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Old 01-24-2005, 12:09 AM   #11
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We have a rodi unit for the simple fact of not staring another problem I dont want to contend with. Algae is a serious problem if not kept in check. I would reccomend buying from a lfs if possible untill you can buy your own, Currently I'm using 20 gallons a day without water changes to the main tank so it will add up after a while. Save up and buy you a ro unit when you can and you will not regret it.
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Old 01-24-2005, 04:13 AM   #12
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BYOB WAter is available at certain supermarkets and healthfood stores. You just bring your own bottle and fill up. It is Ro, not sure about the DI part.

I spent $150.00 at home depot for a good system. It mounts under the sink, has only a gallon storage tank, but my wife and I use it as regular drinking water too.

They Have systems on ebay for around $90
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Old 01-24-2005, 09:58 AM   #13
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its cheaper to buy a new unit over replacing the filter thats the sad part :-/
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Old 01-24-2005, 08:45 PM   #14
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There are several types of units that can be bought.....
Just RO and RO/DI and Kold Steril
RO/DI is the best you can get removes 99%
RO removes less then RO/DI
Kold Steril removes bad things leaving good.
Do your home work before you buy any unit.
I suggest RO/DI
HD sells RO units but you can get a better deal online for a RO/DI unit.
Distilled water add up how much it costs and how much you will need to fill up your system and how much you need to top off water..... Bet thats close to the price of a RO or RO/DI unit. Don't waste you money buying bottled water unless you can get a good deal somewhere.
This is not a cheap hobby as your finding out.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:49 PM   #15
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:44 PM   #16
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An alternative I have found for small tanks is the Aquarium Pharmacuticals "Tap Water Filter" resin deionization unit. I used this with great success for softening the water filling my old 55 gallon tank when I was breeding fresh water angelfish. It only lasts about 50 gallons, so it is not economical for very large tanks, but if your doing nanos (30 gallons or under) and you can't justify $150+ for a reverse osmosis unit, it's more convienent than hauling 7 buckets or 30 empty milk jugs to the RO water vending machine.

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Old 01-25-2005, 06:50 AM   #17
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Right now NY (at least my yard) has 16" of fresh snow. I'm going to fill some containers with it - it's "acid snow", but I'm going to test it for other things when it melts. I have to believe that it's free of nitrates and phosphates, but I'm not sure about particles. I live about 2 hrs north of the NY city so pollution is not a real concern. We'll see....

It's a heat wave in NY today....5:30 am and it's already 20 degrees. Yesterday was -11.
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Old 01-25-2005, 11:04 AM   #19
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I'm going to fill some containers with it - it's "acid snow"

hehehe get the stuff by the street has some salt in it already lololo j/k
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Old 01-25-2005, 11:42 AM   #20
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hehehe get the stuff by the street has some salt in it already lololo

Wise guy, eh?

The town snowplow piles 3-5 ft of the salty chunks right in front of the fire hydrant on my peaceful little dead-end street, but they'll slap me with a fine if I blow or shovel my snow into the street.

What a world.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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