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Old 10-24-2003, 10:50 AM   #1
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i live in an area that has pretty "hard" water, i have a water softner, but our city adds flouride and other stuff into our city water. i dont have enough money yet for a ro/di system, any recomendations on additives to new water?

how about distilled water? the only problem is my aquariums is 110 gallons with that much distilled water i might as well buy a ro/di.

my aquarium is not set up yet just planning ahead.

thank for your help

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That will be a lot of water to get at a time! Does your LFS carry RO water? Otherwise, I always use the Glacier machines outside of Grocery Stores. It's usually about 30 cents a gallon, you do need to buy containers to fill. Some places sell 5 gallon jugs, but even that will be a few of those and a few trips...
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Old 10-24-2003, 11:15 AM   #3
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Hi,

Maybe to start you could get a barebones RO system that is slow (10-30 gpd) and just start filling the tank with that 24 hours a day for a few days... 10gpd systems are usually under $100 especially on drsfostersmith and ebay.

Find something around the house you don't really want anymore, sell it on ebay for $100, and buy an RO unit

I live in the country and don't have flouride/chlorine in my water, but I do have iron and other stuff so I still get little algae "bursts" sometimes doing topoffs. I'm getting an RO unit as soon as I pay the taxes for my truck
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Old 10-24-2003, 12:54 PM   #4
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defenitly check on ebay. you can find a really nice systems for cheap. check some of them out

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Old 10-24-2003, 01:19 PM   #5
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I bought my RO/DI on ebay and it only cost me $110 plus shipping. It would have cost 3 times that at home depot and it didn't come with DI
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Old 10-24-2003, 01:36 PM   #6
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Do not use softened water, it is full of salts if I remember correctly. Back in the day I moved so I refilled my tank with softened water. The gills of all of the fish crusted over with crystals and all died within hours.
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Old 10-24-2003, 01:39 PM   #7
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thanks everyone for your help.

is there any type of chemicals i can use?

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Avoiding any manmade chemical and allowing nature to take it's course is the happiest route for all organisms involved, IMHO.
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