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Old 10-26-2012, 08:49 PM   #11
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Thanks Nikki,

That's exactly what I did today. I looked at some filters to take it out, Expensive!!
Ya, you need an additional unit on the RO/DI to filter the Chloromine. When I bought my unit they weren't using it in the water. While people say you shouldn't add anything to the water, I'm guessing there are quite a few who do it and are successful with their set up. I used it years ago and have never had any issues then or now.
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You're wasting time and money by adding anything to RO/DI water for chloramine unless you're testing ammonia in the RO/DI water and it's >0ppm. The only difference between a 'chloramine specific' RO/DI unit is the carbon block is bigger, or there's an extra carbon block. The membrane still filters out the ammonia and chlorine, there's just a better chance of burning holes in the membrane with the chloramine.
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You're wasting time and money by adding anything to RO/DI water for chloramine unless you're testing ammonia in the RO/DI water and it's >0ppm. The only difference between a 'chloramine specific' RO/DI unit is the carbon block is bigger, or there's an extra carbon block. The membrane still filters out the ammonia and chlorine, there's just a better chance of burning holes in the membrane with the chloramine.

Probably true! This is what I found regarding chloramine:

In recent years, water treatment plants have increasingly turned to chloramines as an alternative to chlorine. Chloramines are a combination of ammonia with chlorine. Unlike straight chlorine, which dissipates fairly quickly when exposed to air, chloramines remain in the water. That’s good for the company tasked with keeping public drinking water safe from contaminants such as bacteria. It’s not so good for those of us who keep fish and want to use our tap water to fill the aquarium.

First and foremost, it means the old trick of aging water in open buckets or in a tank with a filter running, won’t work anymore. You can age the water for days and the chloramines will still be there. Secondly, it means you must ensure that you treat the water for chloramines rather than for just chlorine. Not all aquarium water treatment products will neutralize the chloramines. Even those that advertize they do, aren’t always fully effective at the job, so choose your water treatment products carefully.
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