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Old 10-18-2004, 02:30 PM   #11
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I think it may take just as long to fill the tank with a distiller than it would with a RO unit, however. My parents have a distiller and it takes them over an hour to get a gallon of water. That is about the same rate my RO unit runs at.
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Old 10-18-2004, 03:08 PM   #12
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Thanks Biggen, post edited :P

Best thing to do would be to test the distilled water you plan to use, before you actually use it. Probably even test each bottle you get, just in case.

Test it for chlorine/chloramines, and get a TDS meter to test the Total Dissolved Solids. These should ideally be well under 10ppm. If not, an RO/DI unit will be much more efficient.
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:43 PM   #13
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hmm... i guess some are under the impression that i have been lucky filling my tank with tap water. actually, as my posts states, i am getting ready to start my tank and noted that other enthusiasts in my area have been successfully using tap water. i will still be researching before putting a single drop of water in my tank.

btw, i have been using tap water in my FW tanks for several years and have 0 nitrates!

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Old 10-20-2004, 03:49 AM   #14
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ok, so i am convinced. i bought an ro/di unit off of ebay!

as soon as i get it i will start filling my tank. it is rated at 110gal/day. it will probably take the better part of the day to fill my 75gal tank!
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Old 10-20-2004, 05:07 AM   #15
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Cool, congrats on the purchase!!! If you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for it and which model did you get?
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Old 10-20-2004, 06:33 AM   #16
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110GPD RO+DI REVERSE OSMOSIS FILTER - $86.

i think it is pretty much the same as what others on this forum have purchased on ebay. the supplier's ebay handle is "filterdirect".
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It took me 3 days off and on to fill my 54... but then I have COLD well water at low pressure. I only filled it while I was home too.
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