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    Default Which mineral water is best?

    I am planning to top up water with bottled water.
    When I look at their content info, each brand has different pH, mineral content, nitrate level.

    I am not sure which to go for.
    The only one I see with negligible nitrate content is buxton brand

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    Mineral water, you mean RO water? RO water should be reading all parameters zero and should have a low PH level...

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    No, I do mean bottled mineral water like evian, volvic etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by keluar View Post
    No, I do mean bottled mineral water like evian, volvic etc
    You shouldnt be topping off water with minerals in them but we all do it. What ends up happening is the mineral content starts to creep up in your tank from the top off.

    imagine daily evaporation of 200ml (thats quite a bit) and you top off with 10TDS water daily: (math will be totally wrong and dependent of tank size and water volume but it gives an example)

    day 1: 150 tds
    day 2: 155 tds
    day 3: 165 tds
    ...
    ...
    ... and so on

    Best waters for topping off are those without minerals because it doesnt change your overall dissolved solids in your water. RO/ or RODI works great, if that's not accessible distilled works just as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imi_sky View Post
    You shouldnt be topping off water with minerals in them but we all do it. What ends up happening is the mineral content starts to creep up in your tank from the top off.

    imagine daily evaporation of 200ml (thats quite a bit) and you top off with 10TDS water daily: (math will be totally wrong and dependent of tank size and water volume but it gives an example)

    day 1: 150 tds
    day 2: 155 tds
    day 3: 165 tds
    ...
    ...
    ... and so on

    Best waters for topping off are those without minerals because it doesnt change your overall dissolved solids in your water. RO/ or RODI works great, if that's not accessible distilled works just as well.
    Thanks.. Unfortunately, I don't have the space for R/O and usually topping up with my tap water (properly treated) will result in some deaths. hence I thought mineral water as I gathered from other site is an alternative

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    Distilled water is just as available for purchase as mineral water, and it contains almost nothing. It is a great alternative, and is often much cheaper than mineral water.

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    No mineral water for shrimps, evian is too luxury for shrimps ..
    it increase gH

    distill water is the best option, of course it will be expensive in long run using that for top ups
    pH is usually lower around 6+ pH

    usually ppl mix 50/50 Ro and treated aged water

    generally top up evaporation with distill is not a plan
    I used to do that but I finish 2 litres in a fortnight
    it a hassle and costly

    back to tap water, you need to know it well enough and how to use it
    I do not know what are your water parameters from UK (gH,kH,nitrate..etc), but you have to find out how from other fellow mates at your area

    You have to identify why your livestocks are dying after top ups.
    you may also wish to share how much top ups, how often and how you treat the water
    there's just too many reason shrimps could die from water top ups (not water change)

    this is a valuable article hopefully you will find useful
    http://www.ratemyfishtank.com/articles/108

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    Actually, to be honest. It is more costly if you buy RO water by 5gallons at a time. What i did and my friend we bought an RO unit, yes it might be a little expensive at 100+ dollars when you buy a unit BUT this will last you for years and unlimited RO water supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keluar View Post
    Thanks.. Unfortunately, I don't have the space for R/O and usually topping up with my tap water (properly treated) will result in some deaths. hence I thought mineral water as I gathered from other site is an alternative
    Your LFS should sell RO water, it costs me 3.50 for 25l.
    When i die make sure my wife sells my shrimp for what they are worth, not what i told her they are worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MananaP View Post
    Actually, to be honest. It is more costly if you buy RO water by 5gallons at a time. What i did and my friend we bought an RO unit, yes it might be a little expensive at 100+ dollars when you buy a unit BUT this will last you for years and unlimited RO water supply.
    Is there a tutorial on how you built your unit?

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