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  1. Default RO/DI unit Nitrates, confused HELP


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    Ok, I have a 65 gallon tank, waiting to be set up, but my water is 20-30 ppm Nitrates, and 8.0 PH. Should I get a RO/DI unit? Ive been looking at them, but there is 3 stage 4 stage ect. RO with out DI, or with. Is there any portable ones? or ones that can hook to a garden hose. (no way i can put it under the sink) It would be best to keep in the basement, with a hose hooked to the water tank. Would any one explain all this to me please in easy terms.


    Also is I do get ro.di water how to I put back the stuff the fish need, and properly maintain a certain PH?



    THANK YOU

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    Here's a very good primer on RO units: http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/rodi-units/. This is written on a reef tank blog so read with care because some of the things might not apply to your setup.

    Also, depending on your bio load and the rate of nitrate production in your tank, it might be feasible to do water changes with either store-bought RO/distilled water or a mixture of store-bought RO/distilled water and tap water if the cost of buying and using an RO unit is too high for you (I don't have experience with either of these things so you'll have to price it out yourself and see what works best for your budget and the amount of time you have).

    What type of tank do you intend on keeping - saltwater, freshwater community, goldfish, cichlids, etc.?
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    You could use 100% pure RO water if you replace the required elements with a product like the below:

    http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod...Replenish.html

    This approach is common among some discus keepers

    However mixing RO water with your tap water might be your best option for your aquarium. I would think about using RO water for yourself as well as 20 to 30 ppm of nitrate my not be the best for your health.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Thanks so much for that write up. That has helped a lot! We drink home delivery water so the RO unit would just be for the aquarium. I think I want to do a Chichlid tank, I don't have the time and money for a saltwater tank yet. That should come in the future.

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    I use 100% RO/DI water (made water), as my tap water is not usable in an aquarium. If you don't have ammonia in your tap water, you need an RO unit. If you have too high an ammonia reading, you need an RO/DI unit (deionization removes the ammonia).

    RO units - http://spectrapure.com/AQUARIUM/RO-SYSTEMS

    RO/DI units - http://spectrapure.com/AQUARIUM/RO-DI-SYSTEMS

    This is the unit i have - I added an additional RO membrane, so now it's a 180 GPD unit.
    http://spectrapure.com/AQUARIUM/RO-D...D-RO-DI-System

    You want a unit made specifically for aquariums, as not all units are for aquarium use.

    There is no way to attach a garden hose to the unit - it uses 1/4 inch tubing. I have a 35 gal container for my made water with a float valve. I use a submersible utility pump with a 1/2 inch water line to transfer the made water to my tank.

    I use Seachem Replenish to add back the calcium & magnesium that are removed. And as I use 100% made water, I have to buffer my pH (made water is pH 6.5 and is not stable if used exclusively).

    I agree with Cliff that a combo of your tap water and RO or RO/DI water might work fine. You will have to experiment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unitednations161 View Post
    Ok, I have a 65 gallon tank, waiting to be set up, but my water is 20-30 ppm Nitrates, and 8.0 PH. Should I get a RO/DI unit? Ive been looking at them, but there is 3 stage 4 stage ect. RO with out DI, or with. Is there any portable ones? or ones that can hook to a garden hose. (no way i can put it under the sink) It would be best to keep in the basement, with a hose hooked to the water tank. Would any one explain all this to me please in easy terms.


    Also is I do get ro.di water how to I put back the stuff the fish need, and properly maintain a certain PH?



    THANK YOU
    Where do you live? I find it amazing your Tap puts out that much nitrates (cistern?) and I can see why your drinking water is delivered. If this is for one 65 Gallon tank you won't need a 3 or 4 stage unit, you change water weekly at max or your overstocked. So making 25 gallons a week is plenty. What are the property's of the delivered water, that's going to be cheaper than buying RO even in bulk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    I use 100% RO/DI water (made water), as my tap water is not usable in an aquarium. If you don't have ammonia in your tap water, you need an RO unit. If you have too high an ammonia reading, you need an RO/DI unit (deionization removes the ammonia).

    RO units - http://spectrapure.com/AQUARIUM/RO-SYSTEMS

    RO/DI units - http://spectrapure.com/AQUARIUM/RO-DI-SYSTEMS

    This is the unit i have - I added an additional RO membrane, so now it's a 180 GPD unit.
    http://spectrapure.com/AQUARIUM/RO-D...D-RO-DI-System

    You want a unit made specifically for aquariums, as not all units are for aquarium use.

    There is no way to attach a garden hose to the unit - it uses 1/4 inch tubing. I have a 35 gal container for my made water with a float valve. I use a submersible utility pump with a 1/2 inch water line to transfer the made water to my tank.

    I use Seachem Replenish to add back the calcium & magnesium that are removed. And as I use 100% made water, I have to buffer my pH (made water is pH 6.5 and is not stable if used exclusively).

    I agree with Cliff that a combo of your tap water and RO or RO/DI water might work fine. You will have to experiment.


    How are some not made for aquariums? And I was on reef forum and quite a bit of them had it hooked up to a garden hose. There must be a way. ( i read it, didnt post or anything)

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    The adapter you are looking for is not common, but available (link below). You can also get these same adapters to hook up your RO unit to your tap, just like a python dose

    http://www.marinedepot.com/Garden_Ho...RORARP-vi.html

    When looking for a RO unit, just focus on one that will produce less than 2ppm of TDS. RO units are as good as the membranes and carbon you use in them so don't get hung up on anything else. Keep it simple and find one that produces water with less than 2ppm of TDS.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfdog View Post
    Where do you live? I find it amazing your Tap puts out that much nitrates (cistern?) and I can see why your drinking water is delivered. If this is for one 65 Gallon tank you won't need a 3 or 4 stage unit, you change water weekly at max or your overstocked. So making 25 gallons a week is plenty. What are the property's of the delivered water, that's going to be cheaper than buying RO even in bulk.

    We only get 10-20 gallons a month of delivered water so that cant be used. . I live in upstate ny, a lot of farms around, Everyone's tap Ive tested in this area has high nitrates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    The adapter you are looking for is not common, but available (link below). You can also get these same adapters to hook up your RO unit to your tap, just like a python dose

    http://www.marinedepot.com/Garden_Ho...RORARP-vi.html

    When looking for a RO unit, just focus on one that will produce less than 2ppm of TDS. RO units are as good as the membranes and carbon you use in them so don't get hung up on anything else. Keep it simple and find one that produces water with less than 2ppm of TDS.


    Thank you!! I cant hook it to the tap, we have a pull out faucet that does not have a hook up. and I really do not want to mess around under the sink Im thinking if I can just put the RO in the basement, and leave it hooked up to the water tank, with a hose and just get my water from that it would make my life a lot easier.


    I have noticed a lot of cheaper ones, that say around 5ppm of TDS, What is going to be bad if that much is left? Other then the Nitrates, I dont think my water is all that bad, just hard, I can empty a bottle of hardess tester in the tube before it changes color, (ok well not that much but its off the chart they give you)

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