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Mike Reid wrote:
> My name is Devin. I want to hatch out my Triops. The directions say to
> use distilled or spring water. We don't have any. Mr Reid thinks
> declorinated tap water that is softened will work. Does anyone else
> have an opinion.
Devin, like John, I don't know what Triops are.
Distilled and "Spring" water are wildly different things, so I don't even
understand the directions, either. "Spring" water is just the same as tap
water in most cases and comes with some dissolved solids. It costs a lot
more, and may have been run through a taste and odor filter to remove some
Some eggs do hatch better in low tds (total dissolved solids) water, so use
RO or deionized water in place of distilled if that's what they need.
Dechlorinated tap water that has been softened doesn't produce as much
osmotic pressure inside the egg, so may not help the hatch as much, unless
your tap water is very low tds.
I often hatch Nothos and SA annuals in pure RO water, and add tap as soon as
the hatch seems complete. Sort of like letting the first water they feel,
when wetted, be like rain water. In nature, it probably rarely works like
that, tho, as the water wetting dry eggs can easily be hard water forced up
from below as the water table rises in the rainy season.
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