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Old 06-06-2007, 06:02 PM   #1
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RO Water questions and filtering

I've decided that I need to invest in an RO filtering system. I thought I'd run a few ideas by you folks and get your input.

My first and most major problem is that I am very limited in space and would need to get a filtering system that is mobile. I'd like to be able to use the filter system in a bathroom, run it for a day to get my 15 gallons of water and then be able to pack it away.

The other question I have is.....is there a filtering system for purifying natural seawater? I am on the water and have access to sea water. Would it be better to go that route instead?

I know that it sounds like I want an easy fix for this... but since I am limited on space, I don't really feel like I have a lot of options at this point. I could continue to purchase my ro water but that is a hassle too.

Any suggestions or comments??
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I have read you can buy a sink adaptor that will fit those. I would shoot for RO/DI. To purify seawater, you might be able to get away with a UV, but I doubt that would get out the pollution. It will kill some of the bad bacteria/algae and parasites, but I wouldn't put that at 100% kill rate.
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When I was still using my RO unit I bought the sink adapter. That way I hauled it out from under the sink when I was going to use it, hooked it up to the sink, then just unhooked it and stored it back under the sink when I was done.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:45 PM   #4
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When I was still using my RO unit I bought the sink adapter. That way I hauled it out from under the sink when I was going to use it, hooked it up to the sink, then just unhooked it and stored it back under the sink when I was done.
Hey! That's exactly what I had in mind. Would you mind telling me what brand/model of ro unit you had?

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This is the unit I have

http://cgi.ebay.com/AQUARIUM-2-110GP...QQcmdZViewItem

A great price for a 100 gpd unit, and they have improved their units over the years. IMO, this unit is up to par with any other RO/DI unit on the market. The faucet adapter is $8 extra and you can buy it in their ebay store.

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My RO/DI unit has a hose adapter where I can just hook it up to a garden hose in my tool shed. I make it out there.
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The other question I have is.....is there a filtering system for purifying natural seawater? I am on the water and have access to sea water. Would it be better to go that route instead?
If I remember correctly, you're in my neck of the woods - probably pretty darn close to where I grew up! I wouldn't even think of putting water from Puget Sound or Hood Canal in my tank... sterilized or not! I remember fishing with my Dad for bottom fish, and pulling up the ling cods and flounders with three eyes and funky fins. Thought it was funny then. Looking back on it now, and understanding how much junk the local industry (aka the Navy) dumped into the waters over the years, I'll be amazed if I don't end up with some type of stomach cancer from the bottom fish we all ate in our younger years. I think I'd put unfiltered tap water in my tank before I put in water from Puget Sound!
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I think I'd put unfiltered tap water in my tank before I put in water from Puget Sound!
Yup, we're almost within yelling distance from each other.

I know what you mean about the water here......looks like something from Mr. Burns' power plant....I expect "blinky" to jump up out of the water.

I didn't realize that there was such an assortment of "portable" ro units on the market. I think I was looking at the wrong web sites. Heck, the garden hose idea from melosu sounds perfect!

Excellent info folks! Thanks a million!

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This is the one I have. A little pricey but I`m sure there are others. You can see the hose adapter on it.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...fm?pcatid=4453
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other than the additional gallons it can produce.....is there any real difference between the 35 and the 60 unit? I'm thinking of just going with the smaller one unless someone can point out something I'm missing here.
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