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Old 01-26-2010, 05:09 PM   #1
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Question about water change.

I was just wondering if you could use store bought reverse ozmosis water (ex. Aquafina) to do water changes? If so do I need to add any conditioner or anything like that?
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:16 PM   #2
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PR says it has an average TDS of 4.. Better than tap, not as good as RO/DI. No conditioner should be need though the PR doesn't mention chloramines. For safety I would.

An RO/DI might be more cost effective in the long run
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Sorry, can you be a little less technical. Im to stupid to understand these abreveations.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:23 PM   #4
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yes Aquafina is fine, add conditioner as a safety precaution.

PR: Public Relations (statements from the company)
TDS : Total Dissolved Solids
RO/DI: Reverse Osmosis/De-ionization (filtering technique). Filter can be purchased to make 0 TDS (see above) water. Pure water.. H2O
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you can buy Culligan RO water from most wal-mart stores for 37 cents/gallon. Get some of those orange Home Depot buckets & lids & fill them for less than $2 each. HD buckets are HDPE, same as water jugs for camping, so they're fine, I just rinse, wipe down with vinegar, rinse a couple more times, and they're good to go.
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Sweet thanks guys. What do you mean by HD and HDPE?
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HD - home depot
HDPE - high density poly ethylene (plastic)
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Certainly you can and should use RO water.
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