Aquatic Life RO/DI Buddie System

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Hi there! I’m new to this forum and I have just ordered a fluval evo 13.5 gallon all in one aquarium. I have not been able to find anywhere that sells RO/DI water but I did come across the aquatic life RO/DI buddie system! I just wanted to know if anyone here has used it before and recommends it? The only drawback to it that I’ve read about is the time it takes to filter the water which I believe won’t be a huge deal seeing as my aquarium is small and won’t be needing all that much water and it is quite affordable and portable!
Thank you in advance for any help or advice!
 

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I have used it. I recently switched to a BRS one as it is easier to open the DI cartridge and I like that the parts last longer.

If you get the RO buddie, you NEED a flush valve to avoid burning through DI resin like crazy. You will also want a pressure gauge, tds meter, anc eventually chlorine strips.
 

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A number of folks use the RO Buddie, and it works just fine. My only complaint is that it doesn't use conventional size replacement cartridges. You can only use their replacement cartridges. The original cost of the unit is low, but replacement cartridges is relatively high when compared to conventional sized cartridges.
 

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I started up my fluval evo 13.5 with the ro buddie. It is more than enough for nano tanks. It isn't really any slower than any other base rodi system. It depends on your water pressure, ro membrane, water temperature etc. I ended up getting the add on pump with some gift cards I had and it made a big difference as to amount of waste to filtered water.
 
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I have used it. I recently switched to a BRS one as it is easier to open the DI cartridge and I like that the parts last longer.

If you get the RO buddie, you NEED a flush valve to avoid burning through DI resin like crazy. You will also want a pressure gauge, tds meter, anc eventually chlorine strips.
Thank you so much for the advice! Is there any flush valve in particular that you would recommend?
 

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