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Old 08-16-2004, 10:38 PM   #1
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I tested my water today and the salinity was 1.026. Any recommendations on how to bring down the salinity? I was told by my LFS to add some freshwater to it which seems logical. I have a filtration system in my home for drinking water. Do you think that would be ok to add that water. I don't want to go to the LFS and buy their water ($0.25 a gallon for freshwater, $0.75 for saltwater). If my home drinking water filtration is sufficient then that would be easy because then I wouldn't have to buy any water conditioner or buy LFS water.

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RO/DI top off is best. The home system is normall a 1 or 2 stage filter...better than tap, but only minimally. If you're going to invest all the money in SW, check out getting an RO/DI filter. I use the Aqua-FX Barracuda and bought it from Darrin at Captive Reefs.
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Old 08-16-2004, 11:19 PM   #3
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I guess I should just get water from my LFS. They use RO/DI on their water and it's only a quarter a gallon. Thanks for the advice though.
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check grocery stores. I can get R/O water thats been UV filtered, for 10cents a gallon!
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check grocery stores. I can get R/O water thats been UV filtered, for 10cents a gallon!
The only problem with those machines is maintenance. How do you know that the machine has had the filters changed, and everything is working right?
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yeah better safe than sorry.

thanks for the help guys!
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the glacier water machines in my area have an electronic display with the last service date on it... usually less than a week of when I'm getting water
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I still wonder if someone just hits reset. I've worked retail...there are a lot of people who take a lot of shortcuts. Heck, you pay them $7/hour and expect them to care?
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the one i got to has a maintenance schedule posted on the machine. If i was real concerned, i'd get a TDS test kit.

However I can argue the opposite way...how do you know your LFS is changing it's R/O filters/membranes?

what I do know is my screwy Ca, pH and Alk issues dissappeared when I switched from moderately hard tap water to grocery store R/O.
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worse case if your not near a fish store or a place that sell's ro water I use the publix brand water because right on the front it says r.o water which I never knew, alot of brands are just filtereed
I only do that if I'm lazy and in need of a top off and don't feel like going to the fish store which is allot further away from me
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