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Old 11/10/2017, 02:49 PM   #1
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RO unit

Thinking getting one for my husband for Christmas. We have a 55 gallon tank. Any recommendations or warnings on brands of RO units?

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Old 11/10/2017, 02:57 PM   #2
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Thinking getting one for my husband for Christmas. We have a 55 gallon tank. Any recommendations or warnings on brands of RO units?

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Old 11/10/2017, 02:58 PM   #3
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I just bought one from brs. 150gpd. You have a 55 so maybe a 75gpd. Not much to it make sure you get a meter to measure water quality. Will help out once you need to changer filters


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Old 11/10/2017, 02:59 PM   #4
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I would stick with the "proven" companies around here..
Buckeye Hydro, Airwaterice, spectrapure, bulkreefsupply..

I love my airwateice typhoon setup but I've customized it some too..
buckeye hydro has amazing customer service from what I understand and frequents this forum often.. spectrapure has nice refurbished units at a lesser cost.. bulkreefsupply has good units with nice included options..

Expect $150-200 for a decent setup..
Somethings that are nice to have are
#1-ASOV valve if you intend on leaving the water supply to it on all the time..
#2-Dual or triple inline TDS meter
#3-vertical DI canister (avoid smaller horizontals)
#4-Pressure gauge.. (A must IMO)

You will want to check to see if your local water source uses Chloramines or just Chlorine to treat the water as Chloramines are tougher to remove from the water and require a bit of an upgrade in the carbon filter..

I think for you I would recommend giving Russ a call at Buckeye Hydro and telling him what you want.. He seems to be very helpful and will walk you through EXACTLY what you need..


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Old 11/10/2017, 03:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the information. We have great water here. Just chlorine. I think our water is rated one of the top in the nation. That is a great list of what to look for.

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Old 11/10/2017, 03:07 PM   #6
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Oh yes.. I see the NY now.. You do have amazingly clean water from what I understand..


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Old 11/10/2017, 03:55 PM   #7
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I just hot a koolermax ar122 six stage for about $150 and it works great. Good quality parts and everything you need is included to hook it up to any water source.

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Old 11/10/2017, 04:38 PM   #8
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Buckeye Hydro is here on the forums and helping anyone with questions, they get my vote.


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Old 11/10/2017, 04:43 PM   #9
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We have great water here.

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Same here. We have 27ppm on average and my DI last years and membranes are over a decade old.

Get a 5 stage with DI and enjoy, if you want faster production get 2 membranes and save water.


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Old 11/10/2017, 08:25 PM   #10
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I have afitler guys unit and it is very good. BRS has great units too.


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Old 11/10/2017, 08:39 PM   #11
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I see no reason for more than a 25gpd membrane.

For sure get a DI stage.

I just run mine to a float valve I drilled into the side of a 32 gallon brute trashcan in wheels.

When I do water changes I actually mix the salt in that can and roll it over to the tank

With a 25GPD membrane it's full by the next day


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Old 11/11/2017, 05:16 AM   #12
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If you're buying quality membranes anyways, there isn't really a significant difference in price between different flow rates. The Dow filmtec 75 gpd membrane (BW60-1812-75) is the most popular in the hobby because it has a decent flow rate, isn't unusually expensive, and has a very good reject ratio. It's $25 on Amazon. Dow makes 100 gpd units but the reject ratio is worse, the 75 gpd is the sweet spot in the product line.


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Old 11/11/2017, 08:17 AM   #13
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I would stick with the "proven" companies around here..
Buckeye Hydro, Airwaterice, spectrapure, bulkreefsupply..

I love my airwateice typhoon setup but I've customized it some too..
buckeye hydro has amazing customer service from what I understand and frequents this forum often.. spectrapure has nice refurbished units at a lesser cost.. bulkreefsupply has good units with nice included options..

