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r0bin
03/06/2007, 01:54 PM
PLease vote

SDguy
03/06/2007, 02:01 PM
DI from my work. I don't think DI only is practical/economical for a household though...

r0bin
03/06/2007, 02:02 PM
Thanks for your reponse!

1pix4c
03/06/2007, 02:44 PM
RODI here

Rhodesholar
03/06/2007, 02:47 PM
RO/DI here as well. Prevents alot of problems from the start.

Krazy
03/06/2007, 03:01 PM
RO/DI

Radiography14
03/06/2007, 03:05 PM
RO/DI You can get ths at your local fish store. if you have a large tank you might want to just buy one. Sometimes grocery stores or health food store will have a filling station.

RedEyeElf
03/06/2007, 03:11 PM
thank goodness this is annonimous, would'nt want everyone knowing i use tap water...

AZDesertRat
03/06/2007, 04:51 PM
For the long term health of your reef there is really only one choice, RO/DI. Anything less is doing your tank and its livestock a disservice, why invest hundreds or thousands of dollars on a reef system and skimp on the single largest ingredient it contains???

Misled
03/06/2007, 04:54 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9410302#post9410302 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by RedEyeElf
thank goodness this is annonimous, would'nt want everyone knowing i use tap water...
Dude, outed yourself! :D I think we need to start a new police dept. The RODIPD is watching you!
RO/DI always!

paradicio
03/06/2007, 04:58 PM
Distilled.

DrBDC
03/06/2007, 05:50 PM
RO/DI only!

BTW peradicio, be careful of the distilled as it is usually collected on copper condensers and leaves copper in the water. Although there are other types of condensers out there too.

ionredline0260
03/06/2007, 05:56 PM
LFS sells DI water so it's what I use.

paradicio
03/06/2007, 05:59 PM
Wal-Mart distilled water is fine, quoted from another forum.



Let me add my 2 cents. I've been using distilled for my Nano that I just set up about a month ago. As stated above distilled water is fine, and has no phosphates/nitrates. I used distilled water from Wal-Mart, and it tests out at 0 TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). I also emailed the supplier to see if they used copper piping, and they replied

QUOTE
To answer your questions, yes we do produce Wal-Mart Distilled,
Drinking and Spring Water in 1 gallon and 2.5 gallon bottles. Following a
review of our annual analytical testing, the copper content of our Distilled
Water was ND (None Detected). The lowest detectable level by the laboratory
is 0.002 mg/L.

DrBDC
03/06/2007, 06:04 PM
Sounds good then. :thumbsup:

kaihonu82
03/06/2007, 06:35 PM
RO/DI

i work in a lab, so i have free access! comes in veeeeeeeeery handy

hypermikie
03/06/2007, 07:21 PM
Tap Water with a little DeChlorinator for me...

8 years of it from a 75g, 24g Pod, to a 2.5g Pico...
Mixed Reefs, fish, inverts, etc... No ill effects

We are lucky to have good water around here I guess. The community also gives out semi-annual water reports showing testing results, full analysis.

SDguy
03/06/2007, 07:26 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9412029#post9412029 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by kaihonu82
RO/DI

i work in a lab, so i have free access! comes in veeeeeeeeery handy

Do you know that yours is RO/DI? I'm pretty sure mine is just DI....something about it being more pure, but more costly. I'll find out tomorrow for sure...

crabbejoe
03/06/2007, 07:50 PM
I use tap water. I haven't had any problems yet, but I know it could change any day.

Matt Rise
03/06/2007, 08:09 PM
RO/DI from LFS..... 50 cents per gallon. Can't go wrong

drummereef
03/06/2007, 08:47 PM
RO/DI FOREVER! :D

vanmo92
03/06/2007, 09:43 PM
Only RO/DI. Even though the TDS out of my unit is 5.

dendro982
03/06/2007, 10:04 PM
Tap water, nano tanks, corals from sale - low life :D
Still kicking.

Joe LoPresti
03/07/2007, 12:38 AM
Started w/ tap, now RO/DI exclusively...

JokerGirl
03/07/2007, 04:43 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=9412478#post9412478 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by hypermikie
Tap Water with a little DeChlorinator for me...

8 years of it from a 75g, 24g Pod, to a 2.5g Pico...
Mixed Reefs, fish, inverts, etc... No ill effects

We are lucky to have good water around here I guess. The community also gives out semi-annual water reports showing testing results, full analysis.

Our water is pretty good here in Zionsville too, except I'm on well water. It's wonderful for my cichlids, but has an awful lot of Iron and probably other stuff in it, so I use RO/DI.

r0bin
03/07/2007, 11:40 AM
bump

K9
03/07/2007, 11:47 AM
I'm in between tanks right now, but I used to get 5g jugs filled at my local grocery store with RO water for $1.50/5g. Worked very well in my nano reefs.

illal
03/07/2007, 12:23 PM
ro/di get it for .25 a gal

r0bin
03/08/2007, 06:45 AM
Come on everybody vote, there are a lot more people that surf this site than that and I assume you all have water in your tank, lol.

vsnsofadrgn
03/08/2007, 07:26 AM
i use distilled from wal-mart. ive tried other stores water, but always get algea a couple days later. wal-marts is the only one with 0 on the tds. i sold my ro/di unit as it just wasnt practicle in my apt.