Need RODI - LFS sold me pure ammonia water

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  1. Brett S

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    You might want to get the Aquatic Life DI canister to go with that. It looks like the “RO Buddie” is just RO which will remove a lot of the impurities from water, but not everything. If you add the DI canister to it then you will have a full RODI system which will get the water about as pure as possible.

    The other potential option for you, depending on the size of your tank and the quality of your source water is to just go with a DI canister. DI alone will get the water to 0 TDS, but the issue is that DI resin can be kind of expensive. The RO membrane is used to remove a lot of impurities so that the DI resin doesn’t have to do as much work and it will last longer. But if you have low TDS source water and/or a very small tank then using DI alone might still be cost effective.
     
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    Should be mentioned most run a carbon block before the RO membrane and if you have hard water you really should run a softener in front of all of it. If you are looking for a single stage budget solution go with a high quality carbon block.
     
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    Dom Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    In my view, 25 miles away is local. Maybe one of the other stores can help you out until you get your RODI system?

    Also, I'd take those results back to the LFS where you purchased the water and get a refund!
     
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    Every time I'm in Florida I have to get my fix. I want to move back...... darn you future wife.......
     
  5. Kudos

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    I have tested distilled water a few times and always got 0 TDS and have a very successful tank now I also run carbon once a month and normally use RODI but on the occasion my fiance turn it off I run to the store and get a jug of distilled water.
     
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  6. Robert Binz

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    That’s fascinating I hadn’t heard that. Thank you. I’ll look at the aquatic life cannister
     
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    How is that possible?
    It can't have been distilled water if the ph was 12!
     
  9. Brett S

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    Measuring the pH of purified water doesn’t really work well. I know this applies to RODI and I suspect it applies to distilled water as well.

    This is a quote from Randy Holmes-Farley

    I suspect that the reading of 12pH on distilled water was simply not accurate.
     
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    I buy distilled from Walmart (pink cap) I have tested it 3 times and always got 0 TDS
     
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    Yes I used it for years without issue...was less than a buck at Walmart.

    I would say it is safer than water from LFS because it is for human consumption.
     
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    Actually I think there was a Kroger in Chicago area when I was a kid in the 60s. Near evergreen park on western I think.
     
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    im in CA and we have CVS, Trader Joes, Ralphs, and whole foods
     
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    They sold you water change water most likely. I’d go back and ask them to swap it.
     
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    Yeah,I had the same experience with my LFS.They were supposed to be selling me RO water but my TDS pen showed a higher reading than our tap water at our house.
    Buyer beware!
     
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    Oh yeah we have a Kroger here in Tennessee it’s a nice store.
     
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    Lol. I’d be like, let me see you actually fill it up with RODI. I’ll wait 4 hours.
     
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    I’m not waiting for them I bought my own RO/DI.
    That’s the only way to go is to make your own.
     
  19. Robert Binz

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    I bought an RO Buddie with DI attachment. Thanks for the input everyone!
     
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    Get a TDS checker to monitor filter depletion.
     
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