I found a seller on Aquabid who NEVER uses water conditioner. He says his fish are raised in RAW New York tap water. That just seems foolhardy to me. I would never buy from him, because I wouldn't be sure how long my fish would live! BTW, here's a link to one of his auctions so you can see for yourself. I wouldn't even make this post if I weren't so shocked! http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...shm&1293421991
When I first joined I recall seeing a post about this. the fish look good, but that really does seem crazy. Maybe he's in a lucky area where the water is just pretty safe? Still, even if his fish ARE used to and okay living in those conditions, it seems like it would be hard to get them to adapt... :c
There was a thread on this before, and I'll say the same. I'm willing to bet that many breeders use something to clean the water, since no one wants to spend the money to buy conditioner for as many fish as they might have. Either that, or he's like me. My water is very safe, and I do not use it any conditioner for any of my fish. I haven't had any deaths (other than euthanasia) since April, and I have 14 happy, healthy, beautiful fish. The circumstance is unknown to us, so we can't really yell or get angry. Odds are his water is safe since his fish are 1) alive, and 2) not bad looking.
I didn't know there was safe tap water, but I'll take your word for it, since you have healthy fish. But it still might be hard for them to acclimate to MY water conditions. MrVamp, how many drops per gallon does stress coat take? Or Teaspoons per 10 gallons? The one I use (Jungle Start Right) only takes 10 drops per gallon, or one Teaspoon per 10gallons.