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Old 08-26-2012, 11:33 PM   #31
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Very impressive!!!! I am really glad you are sticking with it, looks solo much better already. A little correction. The "DI" in RO/DI means deionized, not distilled. We bought our unit from simply h2o, but someone mentioned a unit on a thread for less than 100.

Looks like your on your way back and everything you added today will help. In regards to the turbo snails, they at from cooler waters and sensitive to water parameters. Sometimes they just expire. Keep on eye on them and count every few days.

Good luck and awaiting updates!!!!
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:43 PM   #32
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Very impressive!!!! I am really glad you are sticking with it, looks solo much better already. A little correction. The "DI" in RO/DI means deionized, not distilled. We bought our unit from simply h2o, but someone mentioned a unit on a thread for less than 100.

Looks like your on your way back and everything you added today will help. In regards to the turbo snails, they at from cooler waters and sensitive to water parameters. Sometimes they just expire. Keep on eye on them and count every few days.

Good luck and awaiting updates!!!!
+1 on deionized, not distilled
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:05 AM   #33
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Just an FYI. DI stands for deionized. Also the urchin eats coraline algae not hair, green, or brown. Keep up the good work, tanks looking good!
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:07 AM   #34
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+1 on deionized, not distilled
That's what I meant. Lol! Thanks for correcting me.
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Wow!! It's like a whole other tank! I can't help you with anything about your new CUC as I have no experience. I do know that the DI in RO/DI means distilled. When you test your levels test some of the RO water out of the jug for nitrates. The reason I was told not to use tap was because tap has nitrates and nitrates = algae. I get my water from the RODI refill station inside the grocery store for 39 cents a gallon.
Be careful of the RO water from the grocery store machines (it's only RO not RO/DI). I had been running my tank at 0 nitrates for a number of months and all of a sudden, my nitrates read 40. Why? Tested the RO water from two different stores, one read 20, the other 40ppm on nitrates. If they don't maintain their machines well, the output is not going to be good. I have since bought and RO/DI unit.
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Be careful of the RO water from the grocery store machines (it's only RO not RO/DI). I had been running my tank at 0 nitrates for a number of months and all of a sudden, my nitrates read 40. Why? Tested the RO water from two different stores, one read 20, the other 40ppm on nitrates. If they don't maintain their machines well, the output is not going to be good. I have since bought and RO/DI unit.
The stuff at the store I go to is RODI. Says it on the machine and tests 0 for everything. PH is also neutral. 6.8 or something- I don't remember exactly.
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I've known some people who've had good luck with getting their RO water from the store. I'm just too lazy to haul the big buckets up there! LOL! The stuff at Wal-mart I bought tested for phosphates so I would definitely stay away from them!
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Be careful of the RO water from the grocery store machines (it's only RO not RO/DI). I had been running my tank at 0 nitrates for a number of months and all of a sudden, my nitrates read 40. Why? Tested the RO water from two different stores, one read 20, the other 40ppm on nitrates. If they don't maintain their machines well, the output is not going to be good. I have since bought and RO/DI unit.
Yes, i have tested many brand of distilled from various grocery stores etc and they will all contain impurities. You will not find any single one with a 0 TDS reading. Most I tested were in the 25-100 TDS range. Also many contained phosphate and some nitrate.

I would use it in an emergency but will always stick with 0 TDS Ro/Di.
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What does TDS stand for?
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