Sad that people really believe that RO
is the be all, end all to aquarium keeping.. And that reading has becoming an issue as well.. In the quote you so graciously took from my above statement, Its firmly says, "UNLESS YOUR WATER HAS STUFF THAT CAN"T BE CORRECTED BY A WATER CONDITIONER" Which in turn would mean, "YES RO
WOULD BE USEFUL" Sorry for not having spelt it out..
As for long term, Funny.. In over 20+ years in the hobby I've never needed it.. Nor has some aquarians I have come acrossed in my travels as well..
helpful, "YES".. Needed.. "No" not always.. and by no means is it a standard.. It being a standard is nothing more than an opinion.. As is my statements..
But hey, the vast majority of this hobby can be viewed as opinionated as well as trial and error.. Just because something is right for one doesn't need its right for another.. We all have opinions, its what others chose to do with them that matters..
In end to this rebuttal.. Not one thing should be labeled as you must do this and must do that or have this and have that.. If that was the case then I could easily come on here and say.. Everyone who is venturing into Saltwater "MUST" have a tank larger than 55gal." But that is not the case, nor is it accurate.. Its just an opinion.. So Disagree on.. Thats why we're all here, so everyone can get all the facts and pick and chose from all the info gathered and make their decisions based on what they've learned from more than one source.