Expect $150-200 for a decent setup..
Somethings that are nice to have are
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#2-Dual or triple inline TDS meter
#3-vertical DI canister (avoid smaller horizontals)
#4-Pressure gauge.. (A must IMO)

You will want to check to see if your local water source uses Chloramines or just Chlorine to treat the water as Chloramines are tougher to remove from the water and require a bit of an upgrade in the carbon filter..

I think for you I would recommend giving Russ a call at Buckeye Hydro and telling him what you want.. He seems to be very helpful and will walk you through EXACTLY what you need..
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Buckeye Hydro is here on the forums and helping anyone with questions, they get my vote.
When I was looking for one, I searched online and came up with what I thought was what I would need for it to do what I wanted. I priced it out at about $300, but before I pulled the trigger, I emailed buckeyehydro with a few questions. Less that an hour after I sent the email, my phone rang (on a Saturday morning). It was Russ, from www.buckeyehydro.com calling to help me out. I had never spent a single red cent with his company but he took about an hour of his morning to get me what I needed. I ended up spending about $175 on a 75gpd unit that was custom built for me so that I could easily do what I wanted. That price included all the tubing needed to run a line to the refrigerator for water/ice. The unit arrived on that Tuesday. I installed it that night, but had a small issue. I called Russ and he talked me through it that evening.

If for no other reason than excellent customer service, they will have my business until the time comes that I no longer need clean water.

There are plenty of places with a similar product at competitive prices. If there one with better service, I have yet to find it, and in the end, isn't that more than worth it?


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Old 11/11/2017, 04:15 PM   #14
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Think I will be call8ng buckeye.


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Old 11/11/2017, 05:23 PM   #15
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While I own a BRS unit, After reading these forums and seeing responses by buckeyehydro in EVERY ro/di thread, my vote would most definitely be them.

And in Rochester, I wouldn't be surprised if they used chloramines. Even if they are currently not using it, they probably do at some point in the year to flush out the pipes. Before buying anything, I would be finding this out first. A quick call to the local water authority, or a water quality report should be able to tell you.


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MCWA uses chlorine, not chloramine, for disinfecting the water supply:

http://www.mcwa.com/faqs.aspx


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Old 11/12/2017, 02:40 PM   #17
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Yes, Monroe County uses chlorine. I checked before I set up the tank. Although this is my first reef, I have probably had about 20 tanks over my life, even one fish only salt. I knew to check that. We are lucky! My pond fish do great and even breed with completely untreated water from the hose, although we do have a UV filter for them to keep the water clear.

I will call buckeye. My husband is excited I am getting him a RO unit for Christmas! I have the best husband!


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Old 11/15/2017, 09:43 AM   #18
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Old 11/15/2017, 10:49 PM   #19
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I have one of your units I bought 12 years ago, still running it.

When do i need to calibrate the inline TDS meters?


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Old 11/15/2017, 10:57 PM   #20
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Thinking getting one for my husband for Christmas. We have a 55 gallon tank. Any recommendations or warnings on brands of RO units?



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Bulk reef supply has some great set ups, and great customer service it would be worth calling them for a recommendation.


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I have one of your units I bought 12 years ago, still running it.

When do i need to calibrate the inline TDS meters?
One of the downsides of the inline tds meters is that they are factory calibrated with running water. You probably don't have the wherewithal to do that. So.. you can calibrate it once a week if you'd like, but I've found that most people don't calibrate them unless they start getting odd readings. The DM1 only has one calibration pot for both probes. The TRM-1 also has one pot. On the DM2 the probes can be calibrated independently.

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Old 11/16/2017, 09:42 AM   #22
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I love my BRS 4 Stage RO/DI system.

They actually currently have it on sale for $94!

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/75gpd...ef-supply.html


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Old 11/16/2017, 09:47 AM   #23
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Called Russ at Buckeye. He walked me through ordering what I needed. Great customer service!

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when you live in Indiana and when ever you turn on your water foist CORN comes flowing out


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