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Old 03-18-2012, 03:14 PM   #11
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What is a Ro/Di?
It is a machine that takes impurities out of tap water. It makes tap water more suitable for the aquarium.
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Is it expensive?
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:50 PM   #13
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You can get one for about $65 from ebay. or you can get a full size unit and mount it somewhere for like $150.

You will really see a difference using ro/di water.
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Alright I'll have to look into getting one. Does anyone like a particular brand/size?
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What is a Ro/Di?
RO/DI is bascally highly purified water RO(reverse osmosis0 and DI(deionization). Using this water will ensure that you do not have impurities in your water like tap water will have. You can buy it from your lfs, I get it for .25 a gallon or you can buy an RO/DI unit. Either way do not use tap water if you can help it.

As far as your cycling goes you want ammonia and nitrites to be 0 and nitrates to be no more than 15ppm, some say you can go as high as 40ppm but I would aim for the low side.
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Thank you everyone for the helpful advice! : ) The levels peaked a few days ago and I noticed the ammonia and nitrites are starting to go down! ))
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ro is reverse osmosis water and di is distilled water
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:00 PM   #18
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So... I made a deal with a friend and now I have an Ro/Di! He can't use it with his well due to lack of water pressure so he gave it to me in exchange for me making him buckets full when he needs it. : )
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Moving right along... Ammonia and nitrites tested at 0 ppm today! Tomorrow I'll be doing a water change with my first 10 gallons of Ro/Di filtered water. I am hoping to lower my nitrates in the next few weeks with the better quality water and the addition of a refugium. I put together the refugium Monday but I'm still uncertain if my bed of mud is deep enough....
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Oh I almost forgot! I added two peppermint shrimp on Sunday due to the massive amount of aiptasia present in my tank.. So far it looks like that have mowed down a few of them!
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