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Old 02-05-2005, 07:38 PM   #11
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Well, I'm so sorry to hear about what you have been through... I have had some pretty bad luck with LFS too.

I bet your tank will get straightened out soon and all will be well.

Never go back there again if you can avoid it. I think the 1st reason is the fact they admitted having a RO probelm, they should have offered you fre good water to replace the bad you already paid for. That to me was plain wrong. They created a problem, they should have fixed it.

You might want to call around other water supply places, not just LFS's and see if you can find another source to buy from if you arent quite ready to make that purchase yet... Take your test kit with you and test before you buy to be on the safe side.

I hope your tank is sparkly clean soon!


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Old 02-06-2005, 11:06 AM   #12
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The biggest problem we face with this hobby is that there really are no LFS in our area. The one I have been telling you about is 45 minutes from our house and the next one is an hour and a half a way. Sure there are some little mom and pop outfits here and there, but none sell salt water and you would not want to buy a fish there. You know the type of store, they are basically a fresh water store and have a couple of salt tanks in the back with a sparse selection of a few SW fish.

When my husband was in the LFS we use yesterday they had a sign out that said their R/O D/I system was out of order. The membrane broke. They are having a new one installed on Wednesday of this week. They told my husband it was his call that tipped them off to the problem, but shouldn't they be testing their own water? As you probably read earlier in this post, we had purchased the water 5 days before we tested it and subsequently called them. They don't take your jug in the back and fill it. The filling station is right in the front and there is usually quite a line waiting to use it.

Either way, we are not ready for the in home R/O just yet. So, we bought distilled water at walmart, salt from the LFS. We have two 5 gallon buckets (just for fish purposes), an extra heater and 2 extra power heads. We are going to attempt to make our own for now. We will probably use the LFS water again in the future, once repaired, but we will be SURE to run all our own chem tests prior to adding it to the tank. We are kind of at their mercy at this point.

I wish someone would open an GREAT LFS by us. It would make this hobby so much easier!!


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Old 02-06-2005, 12:21 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by djmpj2
When my husband was in the LFS we use yesterday they had a sign out that said their R/O D/I system was out of order. The membrane broke.
If they actually used the word "broke" they most likely never had one in the first place. RO "membranes" are actually a tube shaped cylinder with multiple layers. They don't "break", they wear out


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