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Old 02-09-2013, 10:46 PM   #11
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Ok. In only drank a sip. Can I use it for a water change right now I have 5 gallons
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Tasting it will not be an issue - even drinking a few glasses.

The problem with drinking a lot of RODI water is that it will leak transmembrane soluble nutrients from your cells, and because insoluble nutrients stay in the cell water could rush into the cells at such an amount that it could cause lysis (cell bursting). Cells in the human body want to remain in osmotic equilibrium. So if you keep drinking too pure of water it could cause some damage. But you would need to drink quite a bit.

This is a similar reason as to why we need to slowly acclimate inverts. They are not a biologically sophisticated, and lack some of the safe guards that most vertebrates have. Rapid changes in salt concentration can be even more detrimental to them.

Much less salinity in your tank - there cells can burst with influx of water.
Much more salinity in your tank - they could shrink and shrivel.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:12 PM   #13
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Ok. So do you think I should use the five gallons for a water change.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:14 PM   #14
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if you already ran the 10 gallons and dumped it. And this is your next set - sure it is ready for either top off or mixing with your salt. Just remember RODI water does not dissolve the salt any faster.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:19 PM   #15
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Ok thanks now I can get rid of this algea.

I know this is off topic but I was just looking into my tank and I saw what looked to be a snail but it has no shell what is it?
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Probably a stomatella snail.
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could be a flat worm or a slug - can you get a picture?
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Ok thanks
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:27 PM   #19
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I can't find it now
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:13 AM   #20
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put a by pass valve to your di cartage and just drink the RO water, it is perfectly safe, been drinking it for 5 years. Dont waste your money on a in line meter, they are way off as they do not have a temperature compensator in them, Buy a good meter and calibration fluid, they are very sensitive instruments and need calibrated every 3 months.
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