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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 131
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 09:17 am:       

What do you think about this product? Seems to remove all the right things from tap water, possibly leaving some of the good stuff . . .

http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/product.xml?product_id=22577;category_id=3241;pcid1=;pcid2=
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compensate
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Post Number: 132
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 09:26 am:       

Here's a review (scroll down).

Looks like it removes a LOT of stuff from the water . . . maybe too much?

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/50
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Brad
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Post Number: 1781
Registered: 03-2005


Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 10:14 am:       

Looks like simply DI resin beads.
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Randy
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Username: milesteg

Post Number: 229
Registered: 01-2006


Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 10:24 am:       

Wow! 40 cents per gallon! Ouch.
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flyingfish
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Post Number: 392
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 12:45 pm:       

LOL! I am trying my hardest to stay away from this thread....GRRRRRRR.....

OK I cant.......
That filter is better then using tap water. Maybe? I use a filter like that on my kitchen sink faucet....well the TDS readings actually go UP!
&%@#!!!!

I use a reverse osmosis/deionization unit to remove chlorine, it just so happens to help me out with 100 other issues at the same time. OK well maybe not 100 but its benefits are insurmountable.

I made a thread for a homemade tap water filter. I used this filter to fill my 65 gallon when I used to use the dechlor tap water/RO water blend. It seemed to work great. Cost effective. Now I am 100% rebuilt ro water.
Filter and heater $80
65 gallon aquarium $280
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Randy
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Username: milesteg

Post Number: 230
Registered: 01-2006


Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 12:55 pm:       

When I investigated my RO system, I estimated about 8 cents a gallon.
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Randy
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Username: milesteg

Post Number: 231
Registered: 01-2006


Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 12:57 pm:       

Oops! Forgot to mention that would be 8 cents a gallon to run the RO filter only
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 134
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 08:34 am:       

I guess that filter isn't such a deal at 40 cents a gallon!

I had heard that sometimes it is better to use neutralized ("remover" chemicals) tap water over RO/distilled water because some key nutrients are filtered/distilled out. With discus, I am sure you'd want very soft water, but I wonder about other fish and some plants.

I'm one of those twice/month water changers <ducks> if that factors into this topic . . .
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Randy
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Username: milesteg

Post Number: 234
Registered: 01-2006


Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 10:01 am:       

I use a product called RO Right. I puts back the water hardness, the more you use the harder the water gets. This may seem dumb, to first filter stuff out then put it back, but it is easer to take it all out then add back in only what you want. I also add a few other products to the water with the cost quite moderate.
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flyingfish
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Username: flyingfish

Post Number: 418
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 01:19 pm:       

RO water wont support life. You need to add back the trace elements, with products like RO Right. This is an advantage and disadvantage at the same time, it depends on how you view it.

Wow is it possible that statement wasnt biased?
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Brad
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Post Number: 1791
Registered: 03-2005


Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 01:46 pm:       

Or simply cut it with regular tap. Use 5 parts ro and 1 part tap or whatever.
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Randy
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Username: milesteg

Post Number: 244
Registered: 01-2006


Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 11:27 am:       

that works too.
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flyingfish
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Username: flyingfish

Post Number: 428
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 06:24 pm:       

for me cutting with tap water puts me back into the same problem I started with....so I just use products and havent looked back since.

Ive been converted. LOL.
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russ
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Username: rasaqua

Post Number: 3972
Registered: 01-2003


Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 11:35 pm:       

In a pinch (as in emergency) cutting r/o water with tap water would/could work, But, I think I have to side with Flyingfish on the over all intent and purpose of employing the extra equipment. If your tap water 'needs' to be processed or de-constructed and reconstructed, then why would the same tap water source be needed or 'wanted' to be placed back in? Sure, resources come into play, but large batches of the compounds you wish to replace can be made and stored for many water changes.


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Randy
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Username: milesteg

Post Number: 249
Registered: 01-2006


Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 08:59 am:       

I guess I wasn't thinking in those terms. I was thinking more along the lines of my case. I was RO water because I have Discus and not that there are any reason I could not use my tap water in other tanks.

Personally with the amount of time energy and expense that I am putting into my fish and other aquatic creatures, I like the idea of using highly filtered water. I know what I am putting into my tanks (within reason that is) and I don't have to think about what the city may or may not be doing to the water.
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