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[APD] RE: Heated water

I was told that it's important to run the water in the morning to flush the pipes before you use tapwater, because things can leach in if it's been sitting a long time. That said, I use a hose from my sink to the tank for the 29 and 75 gallon tanks, and have never had any problems. I use cheapo dechlor (no chloramine here) and put it straight into the tank before I start refilling - somewhere between 1x and 3x the recommended dose. I should also point out that there's a pretty major difference in chemistry between my tank and tap - tap is GH=KH=1, ph 7.6 out of the faucet; tank is GH=KH=5, pH =6.8.

The only caution I have is that some faucets drift in temperature - the one I use to fill the 75 drifts pretty radically, and I did kill most of my cardinal tetras once when I didn't notice how cold the water had gotten. Now I use a thermometer and my skin-o-meter to keep an eye on it, and haven't had any problems.


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