Make-Up & Top-Off Water Sources
Make-Up & Top-Off Water Sources
Choosing to use straight tap or another unpurified freshwater source for making up saltwater solutions can lead to many water quality problems in aquariums. Taking the time to filter the water through an RO, DI, or combination RO/DI unit, another type of simple water purification filter, or deciding on the proper source of water will save you from many headaches in the long run.
What's the difference between chlorine and chloramines in tap water?
What's the difference between chlorine and chloramines in tap water? Get the answer to this frequently asked question from aquarium owners about chlorine and chloramines in tap water.
Won't letting tap water sit for a few days remove chloramines?
Won't letting tap water sit for a few days before using it remove the chloramines? Get the answer to this question about chlorine and chloramines in tap water frequently asked by aquarium owners.
FAQ - Can I Use Ocean Water In My Aquarium?
FAQ - Can I Use Ocean Water In My Aquarium? question is answered.
The Problems With Using Tap Water
Do you use water straight from the tap to make-up your sea salt mix or add top-off water to your system? If so, you may be heading for trouble, because many potential problems can arise from using unpurified tap water as your About Guides outline in this feature article.
Aquarium Water Profiled
From the Reef Sources Guide, here is a detailed discussion about choosing a sea salt mix, using tap or RO and DI water as the make-up water source and more about other basic tank parameters, such as the temperature, salinity, and corrilation of alkalinity and pH.
City Mains Water Is Not Good Enough
From the FINS Reefkeeper's FAQs Table of Contents you'll find a background discussion on using city main water in saltwater and reef tanks, along with topics on RO and DI filters with some further comments about water.
Evaporation Make-Up Water & Kalkwasser FAQ
From Robert Metelsky's Simplified Reef Keeping book FAQs, Robert gives an explanation of water evaporation, why it occurs and how to replace it, as well as how adding kalkwasser (calcium) to the make-up water provides a good opportunity to replenish much needed calcium in reef tanks.
Further Comments About Water
From FINS Reefkeepers FAQs, a discussion about using DI, RO and combination RO/DI filter units for home tap water purification.
How Important Is Water Quality? - Using Plain Tap Water
From Robert Metelsky's "Simplified Reef Keeping" FAQs, Robert addresses the effects of using plain tap water in a reef aquarium, the advantages and disadvantages of RO and DI units and comments on using these units for pre-filtering RO and DI water itself.
Tap Water Filtration FAQs 1, 2 & 3
From the WetWebMedia Archive, here you will find three reverse osmosis, deionized and distilled water source FAQ sections containing hobbyists exchanges with Robert Fenner that provides answers to a wide range of questions pertaining to these tap water purification or filtration methods.
Tap/Source Water Use for Marine Aquariums FAQs
From the WetWebMedia Archive, here are hobbyists exchanges with Robert Fenner in a Q & A email type format that address many tap and other types of water source use and treatment questions.
Treating Tap/Source Water for Marine Aquarium Use
From the WetWeb Media Archive, this is an excellent article by Robert Fenner that goes into great detail about the toxic chemicals municipal water supplies put into tap water, such as chlorine, chloramine and fluorine compounds just to name a few, and what you can use to treat the water before use, or do if you already blew it.