Bad water

Jimmy74

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Chicago water tastes and smells disgusting. Should I give up fishkeeping or are there fish that can handle it? Or should I buy spring water for water changes? Oh yeah I tried letting it set for a day and two and still smells and taste the same.
 
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ThatFishGirl6231

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Chicago water tastes and smells disgusting. Should I give up fishkeeping or are there fish that can handle it? Or should I buy spring water for water changes? Oh yeah I tried letting it set for a day and two and still smells and taste the same.
what do you drink? i’m assuming not the gross water. maybe give that to your fish.
 

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Contact your water supply company and find out what is in it. Post the list of ingredients here. If the water is really bad, get a reverse osmosis (R/O) unit.
 

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Chicago water tastes and smells disgusting. Should I give up fishkeeping or are there fish that can handle it? Or should I buy spring water for water changes? Oh yeah I tried letting it set for a day and two and still smells and taste the same.
A good water conditioner makes no difference?
 

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What water do you drink/cook with? When you say 'tastes and smells disgusting' are we speaking of chlorine/chloramine or something else?
RO or RO/DI water is an option, but you might likely be able to simply filter the water through a carbon filter to make it more than acceptable for partial water changes. (Easier and less expensive than re-mineralizing RO water.)
 

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