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Old 04-11-2011, 02:36 PM   #11
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everyone lets not make this a debate on whats better tap , or ro or ro/di i think he gets the point
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:37 PM   #12
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I work for a water municipality and wrote this article. It might help you to understand the problems with tap water in the reef.

Tap Water in the Saltwater Reef
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didn't see this before lol. This sums it all up!
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:41 PM   #13
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IMHO, if you're wanting a reef tank, I think we can all agree that water is THE single most important thing in keeping an aquarium. lol Since it is literally the foundation of the reef tank (or any tank) it's well worth buying a RO/DI filter. And if that is too expensive maybe you should wait a while before starting a reef tank. I've seen some african cichlid tanks that rival reef tanks as far as color and personality go.
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i used to use distilled water but it gets annoying to keep running back and forth to the store so i bought an RO/DI unit the inicial fill up would be a thoug hand would take days to fill
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:49 AM   #15
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I think im just going to fill 5 gallon containers with distilled reverse osmosis water, the intial setup of 30 gallons will be a little pricey, but for PWC's it wont be a problem
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It took me about 30 gallons to fill up my 36g when I first started. $4 for 5g at lfs. They "sell" 5g jugs to fill up the SW to bring home and then you can bring the jug back for store credit. I kept 2 jugs, one for SW to do PWC and one for topping off the tank with RO/DI.
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Iv got a 50l/pd 3 stage system off eBay for £45, incoming water is 270ppm and I was getting 45ppm out, I used this water once and have had algae problems for a month, 2 water changes a week with ro/di at 16ppm from the lfs has sorted the problem.I'm now looking for a d/I unit to add onto the system, I really think your water should be the best you can get because it will save you money in the long run, sort cuts never work out don't take the risk,
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5 gallon jugs of distilled water at only $4 with a $10 on the jugs so not really expensive
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