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PermaNoob
01/01/2009, 11:04 PM
Probabaly another dumb idea, but hey, it may be my first of the new year lol.

We have a refridgerator that has a purifier built into it. Any idea if those are usually good enough to use for topping off? I can't seem to find any Reverse Osmosis water at my local grocery stores. :o

MargieInAZ
01/01/2009, 11:07 PM
Nope. That filter is not even close to good enough.
See if there's a Water and Ice store near you, a local fish store (they will usually sell RO/DI water and pre-mixed salt water), or better yet, purchase an RO/DI filter yourself.
But don't use the water from your fridge.

Flipper62
01/01/2009, 11:10 PM
No....That water will be too cold unless your warming it up to the same temp of the tank. Also unless it is a RO/DI filter for the refridgertor, your not getting 0.0 TDS water.

Your best bet is to buy Distilled water from the store. BUT the best thing to do is buy a RO/DI unit. It will pay for its self in no time.

birdman1979
01/01/2009, 11:13 PM
+1

PermaNoob
01/01/2009, 11:14 PM
k, I'll try another lfs. I only have a little 14g nano and couldn't find any system that wasn't way overkill for my needs. Thx.

EllieSuz
01/01/2009, 11:19 PM
Have you tried a Walmart? The one near me has a Culligan vending machine that dispenses RO (but not DI) water.

Flipper62
01/01/2009, 11:22 PM
I have a BioCube 14 in my office. I bought a RO/DI system just for this tank. This way any time that I may need water...Its right there, I dont have to run to the LFS. Trust me its well worth the money.

You can get a Ocean Reef +1 from the filterguys for $199.00

http://www.thefilterguys.biz/ro_di_systems.htm

PermaNoob
01/01/2009, 11:25 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14060282#post14060282 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Flipper62
I have a BioCube 14 in my office. I bought a RO/DI system just for this tank. This way any time that I may need water...Its right there, I dont have to run to the LFS. Trust me its well worth the money.

You can get a Ocean Reef +1 from the filterguys for $199.00

http://www.thefilterguys.biz/ro_di_systems.htm

That looks like RO only. don't I need it to be DI as well? Thx for the link.

BradsOcean
01/01/2009, 11:37 PM
i think albertson's are national...anyways, the albertson's by my house sells ro/di water...give it a try

Flipper62
01/01/2009, 11:47 PM
The Ocean Reef +1 is a 5 stage RO/DI unit. The black filter that you see on the right is the DI unit. If you went to the link that I sent, you need to go down the page to the Ocean Reef +1.

Here is my system all mounted up.

http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm238/flipper62_photos/RODI-2.jpg

ReiferMadness
01/02/2009, 12:49 AM
I have an account through Ozarka. They offer DI tanks in my area for residential areas so I had them come in and run the tanks that gives me DI water after running through about 4 tanks. I pay an extra $30 a month to have the tanks but it is well worth it.

Might be worth checking into if you have bottle water service in your area. They tapped off of my outside line and ran the lines through the garage. It's not so bad to run there because I run my saltwater 5g jugs when I do my water changes in the house.

Flipper62
01/02/2009, 01:13 AM
I guess in any case, you might want to get COM-100 TDS meter. Its only $50.00.

This way, what ever you decide to do you can just test the water yourself for the TDS reading.

IMO, the COM-100 is the best portable meter out there. Its the only one that will read down to the 0.3....0.7.... most other ones will read 0.0 until the TDS gets up to 1.0.... True TDS 0.0 water will be 0.3 to 0.5 on the COM-100

Here is the link to the COM-100 ( YA....again...the FilterGuys )

NO...I'm NOT being paid to plug them........They are good people & Jim there always takes care of me as well as all his customers.

http://www.thefilterguys.biz/tds_meters.htm

A.T.T.R
01/02/2009, 02:50 AM
dont waste your money on a heavy dutey 3 carbon filted ro unit it isnt needed
find your self a 3 stage unit ( carbon block. TFC then di) you can usualy get tehm for 129 to 130 ish.

on that note i have a system that cost me over 600 bucks. and if i bought a new system i would go with the cheep $130 one

weekendplayer
01/02/2009, 03:01 AM
Try airwaterice.com their 75g/day RO/DI starts at 149.95