Yes an RO
system is about that much. It pays off in the long run, but since you probably don't have the money, I'd say definitely buy some RO
at your lfs
(most sell at $.50 a gallon or less). If you don't have one that sells that nearby then buy RO
water from a grocery store. Lugging the water back and forth can be annoying. It's all in the water quality, and the source of the water can help your tank or cause lots of problems. Especially if you want to use tap (which I HIGHLY recommend you do not use!). In tap water there are many metals and unknowns that can be nutrients for hair algae, cyano
, and other problems.