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Old 02-28-2013, 04:17 PM   #11
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I was thinking about selling the water on Craigslist.
Wait... Making and selling saltwater on Craigslist?
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:27 PM   #12
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Well yea. IF I buy a few gallons a week for water changes I feel as if a ro/di machine Would pay for itself in a matter of months. IF I sell a few gallons on Craigslist I could maybe even make a buck or two?
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:48 PM   #13
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Well yea. IF I buy a few gallons a week for water changes I feel as if a ro/di machine Would pay for itself in a matter of months. IF I sell a few gallons on Craigslist I could maybe even make a buck or two?
I know around here in Portland they guys that do sell water are the shops who charge about $2/5gal RODI and $5-6/5gal premixed ready to go. Our water out here leave a bit to be desired from what they've said as far as TDS in it so I'm sure they go through a fair amount of filters.

Given the cost of a unit to push that kind amount of water, the filters, and the salt mix I'm wagering they aren't really making much.

However, the one benefit they have over a private individual doing it is quantity and the opportunity to sell other items where their profit margin is far higher.

I'd say offering it at a shop is a decent draw card for a business. Not sure it would pan out for a private individual in small quantities.
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Ok so the selling idea might be a bit out there... But it should still pay for me using it, plus I can trust my water vs walmarts or something. What do they range?
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:04 PM   #15
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Ok so the selling idea might be a bit out there... But it should still pay for me using it, plus I can trust my water vs walmarts or something. What do they range?
Again, subjective. My SW store has told me, and it's been verified, that our towns water has plenty of stuff in it that you'd definitely want OUT of it. The thing to do is to buy a TDS meter that'll tell you hove much "total dissolved solids" are in the water. People can get RODI for about $.30/gl however, you don't really know the quality until you test it.

So...figure out what kind of system you want, say you change your filter twice a year ( hard to determine ) then use a local source that sells it and figure that if the equipment runs you $200.00, filters run you $30.00 x2 there's $260.00 ( very rough number, just throwing it out there)

Unless you have a large tank I don't think, even then, it'll be cost effective. If you can buy plain RODI water for $2/gl you need to figure out how much water you'll change and what your break even point will be. If you can get your money back in a year then I'd go for it. If it's more like two years, I'd pass.

Food for thought.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:45 PM   #16
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Scott you bring up some good points. Maybe there is more to the water then RO/DI. I do have something called a Water Zero drinking water filter system and it came with a pen that I can "test" the water. My tap water says: 129 ppm. The pen says: TDP Tester. Model ZT-2 On/Off Switch and HMD. Again this came with my drinking filter. My drinking water isn't RO/DI is it? When I use my pen on the filtered water it say 18ppm. It's been over a year since I have changed the filter, might be time (It used to read 0 all the time) Here is a photo of the model of Zero Water filter I have.



I guess my question would be, what's the difference between that and RO/DI water?
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Quick update: I just joined as a preimum member. I thought this site really does have some great advice, and I trust it. So I thought I would contriubite to the community. I hope it helps.

My 14g Bio Cube came in the mail today! I didn't open it, but I want to soon to inspect it before the Petco Return Policy Expires. I have deciced the next thing to buy before starting would be the Media Rack. I will most likely order that tonight.

I would like a little bit more insight on the RO/DI water topic. I posted about my water filter last night.

(PS: Can I change the title of my main post when we switch topics to make it more relevant) I can change my newest posts, but not my 1st one, as I feel after RO/DI we will change topics to more things. Like I said my first post. I want to get everything little by little, and then start the process. I do not want to rush into anything, but I don't want to make 100 new topics either so it would be nice if you could change the name of the thread)
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:02 PM   #18
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If you are inquiring about if you can change the actual thread title, I believe the answer is no.
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You can ask a moderator to change the title of your thread though.
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Does anyone have any thoughts on my above posts about the ppm of my water and what it means in terms of ro/di?
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