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Old 01-20-2012, 04:11 PM   #1
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RO Water Questions

I have decided to no longer buy premixed water from the shop in attempts to save money. The local supermarkets have refillable jug stations for drinking water. The questions I have are one, is that RO water? If it is, it it also DI water? and Two, is it suitable for reef settings to mix salt with? I am trying to find the most "clean" water and wondering if this is a good solution. Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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PS: I apologize if this has been covered already, which I am sure it has, but I could not find it.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:35 PM   #3
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You are alright. The water you get at walmart or other stores is usually just RO water. It`s better than tap water but for about 100 dollars you can get a nice RO/DI unit. I`ve seen them on ebay.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:21 PM   #4
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melosu58 is right, best to get an RO/DI unit, I went an bought water from Walmart n supermarket machine, and I regret it... Also like Mark said it best, when you go and get water from LFS u just don't come out with water....look for group buy later for BRS
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:02 PM   #5
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Ro/di unit was one of the best investments I made. We spend so much money on our setups so its important to put decent stuff in our tanks. Just doesn't make sense to put tap or regular ro water in it. DI does make a difference. Spend the $ and you won't regret it.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:50 PM   #6
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I picked up a 7 stage unit off ebay for 123.50 with shipping.
Here's another one:
AQUARIUM II RO/DI REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER FILTER AQUASAFE | eBay
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:27 PM   #7
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I picked up a 4 stage ro/di on www.purewaterclub.com (thanks again to carey for the site reccomendation) mine does 100gpd and it was only $65. Idk how big or how many tanks you have but for my 25 and 55 I figured a 100gpd would suffice for me. They also have larger ones if you need something larger.
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Our LFS gives us FREE RO water. Love that guy!!!
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:20 PM   #9
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Depending on the local water quality and care given to upkeep filters and such at Wal Mart and other retailers the water may be fine to use. However unless you have a very small tank it just isn't worth the long time cost and effort to continually use the store bought water. Best bet to avoid these (unless in pinch) and avoid any potential headaches and future trouble shooting and start with a known consistent product.

I have a Spectra Pure unit and have no issues with it at all. It seems that most forums I frequent the two main units recommended is either BRS or SpectraPure unit. I don't think I have ever come across negative comments about either.
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I got a 5 stage off brs and its the best investment I ever made for my tanks not only do I make tank water I do not have to buy bottled water any more which was the selling point to the wife lol
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