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Old 06-14-2013, 11:20 AM   #261
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:30 AM   #262
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Re: The RO/DI...I created an Excel spreadsheet that lets me input my townships water pricing, and then calculates the impact the use of the RODI will have on my water bill. It isn't very much. I can email you the file if you'd like to take a look at it.

The unit itself isn't that big, and sits comfortably, with room to spare, on a shelf in my laundry. Obviously, the RODI doesn't impact your electric bill, since you're using cold (vs heated) water for the system.
We were thinking more along the heater and an other power head. But that's more my BFF's rant then mine. but send that email away. Ill PM you my email if I haven't already
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:33 AM   #263
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It's not as bad as you think. With a 100 gallon tank, you've probably only got about 80 gallons of water in there (rock and sand take up a lot). If you do 20% changes each week, that's only 16 gallons.

A 20 gallon Brute can isn't too big, and doesn't need a mega heater to heat it (and you only need to heat the water before you add it) or a large powerhead to circulate (again, I only turn it on when I add the salt to help the mix, then leave it on for a few hours to give it agitation...).

Your top off water doesn't need to be heated, since it's added in much smaller volumes.

(I don't have your email address here at work, so PM it to me and I'll get you the file).
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It's not as bad as you think. With a 100 gallon tank, you've probably only got about 80 gallons of water in there (rock and sand take up a lot). If you do 20% changes each week, that's only 16 gallons.

A 20 gallon Brute can isn't too big, and doesn't need a mega heater to heat it (and you only need to heat the water before you add it) or a large powerhead to circulate (again, I only turn it on when I add the salt to help the mix, then leave it on for a few hours to give it agitation...).

Your top off water doesn't need to be heated, since it's added in much smaller volumes.

(I don't have your email address here at work, so PM it to me and I'll get you the file).
Done.

Since you put it that way... Hmmm... I can try that for my argument on why I need an RO/DI unit. Lol. The issue is he wants to gut some cabinets we have installed in the garage and build a shelving unit. He's been putting if off for a while. Maybe it will motivate us to do something about it. We were thinking about a 30 gallon container and the such. But using a heater and power head only when mixing sounds like a better deal to me. We were actually thinking of doing two containers. One for the RO and one for mixing. I think if we rearrange the garage we will have more space to figure things out in the mean time. We talked about leaving it in the patio. Long story short this was an uphill battle to discuss.
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I hear ya It's always an uphill battle.

I'd imagine that given your location, you might not have to heat the water at all, or minimally. Just let it sit in the container and it will get up to temp.
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Lost two more. One yesterday and one today. Gerrrrrrrrrrrr
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Sorry to hear that. I really hope things get better!
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Sorry to hear that. I really hope things get better!
I hope so too... :/
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:-( Don't lose hope or give up. It'll get better.
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:-( Don't lose hope or give up. It'll get better.
Hope so! Not giving up. Just really sad I keep losing them. I'm ready to give up on having fish though. I may just go reef.
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