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Old 12-13-2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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What brand to get?

Im looking at getting a refractometer and heater for my 30 gallon tank for christmas, but am not sure what type to get! I am also wondering if for my 30 gallon sw tank i should buy reguler rodi water, premade sw, or a rodi unit. Which one is best, and what are te best brands for reef salt (if i was to make my own sw), and an rodi! Thanks all!
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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Refractometer that I have:

Salinity Refractometer 0-10% ATC Aquarium Salt Water | eBay

RODI unit that I have:

0PPM Portable 100GPD Reverse Osmosis RO+DI Filtration | eBay

As for a reef salt:

Saltwater Aquarium Salt: Aquarium Systems Instant Ocean & Reef Crystals Synthetic Sea Salt

I get the 200gal box, some like 160gal buckets. Free shipping.

As for heater, I believe Fluval, and Ebo Jager are popular brands, mine is a german brand that I can't thing of.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:10 AM   #3
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Refractometer that I have:

Salinity Refractometer 0-10% ATC Aquarium Salt Water | eBay

RODI unit that I have:

0PPM Portable 100GPD Reverse Osmosis RO+DI Filtration | eBay

As for a reef salt:

Saltwater Aquarium Salt: Aquarium Systems Instant Ocean & Reef Crystals Synthetic Sea Salt

I get the 200gal box, some like 160gal buckets. Free shipping.

As for heater, I believe Fluval, and Ebo Jager are popular brands, mine is a german brand that I can't thing of.
Hm nice!!! For a 30 gallon how much salt? So do you think i should go for the rodi, and not buy water?
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:17 AM   #4
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I'd get your own rodi unit. It will pay for itself over time. If you have the $, i'd get the box. It's a better deal.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:35 AM   #5
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I'd get your own rodi unit. It will pay for itself over time. If you have the $, i'd get the box. It's a better deal.
The 65$ one? Id ask for it for christmas, so i wouldnt have to spend
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The box of 200gal of salt is $53.99. The bucket is 52.99 for 160gal. It is a better deal to get the 200gal.

Even though you only have a 30 gallon tank, you will need salt for water changes. You figure a (5) gallon water change per week would be good. Therefore 200-30=170 / 5 = 34 weeks (8.5 months) worth of salt.

I like the RO/DI unit I have. Mr. X recommends one that's about $129, but he stated that it is more efficient, has better filters, and uses less waste water. I can't remember the model though, maybe PM him if you're interested.
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Wow thats some good math
It seems like an ro unit is necessary, and so is the salt
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The box of 200gal of salt is $53.99. The bucket is 52.99 for 160gal. It is a better deal to get the 200gal.

Even though you only have a 30 gallon tank, you will need salt for water changes. You figure a (5) gallon water change per week would be good. Therefore 200-30=170 / 5 = 34 weeks (8.5 months) worth of salt.

I like the RO/DI unit I have. Mr. X recommends one that's about $129, but he stated that it is more efficient, has better filters, and uses less waste water. I can't remember the model though, maybe PM him if you're interested.
Agreed nice math lol! So for ro units, you need filters? How long fo they last? Expensive?
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I like the RO unit i got at BRS. It's very efficient with good filters, flush bypass, TDS meter (to let you know if your filters are doing their job), and pressure gauge:

75 GPD RO/DI 5 Stage *PLUS* System - English
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I have a 150gpd from Filter Direct (store is on eBay) and I think I paid around $140 for mine. The life of the filters vary on your tap water's TDS. Where I live, my numbers are really high, so my filters last about 7months with regular use, and there's a lot of waste water. If you have good, clean water going into your home, your filters can last up to 18 months (probably not the DI resin though).
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