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Old 11-29-2010, 06:39 PM   #1 
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Tap water Safety

I am contemplating switching from spring water to tap water for my fish to save money.
I have a 5 gallon filtered tank with plants.

I just tested my tap water...

Nitrite: 0
Total Hardness: Soft (75ppm)
Alkalinity: Moderate (80ppm)
pH: "Neutral" (7.2)
NH3/NH4+: 1ppm

Does anyone know if there is a filter that can make it into Spring water?

What is the best way to make it safe for the fish? (How much of X per gallon?) How should I introduce him to the new water? Anything else I should know? Thank you!
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:41 PM   #2 
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The tap water sounds fine. Just get some water conditioner (I recommend Prime). However you'll have to acclimate him gently to the new water. Too much of a change can shock him.
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:31 PM   #3 
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Yeah, tap water is fine to use, just add water conditioner :)
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:11 PM   #4 
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I use tap water for my betta and i use prime to treat it. My betta is doing just fine :)
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:07 PM   #5 
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I use tap water, and I have always used tap water for all of my fish tank.s I add water conditioner. For my betta I also add stress coat.
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:51 PM   #6 
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Tampa hard tap water is pretty nasty compared to say, NYC (ya, NYC tap isn't as bad as you'd imagine! lol) or Oregon tap....But my bettas have done well in it despite this. I treat it with PRIME,
and when you use distilled or reverse osmosis water, you have to ADD back minerals...For RO water (to give a softer PH to my CT), I use "Seachem Replenish".

You could buy a RO machine...We got one for $150 that constantly holds/refills up to 3G's
under the kitchen sink. :)
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