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Should I be adding this kind of water to my tank? Any suggestions on how to treat it without the risk of causing PH swings?
 

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They won't wear off and cause PH swings? I thought I'd heard that somewhere...maybe not. What's your thoughts on distilled water mixed with tapwater?
 

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Do a test before you add anything to your tap water. Many municipalities use soda ash to buffer the water so it will not leach lead out of pipes if there are a lot of older homes in your area. Once the water comes in contact with air the pH will drop right back down to 7.

Draw some tap water and leave it sitting for 24 hours, or maybe even just overnight. Test the pH to be sure this is your actual reading.

If this is the true natural state of your tap water, consider keeping African cichlids. African keepers go to great lengths to achieve this kind of buffering, and the fish would be in heaven.
 
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