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Old 10-24-2005, 04:38 PM   #1
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using tapwater

what are your thoughts on using tapwater in a reef system? anybody ever used the tapwater purifier by aquarium phamaceuticals? i'm currently using tapwater in my nano-reef. big mistake?? everything seems to be doing fine. i've had my bubble coral for almost 2 months now and it seems to be doing great. anyways i think i've decided to purify my tapwater. but i'm on an extremely tight budget. is the tapwater purifier okay? or are there any decent R/O D/I units for a good price??
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check e-bay for a ro/di unit. Some people are lucky and have tap water that will work for them. I would say 95% of us need some type of filtration on the water. ro/di is the way to go. I used ro/di then switched to kold steril (another filter system) and after about 7 months I noticed my corals were not growing much and I got cyno real bad. I switched back to ro/di and after a few water changes my corals were popping and things were bigger then ever. Water quality is the key to having a great reef ....
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are all ro/di units created equal? what should i look for?
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Basically an ro/di filter is a sediment filter, carbon block filter(s), TFC membrane (this is the heart of the ro unit) and a di resin cartridge.
Some units have more carbon filters but the main difference will be the membrane. The better filters use a TFC membrane while the cheaper units use a CTA membrane.
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:06 PM   #5
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i just bought this system.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/AQUA-SAFE-100GPD-...QQcmdZViewItem

if i would have known how cheap i could get a unit for, i would have bought one in the first place!
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The tapwater purifier by aquarium pharmaceuticals is cheep for a reason but would still be better than using tap.
Amazon has it on sale for $21.99
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...55222?v=glance

Very long review on the pros & cons of this system.
http://web.archive.org/web/200012120...ct/default.asp

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i just bought this system.
Now I see this

I have the same one! (at least I think they are the same store)
http://stores.ebay.com/The-Aqua-Safe-Pure-Water-Shop (I got the one for $119.50 with the TDS & PSI meter and have been very happy with it.)

Glad you didn’t skimp and go with the cheap AP unit You will probably want to get a TDS meter to make sure your system is working and when it’s time to replace filters. They run around $30 or less.
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