Will using Bottled Water Help Eliminate Phosphates?

Discussion in 'Algae' started by HollyG, Oct 1, 2011.

to remove this notice and enjoy 3reef content with less ads. 3reef membership is free.

  1. HollyG

    HollyG Teardrop Maxima Clam

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2011
    Messages:
    824
    Location:
    Canada
    I am having a phosphate problem! Which in turn has caused a BAD diatom problem in my tank! I use tap water and that is where it is coming from but I do NOT have the money for an RO/DI unit or to get a reactor. Someone suggested getting one of those 5gal juggs that you can get from a store and then just bringing it up to temperature and using that for water changes instead. I can get those refilled for like $5. Does anyone have experience doing so? Will this actually work? And when i do my first water change what percentage should I do? Just a normal 20%?
     
  2. Click Here!

  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2009
    Messages:
    19,258
    Location:
    Sparks, NV
    Diatoms come from silicates in the water. Bottled water may or may not depending on the source, the quality of the filtration and how well the unit is maintained.
     
  4. hank8888

    hank8888 Coral Banded Shrimp

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2011
    Messages:
    370
    Location:
    Colorado
    I have about 6 5g jugs and I get about 4 jugs filled from a fish store about 45min from my house and I just store saltwater intel i need it for water change it last me for about 2 months and i have 1 5g jug with fresh water for evaporation and i have a 14g biocube so i do about 2 to 3g water change every 1-2 weeks. have you tested your tap water for Phosphates i have never used tap water but there could be Phosphates in the water
     
  5. HollyG

    HollyG Teardrop Maxima Clam

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2011
    Messages:
    824
    Location:
    Canada
    Yes there is phosphates in my tap water.
     
  6. hank8888

    hank8888 Coral Banded Shrimp

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2011
    Messages:
    370
    Location:
    Colorado
    ya i would look into getting jugs. see if your LFS has pre-made saltwater i pay like $.90 to $1.00 for water
     
  7. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

    Joined:
    May 28, 2011
    Messages:
    4,874
    Location:
    USA
    Exactly. Distilled water would be your second-best option. You should be able to find that at a Walmart or even a supermarket or convenience store. Just read the label to make sure nothing has been added for flavor.
     
  8. Click Here!

  9. rayjay

    rayjay Gigas Clam

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Messages:
    886
    Location:
    London, ON, Canada
    Just remember, the BIGGEST source of phosphates in your tank is the food you place in it. Almost ALL food you can find will have high phosphates in it but some more than others as some will add phosphates for preserving.
    Phosphate is a natural compound in food, even what we eat.
     
  10. Bustopher

    Bustopher Skunk Shrimp

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2010
    Messages:
    288
    Location:
    FL
    Diatoms are usually Silicates. Aluminum Oxide Pellets(balls) will take care of Phosphate and Silicates. But, Phosphates will contaminate the Aluminum Oxide much faster than the Silicates will. So, get those under control with GFO first.