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Old 03-11-2005, 01:13 PM   #1
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do I have to go and buy a RO system or can I just stick it in a big trash can and age it. And if I do have to get a RO system do I have to add and aditive to it after. I heard it takes to much out of the water

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Old 03-11-2005, 01:25 PM   #2
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I got mine on eBay from filterdirect. It was the least expensive one I could find. I keep the water in a 30 gal rubbermaid, so I always have plenty available. So far I haven't added anything other than reef buffer, but I know that I may have to dose calcium and iodine later.

30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-11-2005, 01:46 PM   #3
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Aging tap water is not *nearly* the same as a good RO/DI unit. If you age your tap water it will very likely still have a TDS of 150 or so (some areas much worse). That stuff doesn't belong in your tank. The salt that is added to the RO/DI water is formulated to put into that RO/DI water all of the necessary elements for reefkeeping (as close as synthetic can get to Mother Nature). Saltwater should age for 24-48 hrs after mixing anyway so that the salt can properly dissolve.

That being said, I started my tank on tap water and it probably still has quite a bit of tap still in it, but I also bought an RO/DI unit for 100$ off of ebay from FilterDirect and have been using that ever since.

I always have 30g stored in 5g containers ready for use.

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