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Old 10-13-2012, 07:17 PM   #1
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Tap Water question

Can I just use tap water and then add salt and mix it and make it non toxic and put it in the tank. Or do I need saltwater from a lfs
Or do I need a RO/DI unit to make water ( not really in my budget.
I forgot to mention its going to be a 100 gallon reef tank.
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Also if I need a RO/DI unit can you tell me where to buy one and which one I need ( I need one under 100 dollars but is still good)
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But one that doesn't make lots of waste water
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I don't have one yet, but I've heard good things on this forum about one from purewaterclub.com (they also sell in amazon) that's portable (so tou dont have to plumb it in) and is under $70. Not sure of the waste amount from it, though.
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Can I just use tap water? Or lfs water? Or do I need the RO DI
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Can I just use tap water? Or lfs water? Or do I need the RO DI
If you use tap water you will be fighting an ongoing algae battle due to phosphates. If you plan on keeping corals this isn't a good thing and with FOWLR it's a nuisance as well. I would use your LFS water rather than tap.
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I don't have one yet, but I've heard good things on this forum about one from purewaterclub.com (they also sell in amazon) that's portable (so tou dont have to plumb it in) and is under $70. Not sure of the waste amount from it, though.
<----has one from there and it works great! I do need to order new filters though as its been a while. When I saw the price compared to everyone else I figured it might not work as well but it has. The other ones look nicer and I won't lie in that when I received mine it looked cheap. All I care about is that it works though so I'm ok with that!
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Calculate how much you will spend over the next 6 months on once a week water changes and factor in your time to go get water, gas, containers to keep it in and what not. Then go to purewaterclub.com and see what the cost of one of their units is. I went with the 150 gallon RO/DI. You will need to keep fresh water on hand to top off with and I always have about 15% saltwater made up on hand "just incase".
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I searched for their website on google and a link popped up and I clicked on it and lots of people complained about them charging and not shipping and them having terrible customer service.
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Also their website isn't working for me. Do u guys and gals know any other websites? Also I found RO DI units on bulk reef supply but I don't know which one I need. Can anyone help?
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