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Old 04-27-2010, 09:22 PM   #11 
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That shouldn't cause you any problems.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:29 PM   #12 
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Also the tap water in my area is high in ammonia, even with the Prime water conditioner the water tests at around 1ppm. Will this be okay when I actually have fish in the tank and do water changes?
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:48 PM   #13 
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It's far from ideal. I'd recommend trying to see if there's another source for water you can depend on. Lots of LFS's sell water for not too much money. I use R/O, myself.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:54 PM   #14 
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Can I use spring water that is bottled or another form of bottled water?

Also, what's R/O water? I'm still learning. O.o
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:05 PM   #15 
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Bottled waters can be dicey. You don't really know what you're getting.

R/O = Reverse-osmosis. I pay about $25/mo. for a system in the house. It's great for drinking, removes all heavy metals, softens the water considerably and lowers the pH to approx. neutral. I use very, very little water conditioner any more.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:19 PM   #16 
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That sounds amazing! I wish I could get a system like that but I live in an apartment right now and I'm sure they would flip if they saw I was having some sort of system installed.

How much is water going to cost me from the pet store?
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:28 PM   #17 
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What about a Brita faucet attachment? Do those remove ammonia?
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Old 04-28-2010, 12:20 AM   #18 
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My roommate put one on our faucet a long time ago but I'm sure its long past expired by now. I've tested both the water directly from the faucet and from the brita filter with near same result.
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Old 04-28-2010, 12:47 AM   #19 
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That sounds amazing! I wish I could get a system like that but I live in an apartment right now and I'm sure they would flip if they saw I was having some sort of system installed.

How much is water going to cost me from the pet store?
A basic system is just a tank under your sink. They need to drill a very small hole into the sink for the faucet. Most places aren't all that much against it. You could always ask your landlord about it...if the tap water has high levels of ammonia, you probably won't be the first to ask.

The price is going to vary, depending on the store. Mine has huge 500-1000 gallon vats, and I don't think they charge all that much for it. Unfortunately, though, I don't buy it since I'm good with my own little system.
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:45 PM   #20 
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I use RO water as well...don't have the system installed at home...YET! I buy RO water for $ .25/gallon at the LFS. I also think "mineral additives" are a good idea when using RO water...it replenishes some of the minerals the fish need.
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