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Many filter purifiers for drinking tap water will remove some but usually not enough of the issues that can be present in some municipal water. Another consideration is the type of fish tank that you want to keep. While a typical community may never be affected by water from the tap, many other aquariums that have live plants, discus and similar fish that require soft water, may only be able to thrive if the tap water is filtered. Contrary to popular belief, most saltwater tanks do well with tap water, assuming that the nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, and silicates are within normal levels. If it is determined that the type of fish tank you have decided on doesn’t necessarily need filtered water then you are welcome; you just saved a lot of money.
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Depending on what country you live in and what city, state, province, or district filtration practices occur, the contents of your tap water can vary greatly from place to place. If you use your tap water for your pet then you need to either let the water sit for 24 hours to let the chlorine dissipate or remove the chlorine with special de-chlorination drops (like DeChlor) you buy at the pet store. Some cities now use chloramines instead of chlorine in the water which can be harder to remove. Check your water bill to see if it is listed or call the water department to see if the water is aquarium fish safe. If you aren't sure you are better off not using tap water. API Tap water filter | 3reef Aquarium Forums
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Activated carbon comes in various shapes and sizes and not all activated carbon is equal. The most common shapes are granules and pellets. There are powder forms as well, but those are not used in aquariums. Generally speaking, the more porous and lighter the carbon the more surface area it has for adsorption thereby making it more effective at filtering the water. Many tap water filters are made to use activated carbon and it does a great job at removing odors from the water. This can apply to your aquarium as well.Some people are interested in using rain water for theiraquaria. In this case, you need to consider the condition of the airand the condition that leaves the rain water in. Tap water has beenfiltered through soil and then processed to insure that it ispotable. Rainwater can carry pollutants which it has washed out of theair, as well as possible contaminants from tubing, gutters, piping,roofs, and other surfaces it has flowed through or over before gettingto your collection point - as well as risks of contamination in thecollection apparatus. Rainwater is also almost always lacking innecessary trace elements to keep the fish healthy, as well as thosenecessary to help the water maintain chemical balance.If you have monochloramines in your tap water and you need to remove them for your aquarium systems, check out the awesome 3 stage carbon drip filter i'm about to install in the basement underneath my fish room.There is also a real and justified concern that filtering tap water too much may lead to problems as well. It’s been said that reverse osmosis in particular can remove so much from tap water that the cost to replace the essential elements and nutrients may not be cost effective. In nature, with the exception of many of the chlorines and chloramines and / or fluoride that are in drinking water, most aquatic animals and invertebrates need the essential elements that are present everywhere. As stated before, chlorine and chloramine can be neutralized quite easily and fluoride is typically removed by running carbon in your filtration system. If in doubt as to whether you need an aquarium tap water filter, run the aquarium for several months to determine if there is an issue. You can always buy one later. By letting the system run for several months, you eliminate any problems that might just be associated with the nitrogen cycle or the “breaking in” period. . In the long run, the time that it takes to filter the water might not be worth the price.