Just something to consider...I am one who disagrees that RODI
is a must for FOWLR
tanks. For reef, absolutely, fish tend to be a little more forgiving than corals when it comes to water. I have used RO
water and never had issues. RODI
should have zero TDS
(total dissolved solids). RO
is usually very close. The extra 2-4 ppm
you get with RO
has never caused anything bad in my tanks. At $1.50 per gallon locally for RODI
versus .25 for RO
, I prefer RO
Overall, saltwater is not that difficult to maintain. The startup is costly, but keeping things going is not all that involved. Asks questions here if you are ever confused, or unsure.
My words of wisdom...always remember that the folks at your LFS
are there to make money. Advice from them can be questionable, at best, sometimes. Also, for buying fish, pay attention to the recommended tank sizes from places like liveaquaria.com. Many people put fish in tanks that are way too small and end up with health issues. They get frustrated and leave the hobby. Again, when in doubt, ask here. There is a lot of experience on these boards.