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Old 09-20-2004, 10:04 AM   #11
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RO/DI is reverse osmosis and deionized water. It is the best water for your tank. You can either buy it from local grociery stores or you can get a unit for your home that does the same job. Many people who are starting out just use the declorinating chemicals but that really isn't healthy for the tank because there are so many other elements in the water that should be removed.
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:05 AM   #12
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ro-reverse osmosis
di-dionized

I thought dionized was the same as distilled, but not 100%
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Not really. Distilled is like the most basic form of purifying water. While I don't remember how it is done... I am pretty sure that everything in the water is just killed off or neutralized. where as ro/di is removed from the water.
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BTW distilled is arguably better than using tap water but ro/di is ideal.
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ya but how do i make tap water into ro or di water?
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you need an RO/DI filter. you can get them at lots of online retailers or some LFS. They're typically 100-200 US.


distilled water is actually made by boiling water. The steam is collected and passed through a cooling tube where it then condenses and returns to liquid form. Most impurities etc are not carried with the steam so the water is then purer than it was originally. Distilled would be better, but RO/DI would be best.
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