RO and MINERALS

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RO and MINERALS

Post by paletka » Mon May 12, 2008 5:25 pm

Hi,
I have a question which "salt-minerals" work best to recreate RO
water for breeding ???????????????

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Post by Stevie.K » Mon May 12, 2008 9:47 pm

I have used Kent RO right before, but I am using Aquarium Pharmaceuticals 'Elecro-right' at the moment which replaces more hydrominerals than just salt minerals.

Hope this hepls :wink:

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Post by Barbie » Tue May 13, 2008 5:52 pm

IMO, the best minerals to reconstitute RO for breeding zebras is to not use RO at all, until you need to recreate a rainy season ;).

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Post by Stevie.K » Wed May 14, 2008 2:14 pm

I only started using RO water after my Zebs had bred in tap water, but lost my first batch of fry due to high nitrate levels.

So yes Zebs will breed in many water conditions, but is your water good enough to help your fry survive, without using an alternative such as RO water?

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Post by Barbie » Wed May 14, 2008 5:27 pm

In the US, nitrate levels are one of the things they monitor for in drinking water. RO doesn't necessarily remove nitrate anyway, only the DI portion is doing the majority of that.

With that said, I've seen more people kill fish in general, and zebras in particular, crashing the pH using RO water, and it's honestly just not necessary, or even really beneficial for these guys. If your water is VERY hard (like over 1500 tds) then you could mix it half and half with RO and still be able to stimulate them to spawn. I just think people make way too much of a priority providing conditions the fish themselves don't require to thrive.

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Post by chillired » Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:44 am

Barbie,
I agree, Using RO will take a lot of the water.
While in nature there is lot of mix miniral in the water. Our fish do need this miniral.
Nitra is not in tap water. It's not haveing enough Bacateria in your filter
Good filtration, I personally have more bio filter that is recomended.
Not forgetting the mechanical filtration as well, it dose hold good bacteria.
Try adding more filter media that hold the good bacteria.

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Post by pureplecs » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:18 pm

chillired wrote:Barbie,
I agree, Using RO will take a lot of the water.
While in nature there is lot of mix miniral in the water. Our fish do need this miniral.
Nitra is not in tap water. It's not haveing enough Bacateria in your filter
Good filtration, I personally have more bio filter that is recomended.
Not forgetting the mechanical filtration as well, it dose hold good bacteria.
Try adding more filter media that hold the good bacteria.
Some people do indeed have nitrAte in their tap water. Even with a well established tank people can have issues with nitrAte (usually to over feeding or something) but there are good plants such as wysteria which suck it all right up. :D

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