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Old 06-17-2005, 09:09 AM   #1
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DIY DI water?

Well, just as i was about to give in and start buying RO/DI water from a lfs, i had a thought. All of the articles i've read on lowering the ph of tapwater suggest getting a water purifying unit, or one of those fancy RO units. "Too bad i dont have a fridge with a water thingy.. oh well"

Wait! i forgot i had one of those britta water pitchers. So, just as a little test, i brewed up some britta water, and tested the ph.

Tap: ~7.6
Britta: ~6.2 !!!

Man was i supprised. And this filter had been used a lot, longer than is recommended. Tonight i'm going to pick up a test kit for hardness and such to check those as well. But i sure am pleased. I started filling up 2.5g containers right away.

I'll post the rest of the parameters once i get the test kits.
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Tap Water: ph 7.5, 9 dkh, 11 dgh
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:59 AM   #2
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It may be a long way to do a 25% water change on a 55g with Brita pitcher. I've heard some people add peat pellets to their filters which supposingly do a nice job on PH. I've never used them ...
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Old 06-17-2005, 11:50 AM   #3
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i put some peat in one of those filter bags, and it hasnt made a noticable difference.. just a mess
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:17 PM   #4
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I sad I've never used them, nor I'm in favor of tampering with Ph. But for the sake of curiosity, can you describe "mess"? It may help someone ...
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:35 PM   #5
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well, the peat i got came in a compressed brick. You soak it in water and it exands a lot. It is not very cohesive, so if given the chance, it will just scatter away. Even in the filter bag (very fine mesh) if you squeeze it, paricles will come out. If there's some better way to implement peat, i'd sure like to know, but i've not had great success.
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:47 PM   #6
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What I meant was acctualy this:

http://www.hagen.com/canada/english/...01014650010101
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:03 PM   #7
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Brita filters are just a carbon block filter.. Im unsure how it dropped the ph.. most likely CO2.. but let it set overnight possibly stick a airstone in it and test it again.. I am assuming the PH will come right back up.. the minerals in the water will still be there to buffer the PH back up..
The fancy RO units are only 65 bucks on e-bay by the way..great output as well 100gpd
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Before I got my RO unit, I read almost everything there was to lowering PH. Brita and Pur filters were one of them. Greenmagi as right in the fact that those filters do not remove the hardness of the water and the ph should bounce back over time to what it should be. I think that somehow the price of RO units have gotten a bad rap. They are cheaper that almost every canister filter out there, yet no one suggests that they are expensive or fancy, just a needed piece of equipment. I think that the water is just as important. I would venture to say that most people, in their zeal to lower the ph of their water spend a lot more on various chemicals and setups to lower their water than they would actually spend on an RO unit.

For what it is worth, I spent $130 on a 4-stage RO unit that puts out 150 gpd and it is portable for those who live in apartments or rent. You can get some units a lot cheaper on ebay as had been mentioned earlier.

Just some thoughts to ponder.
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What is wrong with pH 7.6? That is what comes out of my tap and I have been successfully keeping fish for years and years. If it ain't broke....
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What is wrong with pH 7.6? That is what comes out of my tap and I have been successfully keeping fish for years and years. If it ain't broke....
Agreed!
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