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Old 09-19-2011, 08:32 PM   #1
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if i have a water softener

can i still use tap water
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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Not the same as using RO/DI. I wouldn't recommend Tap water (even softened) unless you want to deal with lots of algae issues.
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A water softener uses a different type of salt to soften the water....it does not purify the water...
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:52 PM   #4
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what is rodi
can i use distilled water
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:08 AM   #5
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RO/DI = reverse osmosis and deionization

Distilled water can be used in a pinch, but it is typically more expensive than RO. Usually Meijer or Walmart type stores have a RO unit in the store and will provide water for $0.29 / gallon.
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You can also get your own RO/DI unit and make your own they are not too expensive.
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The company that installed our softener also installed our RO unit. You will need a food grade barrel to store the water in.
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I installed my own RO/DI unit, it was pretty easy, and it came with a 3 gallon tank, but when I do a water change I just have a dedicated to fish only 32 gallon rubbermaid garbage can I put 30 gallons in, and mix the salt right in the barrel. I'm pretty new to this, so maybe someone else has a better idea, but it works good for me.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:03 PM   #9
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Oh yeah Carey has a link to a RO/DI unit that you hook up just when u use it, and it was quite a bit cheaper than the one I bought.
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Can someone please give a THOROUGH explanation on what todo is and what it costs
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