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    Quote[/b] (krystian @ June 23 2005,5:29)]-Can't use tap water for aquariums because the chlorine will kill fish... at least our tap water contains it.
    Use a dechlorinator. That's how 95% of the aquarists out there do it, honestly.

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    Simplest way to do this would be to buy a ten gallon tank...get yourself a nice 15 watt fixture(more light might be good too) put some kind of small fish like Heterandria formosa in there and then use Utricularia gibba. No need for soft or distilled water and the utric will spread like crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (krystian @ June 23 2005,5:29)]-Can't use tap water for aquariums because the chlorine will kill fish... at least our tap water contains it.
    Use a dechlorinator. That's how 95% of the aquarists out there do it, honestly.
    or, before you do a water change, let the water sit in a 5-gallon bucket for 24 hours, chlorine dissapates naturally..

    you honestly dont know about the cholrine drops?
    a few drops neutrilizes chlorine..
    thats actually how 99.999% of people do it..
    everyone with an aquarium uses tap water,
    no one uses pure distilled...ever.
    its poison for your fish.
    im very serious.
    it will kill them.

    use tap water! its perfectly fine..

    Scot

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    Yes, actually I just started with aquariums. I guess I failed to mention that I have a 1 gallon starter aquarium... the representative at the store said that since my aquarium is small, distilled water won't pose a problem.

    I'm glad to learn so much about this new venture. I have seen chlorine tablets, I just didn't think much of using it due to the small size of the aquarium.

    Though- I'm doubting what the rep says. I would think that in a small environment, small changes are required for environment shifts. Large aquariums, I would think, require more of something to change their state due to larger water volume (and buffer effect?).

    I guess I'll have to look into chlorine tablets then. I'll read up on it. I'm hope I didn't seem ignorant, I've just been taking in whatever I can from what I thought was good sources I've come across from discussing this with representatives at the store (my primary source... though now I'm doubting credability after reading some responses). I'm coming into aquariums from feeling adventurous due to success I've had growing Carnivorous plants.

    By the way: I'm talking about WALMART (and their fish department)

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    Get some "stress coat" by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals. It neutralizes chlorine and chloromines out of tap water. It also enhances the slime coating on fish. Whenever I do a water change I add it to the water. Doesn't hurt the fish, it actually helps them. Yes, distilled water will kill fish, actually it would kill humans too if that was the only thing a human drank. A person would die faster drinking distilled water than drinking nothing at all.
    Also, you need to "cycle" the tank. Fish poop turns into ammonia, which is broken down by bacteria into nitrite, which is broken down by more bacteria into nitrate, which is actually plant fertilizer(not good for CP's). Until your tank is properly cycled, expect to lose fish. It takes about a month for the cycle to run it's course. A used filter cartridge taken out of a tank that has been running for a while added to the tank will dramatically shorten the cycling process.
    Goldfish are the gross polluters of the fish world, very messy and dirty. Get some platys or something like that instead.
    There are very few store reps that actually know what they are talking about.
    Here... go to this site. And read and learn.
    5 years ago I decided to set up a coral reef tank. I went online and researched the subject and read as much as I could for 6 months before I ever added 1 drop of saltwater to my tank. Now the tank is 5 years old and is a very healthy balanced self sustaining ecosystem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (scottychaos @ June 23 2005,9:28)]or, before you do a water change, let the water sit in a 5-gallon bucket for 24 hours, chlorine dissapates naturally..
    Sorry to nitpick...but with the introduction of chloramine this is no longer safe advice to follow. I believe chloramine takes at least a few weeks to dissipate out of water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (krystian @ June 23 2005,4:08)]the representative at the store said that since my aquarium is small, distilled water won't pose a problem.
    ugh...NEVER listen to anything the high-school flunkies at Walmart say..
    they are clueless..
    actually, you would be best served by never buying anything from the Aquarium department at Walmart ever again..

    http://www.petlibrary.com/goldfish/walmart.htm

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/walmartfish



    the guy at Walmart who said you can use distilled is just dead wrong..
    he probably just made it up on the spot.
    or he got that info from his "training"..which is probably NO real training whatsoever..

    a one-gallon is too small to support basically anything..
    maybe one betta, but thats about it.

    IMO, a 10-gallon is too small too.
    If animal cruelty laws applied to fish (which they dont)
    goldfish bowls, "aquababies" and any tank under 2 gallons would be illegal.
    http://www.peta.org/feat/aquab/

    you would be best to start with a 10-gallon tank at the absolute minimum.
    actually, if you can afford it, it would be best to start to start with a 20 or 29 gallon tank..
    basically.. buy the largest tank you can afford!
    and have the space for..

    yes, smaller tanks will take much smaller changes to "shift" in water quality..because there is such little water there.
    larger tanks are far more stable and forgiving of mistakes.

    beginners often think "smaller is better" to start out..
    but actually, the opposite is true..larger is better.
    you will find many people (myself included) who started out with tiny tanks (my first was a 10-gallon) then once they learn more about aquariums, they switch to larger tanks and never use the tiny tanks again..
    we would be better off just never spending the money on the tiny tank in the first place!
    IMO, the "perfect" first aquarium would be a 29 gallon..
    not too big, not too small..

    now that you already have the 1-gallon, you can still use it!
    but I would only use it for one male betta.
    thats really the only fish that can be happy and healthy without a heater or a filter.
    get a new, clean, 5-gallon bucket (cheap at home depot and the like)
    label it "for krystian's aquarium use only!"
    so no one uses it to mop floors or anything, or puts chemicals in it..
    fill it with tap water, use the "chlorine drops" add however many drops the instruction say, then let that water sit in the bucket..it will warm to room temperature, which will be the same temp as your aquarium water.
    every other day, remove half of the water in the tank, (half a gallon) and replace it with fresh water from the bucket..
    you could keep a betta alive and healthy for a long time that way..

    for any other tropical fish, you need to get into larger tanks, heaters, and filters..

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Sorry to nitpick...but with the introduction of chloramine this is no longer safe advice to follow. I believe chloramine takes at least a few weeks to dissipate out of water.
    good catch! thanks..I forgot about chloramine..
    we only have chlorine around here, so I dont think about chloramine..
    yes, cholrine will dissapate out of water naturally, but chloramine wont!
    if you dont know which you have in your tap water, just use the drops to be on the safe side...

    krystian,
    dont be afraid to ask questions!
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    thats how we all learn..
    everyone who has aquariums was once where you are now...just starting out and learning..
    nothing wrong with that..

    Scot

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