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Old 02-09-2005, 05:11 PM   #1
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RO / Spring water question...

I was shopping around for a new or used 75 - 90 gallon setup when I realized that I have room for a 120 (wooo hooo!). Anyway, while I'm planning and setting up a budget to make sure I can afford everything, I listed a RO purifier as a must - but, then I realized that I have access to free spring water where I live. I get it in 5 gallon bottles.

Anyway, I'm wondering if I can use this spring water instead of buying a purifier. Can someone give me an idea what I would test this water for - other than chlorine and ammonia - just to see if it is usable? That would save me some cash as far as my initial costs go.

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You can have your LFS test for TDS. Also check for PO4.
Spring water still may have some things in it that you don't want. I would still consider the RO/DI unit. It will pay for itself in time.
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Old 02-09-2005, 05:38 PM   #3
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"Spring water" is ussually not a good choice. It is loaded with minerals and even some metals that you do not really want in your tank. It may be a bit better then regular tap waer, but RO/DI is highly prefered.
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D'OOOOOHHH!

Okay, so looks like the RO/DI is back in the budget. I don't want to skimp on anything - I just thought that might save me some cash if I could use the spring.

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Its always nice to save some cash, but water quality is one area I would not try.

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just a question for whomever, im seting up a thirty gallon tank.
do i need r/o water if their will only be fish and live rock in the tank, or can i use r/o with corals as well.
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I would use RO water in any SW system.
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