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Re: Hard Water, AGA & Perfecto Aquariums APD V2 #964
Just my two cents on these subjects...
Be very careful of bottled distilled water. It is my understanding
(from back in the reef keeping days) that most distilled water is
processed through copper tubing and can still be high in mineral
content that is added back by the distilling equipment. Around here
we have a fairly nasty phosphate content in the tap water and I run
all makeup water through an R.O. and D.I. unit. It's a little
overkill (but the resins certainly last a longer! ;-) ).
I don't think All Glass Aquarium (AGA) or Perfecto necessarily make a
bad product (I have owned several of their tanks), but Oceanic does
make a better product (and their prices reflect it!). The glass is
thicker, the joints are better, and the overall fit and finish is of
higher quality. A Yugo will get you back and forth to work, but a
Cadillac will do in style and more reliably, IF you are willing to pay
the price. What ever tank you choose, make sure it is on a sturdy and
level stand designed to take it's weight. Throw a piece of 1/2" rigid
insulating foam (the blue kind available at home improvement stores
like Lowe's or Home Quarters) under the tank. It will not only help
cushion the tank, but it will help reduce heat loss through the
substrate as well (a real plus if you are using low voltage heating
cables in the substrate).
michael.dunn at thalhimer_com