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Old 01-11-2005, 08:13 PM   #1
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hi guys and gals:

I know alot of you most likely have an in house ro system or something of that nature, but for the rest of you, how do you get/make your water for the regular changes? Do you goto LFS and buy, or tap and let it sit around for a while. I am just curious what somw other prople do.
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:23 PM   #2
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Depends how lazy I am.

If I am in the mood and my wife doesnt care if I take up the sink for half the day I will make the water with my RO unit.

Latley I've been buying pre-made SW for 80cents a gallon from my LFS
The SG is 1.023 so I still need to ad some salt to get it to 1.025.

Sometimes I'll just buy the RO water for 25cents a gallon and mix the salt.
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:26 PM   #3
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I've got my RO until by a utility tub, so no taking up another sink.

I know people that buy RO, but I also know people that have tested LFS bought RO and ended up with 14-16TDS which makes you wonder how good the water is and how well the machine is maintained.

Buy an RO/DI unit, it'll save you in the long run.
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:46 PM   #4
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I go to the spring mountain shacks and get RO/DI...keeps me from buying my own unit
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Old 01-11-2005, 11:05 PM   #5
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I had been going to the LFS for the 20g of water that I use to do my water changes with until my feeding mishap at Christmas. When that happened I suddenly needed more water much more often than my trips to the LFS or wallet could accomodate. I had 2 30g cans running SW at any given time for 2 weeks sitting in the middle of my dining room. With the crisis over I haven't bothered getting back into the LFS habit. I ordered a bucket of salt online (which surprisingly came out cheaper than my LFS bucket of salt, even with shipping?!) and have been using that to mix with my tap for 24-48+ hrs. My RO/DI is here now and I eagerly await its installation (Just one more part, lol, why is it that plumbing tasks always end up in needing *just one more part*?!). Then we'll use home grown RO/DI to mix the salt with.
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Old 01-11-2005, 11:13 PM   #6
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I buy mine at the LFS. One day I may make my own, but for now it's
49cents / gal for RO/DI water and 1.25 a gal for salt. I keep extra RO on hand and have a bucket of salt if i need it, but i fill up 10 5 gallon containers each time 5 salt and 5 RO.

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Old 01-11-2005, 11:15 PM   #7
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I just use straight tap, Dechlor, mix, let it sit for 30 minutes, and go.

I know I probably shouldn't, but Alas.
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Distilled water and using coralife salt for approx 2 day mix. My 28 gal tank only gets a 3 gal change every other week.
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