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Eretmodus
08/14/2006, 05:52 PM
Hey all, I am setting up a saltwater section in my small store. I am new to Salt and want to do things right but with minimal expense. I bought a TDS meter and figured I would test my water before spending the money on an R.O. Unit. I have well water with a p.h. of about 8.4 (varies somewhat depending on rainfall and season). I tested the TDS and came up with a reading of 116 ppm. Would I be o.k without the R.O. filter ?? I will be doing some soft corals to start but want to eventually move on to Hard Corals. Any help or advice you can give me will be Great ! Thanks and God Bless, Peter

LittlePuff
08/14/2006, 05:56 PM
If you're having corals, I would use R/O water. Plus it will help deter algae.

HBtank
08/14/2006, 05:58 PM
Yes. TDS is not the only bad thing found in well water..

Paintbug
08/14/2006, 05:59 PM
it depends on what that 116ppm is. chances are theres some heavy metals that you dont want, as well as other things. play it safe and get the RO. heres a good artcle on why you need a RO unit. http://www.melevsreef.com/why_rodi.html . Melev even sells a real nice system fairly cheap. another option is to buy the RO from the LFS. but hauling 5gal buckets will get old quick! i got my RO from aquasafesystems on ebay. i have no complaints about it, and you can get one for just over $100 shipped.

Eretmodus
08/14/2006, 06:20 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Reverse-Osmosis-6-Stage-DI-Water-Filter-R1006C_W0QQitemZ160018398217QQihZ006QQcategoryZ20684QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Could someone please check out this unit and see if it will be adequate for proper water quality. Thanks and God Bless, Peter

Peter Eichler
08/14/2006, 06:30 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7939693#post7939693 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Eretmodus
http://cgi.ebay.com/Reverse-Osmosis-6-Stage-DI-Water-Filter-R1006C_W0QQitemZ160018398217QQihZ006QQcategoryZ20684QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Could someone please check out this unit and see if it will be adequate for proper water quality. Thanks and God Bless, Peter

With things like RO/DI you usually get what you pay for... Spend $200-$300 on a good unit, Spectrapure and Airwaterice both make good units at a good price.

spineshank385
08/14/2006, 06:36 PM
fwiw, my well water has 61 ppm of TDS.

That includes 50 ppm of no3 and over 1 ppm of po4, both of which are VERY unacceptable for saltwater aquariums

its actually not recommended for pregnant women and small children because of the high no3

yoboyjdizz
08/14/2006, 06:46 PM
plain and simple yes get one!

AZDesertRat
08/14/2006, 07:06 PM
This unit in a 180 GPD version will supply a small store.

http://www.spectrapure.com/St_MaxCap-RO-DI.htm

If not they can build anything you would ever need. Their units are in more shops than anyone elses by far.