Originally Posted by SassyAngel111
As for the ro
I would go with the 4 stage better filtration., also pick up a TDS
For the test kits, IMO
go with Saliferts tests except for the ammonia just go to your local pet store and pick up the AP test kit.
As for the refractometer get it from Live Aquaria you should be able to pick one up for about 45.00. As for the PH meter I just use a test kit for mine.
I know someone with more experence than what I have will be on and will give you more input on this.
Sounds like great advice to me!
I also think Salifert sets the standards when it comes to test kits. However, for basic tests like ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, and even hardness, I've found the API test to be a great value. Plus you can get them just about anywhere. The API Calcium test is OK too, but if you want a good accurate number, then I'd recommend the Salifert. I have both and use the Salifert to double check my API test once in a while when it seems a little off.
Just about any of the refractometers you'll find out there in the $40-60 range will do just fine.
versus the Tap Water filters, the only difference is that those tap water filters are just a single DI
stage versus the combined RO
. For most "normal" tap water, you'll get just about as pure of water with a tap water filter, but you'll just burn through them quicker and spend more money on replacement cartridges. The RO
membrane in an RO
unit does the majority of the work, filtering out 90-95% of the bad stuff. The DI
stage then just "polishes" the water to make it pure. With a tap water filter, that DI
stage is doing ALL the work and the resin that's in there will be used up pretty quick.