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Old 01-12-2004, 04:11 PM   #11
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Doan , you have a fluval too! I have a 104 for my turtle tank & I hate it. I will just have to deal until it decides to stop working. What is it you hate about your fluval?
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Old 01-12-2004, 09:07 PM   #12
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IMO, RO is the way to go. I recently returned to SW and set my 75gal tank up about 4 months ago with RO. Prior to that I had a 20gal SW going until I finished some remodeling to make room for the 75 Gal. I used tap water with conditioners in the 20gal. My water tests always came out good except nitrates were always on the high side and I was getting brown algae. I continually did water changes to try and reduce the nitrate levels. Finally, the light came on and I tested my tap water to find that the nitrate level was the exact same level as what I was finding in the tank.

Test your tap water, but for the money RO is the best IMO. It cost me $35 for water to set up my tank and now about $5 a month for water changes, but the quality is great!

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Old 01-12-2004, 10:51 PM   #13
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Drinking bird.. well I have a reef... and I bought the 404.. well to put it simply it's a nitrate facrtory.. I am currently in the process of slowly fasing it out.. I have my first empty basket and am gonna empty the second on on sunday while I watch the eagles kill the panthers...


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Old 01-13-2004, 01:03 PM   #14
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I agree Nitrate factory, I find it very messy to clean. I'll be doing that this Sunday too. Have fun watching the game
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Old 01-14-2004, 08:22 PM   #15
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Looks like everyone is clear on this. In a way your all right because I am getting like really brown stuff in the rocks and micro bubbles as well.

I will slowly be adding RO right away and adjust the problem.

Thanks to all for your advice.
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Old 02-03-2004, 01:34 AM   #16
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In my country, the tap water is RO water, but they did add in chlorine. Heavy metals i'm not sure, its NO3 free, so can I use water conditioner? Or should I test for others elements? If so what should I test? RO system seems to be very very expensive here, over S$1000, US$500++.
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Old 02-03-2004, 08:37 AM   #17
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Everyone keeps talking about a ro unit. I'm just an ol ****ry boy , are you referring to something like the Pur filter that you buy and set on your counter for drinking water? Is that an RO? Boy this is getting confusing.
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Old 02-03-2004, 11:25 AM   #18
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are you referring to something like the Pur filter that you buy and set on your counter for drinking water? Is that an RO? Boy this is getting confusing.
How Reverse Osmosis Systems Work

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Thanks for the link, but is a "Pur" brand filter unit a ro?
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Thanks for the link, but is a "Pur" brand filter unit a ro?
No, the Pur water filter is primarily just a carbon filtration unit that filters out large micron items. An RO unit can filter down to one micron and will remove about 98%+ contaminates.

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