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Old 03-15-2005, 05:48 PM   #1
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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals tap water filter?

does anyone use this and would you recomend it?
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:57 PM   #2
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Give us a link so we can learn more about it. I personally dont use it, but I am sure some vets of this site could give you a good idea of how good it would be.
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:53 PM   #3
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Works fine for me. I aquired (bought used units) 3 units and separated the resins. In the first one inline I put carbon, the second had about 1/3 carbon and then 2/3 color change anionic resin, and the third was all the tan coloured cationic resin.
For me it was too expensive to buy so I arranged with an LFS to offer $2 for each spent cartridge that other hobbyists could trade in on new ones and that gave me a large supply. I purchased sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid and recharged the resins.
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I used this unit when I first started my tank and was very underwhelmed by it. The filtration is not that great and the cartridges exhaust themselves after about a month, so it is actually it is a more expensive unit in the longrun than the $100 6 stage ro/di unit I purchased from filter direct on ebay. Ro/di is the way to go and I highly reccommend skipping the tap water filter because it is a waste of money for a subpar product.
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I am happy with mine. I get about 80g per cartridge. If you have a soft water supply and a 50g tank or smaller its a fine alternative. DI units remove more impurities than RO alone.
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:38 AM   #6
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Ive looked on ebay for the RO/DI units and noticed all kinds of brands and models,
which one should I get or better question is what do I look for in a RO/DI unit?Can someone post a link? TIA
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For me, the real waste is the water pouring down the drain that is rejected by the membrane. I have to pay not just for the water, but a drainage fee meant to replace aging drain systems, that is based on the amount of water going through my meter, not just what I actually use.
I go through at least 170g a week, and with just over 400g in containers in my service room already, I have no room to store any more just to use in my gardens in the all too short summer gardening season.
For a very modest outlay, the used purchases of the main units, the used cartridges, and the chemicals needed, I can recharge and supply large quantities of DI water for my systems.
THE REAL KICKER NOW, is that I don't have to use either anymore.
I discovered that the tap water in my city is good enough that all I have to do is age the water for the chlorine to dissipate, so for the last few years I've not used anything on my water.
I am keeping all the tap water purifier equipment though just in case conditions change.
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