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Old 09-08-2004, 07:46 PM   #1
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RO/DI filters, Good deal?

Check out this deal on ebay for a RO/DI filter:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...322771074&rd=1

Is this a good deal? Would it be a smart move for me to invest in one of these filters rather than buying distilled water (or using tap ) for every water change?
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Old 09-08-2004, 07:51 PM   #2
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I am buying my water. 59 cents a gallon is not bad. And I will only be spending about 15 bucks a month doing it that way.

How big is your tank?
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Old 09-08-2004, 07:55 PM   #3
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It's 55 gallons. Where are you getting your water from, 59 cents a gallon seems sort of high for distilled water. I usually spend 15 to 25 cents.
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Old 09-08-2004, 08:43 PM   #4
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This is probably a dumb question--but I haven't really seen much discussion (actually, any that I can think of) of distilled water. Is distilled water okay for a tank?

I pay $.30 for RO water at the grocery store. My LFS wants $.50 for RO, $1 for mixed SW.
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Old 09-08-2004, 10:24 PM   #5
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I've been looking around a bit on ebay for one of those. Seems like a decent deal. I find it odd that so many people buy their water from stores. Seems more expensive in the long run, not to mention the hassle of driving car loads of water jugs home.
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Old 09-09-2004, 02:06 AM   #6
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Yeah, I just don't have a place for the filter unit. It's hard enough finding room for the saltwater, topoff water, etc. It's kind of a hassle to get the water, but on the flip side I don't have to wait for my unit to produce enough water for a change.
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Old 09-09-2004, 08:34 AM   #7
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Boy I hope its a good deal, I just bought one from that guy!
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Old 09-09-2004, 10:19 PM   #8
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I just helped a friend install one from them last week. All in all it seems like quite a good unit. I even noticed that you can get replacement carbon chambers from HD.

The only thing I caution is when using the piercing valve. If a chrome pipe they are quite soft and it will crush it. Ended up replacing the coldwater pipe with a flexi and solid "no leak" conector for the unit. Costs about $15.00 CND and installed everything in about 15 min.

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It says you can tell them to include a different option for water source. Do not get piercing. Have them give you the hose connector, this will make a simple T hookup. I got something similar for my RO DI unit that I ordered on ebay. T is better because piercing will eventually fail and it is permanent. T is easy to instal and comes with a little ball valve so you can cut water off from the source.
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I just got mine today... EXACT! same unit as linked to. I am overall happy with it. I got the aerator adapter (he also still gave me the pin adapter) but for some reason I got a shower filter and 12 replacements in addition... I know I didn't pay for it... I guess it was just my lucky day! I will probably get the hose adapter from home depot or lowes because I don't like the idea of the pin through the piping.
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