live in garden grove and the tap water here seemed not fit for use in a planted aquarium. So I buy filtered water from a water store. I have been doing this for awhile and its beginning to be a hassle. My question is what kind of water do you guys use?

btw here is a picture to my tank


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Whats your Gh, ph and Kh, your using Pressurized co2 right. and your substrate looks like Aquasoil

Im from West Covina in this is my Water Parameters
Gh 11
Kh 9
Ph 6.9 -7

By the way thats a nice tank
 

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I also live in GG...and I use tapwater without any problems. pH is high, up to 8.6 at times, although more often in the low 8's, but CO2 brings it down to 7 or so, and I have no problems, even with angels, cardinals, cories, plecos, etc, and my angels regularly spawn ever 1.5-2 weeks (although they do end up eating them too)
 

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Up until recently, we were using strictly water from those do it yourself water machines.

However, an employee at a LFS we frequent said that often times this water is lacking in some of the trace elements that are needed, and that it would be a good idea to do a mix of tap and machine water.

Has anyone else heard this before?
 

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Those machines do strip water down. But they often have different levels of minerals as an end result (minerals give the water flavour). So I guess it would depend on what the water you buy actually contains. The machine will probably say. Also if you add fertilizers that will obviously be adding to the overall makeup if the water as well.

So I guess the answer is maybe you should add tap water, but maybe you don't need to. Whatever way you go, doing any water changes with new water at low percentages, so that your fish are shocked with a drastic change in chemistry.
 

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I'm not sure the full makeup of the water that we get out of the DIY water machines, but we've noticed by doing a quick test strip test before we add it to the tank, that it tends to be "perfect" for our tanks. All ammonia, nitrAte, nitrIte, pH etc is where we like it to be.

We have noted, since adding a bit of tap water, that our levels are starting to fluctuate a bit, and I think we've just decided to stick with strictly DIY water machine water. No need putting undue stress on our current inhabitants.
 

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thanks for the info guys.

> Whats your Gh, ph and Kh, your using Pressurized co2 right.
I dont have any testing kits so I dont know [smilie=u:

> and your substrate looks like Aquasoil
Yup. I love it and plants love it. One thing I dont like is the little pieces can break. Also I regret layering different gravels. they get all mixed up when I move the plants around. :(

Well I tried tap water yesterday and so far so good. My HCs bubbled immediately. this didn't happen when I used filtered water.
 
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