Tap water

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  1. Brooks Ross

    Brooks Ross Well-Known Member

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    hi everyone,

    I really don’t want to invest in a RODI kit for adding new water.

    Any suggestions on solutions that work with tap water ?
     
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    Do you have a LFS that you could consider water from?
     
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    pickupman66 Well-Known Member MTRCMember

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    If you are goin to do any sort of reef, you need to use Ro/Di water. whether you buy it from the local store or you make it yourself, this is essential. 100%. without it, you are introducing other organics into your tank that will plague you.
     
  4. crabs_mcjones

    crabs_mcjones I was a drab little crab once R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    I strongly suggest you either invest in an RO/DI unit or purchase some from a LFS. There are things you can do to tap water to make it chlorine and ammonia safe, but you're going to get copper and other heavy metals in there that are going to harm and kill your corals and inverts. And tap water generally has high TDS so you're going to get all kinds of pest algae that is going to get out of hand fast.
     
  5. Brooks Ross

    Brooks Ross Well-Known Member

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    Ok what’s an easy / simple rodi system i should get then ?
     
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    Thanks . Just got it
     
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    DeepBlueSomething Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Several others have commented in other threads -- but having a Brut trashcan for RODI and one for mixing is also great - still deals available via Amazon
     
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    +1 on that deal. I went a while in an apartment just buying DI water from wal-mart, but that ended up costing a lot more in the long run (I think it was around 70 cents/gal). You don't realize how much water you use until you are checking out every week with 20 gallons of water in your cart.
     
  11. Brooks Ross

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    Is RODI water drinkable / good for you ?
     
  12. BigMulliATX

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    An RODI system is the best thing for your reef but if that is out of the question and you don't want to drive to a fish store any water filter place at gas stations or heb or Walmart place like that you can get RO water which is filtered drinking water. You may add stuff to you aquarium you just need to know the risks. You are at the mercy of who maintains that equipment. I used a glacier water station for years before I got my own rodi system
     
  13. jahnje

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    Many people run a second line from their RO/Di into their fridge. It's not bad for you, but it is missing the salts, minerals, and electrolytes that are in typical tap water. That's what make up a lot of the TDS. Typical carbon filter in a fridge just removes a lot of the organics.
     
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    The DI resin is not NSF rated so I added a line from my system prior to the Di filter for coffee water. Best coffee ever. The water is great for drinking too. You get enough of the nutrients from cooking and other sources according to my Dr.
     
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  15. Randy Holmes-Farley

    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    The concern with drinking RO/DI is that bacteria can grow in it, especially between the RO and the DI, since the disinfectant has been removed by the carbon block. If you use it for drinking, it should be frequently sanitized.
     
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    Drilled a hole in a 5g bucket at the bottom that would fit the guts from the 6 cup Zerowater pitcher. Sealed it. Waited a week. Twist on the filter. .000TDS (for about 40-50g.) Then roll the slim Rubbermaid 27g trash bin over to the tap. Slide the filter bucket in. Filter out 10g. Use prime and reef crystals. Roll it back over to the tank area. Heat it and mix for 24hrs. Done.
     
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    Just watched a video on algae and the person said that using tap water not only will give you algae problems but phosphate problems down the road too. Go rodi you’ll be thankful. First purchase I made
     
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    Aquatic Life RO Buddie. Amazon. Have had mine for two years and no issues. Add the DI.
     
  19. AdamNC

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    Here’s what using tap water treated only with Prime can do. Give you a nice case of Golden Algae filled with Phosphate and Silicates. This is 6 months of using tap water.

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    AdamNC Lawnmower Blenny says nom nom R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I got this and my troubles have gone away. $125.00 plus I bought 2 extra canisters.

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