What Kind of Water Should You Use in Your Tank?

Water FaucetThe single most important factor for healthy fish is the quality of water in their tank. When choosing what kind of water to use in your aquarium, you have a few options, but the most common one just may surprise you: Tap water. The easiest and least expensive choice, tap water is almost always fine for a wide variety of fish if given the correct treatment.


If your tap water comes from a municipal supply or holding tank, always treat it with dechlorinator or chloramine remover because, though these chemicals are to make tap water safe for humans, they can be toxic for your fish. If you prefer not to treat your aquarium water with chemicals, let your tap water sit out for 24 hours to allow some of the chlorine to evaporate.


Tap water has known and relatively stable parameters, but they can vary greatly from location to location, so it’s important to test your water to know what’s in it before using it in your tank. Testing water for safety is crucial to avoid fish loss, and to ensure continued health for your fish. At PCH Tanks, we test for pH, gH, kH, and nitrates, and we will test the quality of your aquarium water for you.


Water changes are also essential to the health of your fish, even if your water looks clear. We will look into the whys and hows of water changes on our next post, so stay tuned! Until then, if you have any questions or need water testing for your aquarium, contact PCH Tanks. We love helping you keep a Perfectly Clear and Happy Tank! ah

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