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Old 02-19-2014, 02:00 PM   #11
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Do the 5 stage Plus if you haven't already bought it...

I have not yet purchased. I wanted to hear more opinions. Is it worth the extra 40 bucks just for the TDS meter and pressure gauge? I already own a hm digital handheld TDS meter.
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:31 PM   #12
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I think it is, and you get the extra stage of filtration (and less filter wear) with the 5 stage. The pressure gauge is nice so that you can see if you will need a booster pump, and it gives you an overall idea of how long it will take to make your water. i.e. I know that if I see 65PSI, it will take about 80 minutes to make my little bucket of water, but at 55PSI, it takes closer to 2 hrs...

Oh, and get the float valve
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:45 PM   #13
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Oh, and get the float valve

The float valve or the auto shut off kit? And what's the difference in the two?
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The "plus" system already includes the auto shut off, the float valve makes it work...
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Awesome. 👍

Any other suggestions on things I may need or would make life just a tad easier? I plan on letting it drain into my washing machine and use the waste water to wash clothes with.
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A refractometer (not a hydrometer), good test kits (Hanna checkers and Salifert are good)...

What do you have already?
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A refractometer (not a hydrometer), good test kits (Hanna checkers and Salifert are good)...

What do you have already?
Milwaukee makes a MEAN digital refractometer. One of the best things I ever did was pick up on duty shifts to buy that and the calcium, alk, and phosphate hanna checkers.
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Yeah, that's a sweet meter, all right, but a standard refractometer will suffice too.

But, for the love of FSM, don't use a hydrometer.
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I have the full gamma of API test kits. (Ph, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, calcium, phos, and I bought either the kh or gh but Idr at the moment). I use a fluval hydrometer. I also have a hm digital TDS meter. I have a 92 gallon corner that is about 7-8 years old with a 20 gallon, 2 chamber, sump with a filter sock and live rock as the only media in it. There are two 150w metal halides with 20,000k bulbs in it(which are lord knows how old) and two t5ho with 460nm blue actinics (Red Sea) that I installed two weeks ago.
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I was told by others that the Hanna checkers are for freshwater only??
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