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Old 06-15-2005, 03:51 PM   #1
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A Group Poll - RO vs. tap water

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As I get closer to getting my FOWLR online, I'd like to get a consensus, much like my DSB thread, on whether RO/DI is a must or can you get by with tap water.

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Old 06-15-2005, 03:58 PM   #2
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Depends on the tap water, but since you live in New Jersey (no offense) I'd definitely suggest RO/DI water only.
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:07 PM   #3
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I started my 75g tank in march with RO water. Knowing what I do now I would go with RODI. Now I need to get a DI unit to add to my RO. I now have cyano (see my post "Cyano? (pic)" which I believe (not positive at this point though) is because of the lack of DI.
This, of course, all depends on your source water. Some people do fine with tap and others end up having problems with it.

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RO/DI is the way to go. Well worth the investment IMO
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:14 PM   #5
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Definetly RO/DI.
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:19 PM   #6
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RO/DI.
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:28 PM   #7
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RO/DI here.
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:32 PM   #8
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RO/DI from the begining. It is likely to save you headaches down the road.
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:34 PM   #9
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The LFS here in town said Enid (my town) water is pretty darn good, and they said either Tap or RO/DI water is fine.

Seeing how many RO/DI people have cyano (main reason I wouldve gone with RO/DI) I am staying with tap water
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Seeing how many RO/DI people have cyano (main reason I wouldve gone with RO/DI) I am staying with tap water
Huh?? Is that a joke I missed? RO/DI water does NOT cause algae/cyano... it can ONLY HELP combat algae/cyano issues.
*Edit*-I get what you're saying zacdl. Investing in an RO/DI unit will almost certainly save you some trouble down the road. Do you know the TDS of your tap water? How about the po4 level?
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