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Aquaman212
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PostPosted: 2008.09.21(Sun)12:45    Post subject: reverse osmosis unit Reply with quote

hello I am going to be setting up my first reef tank and have read on several sites that I need a reverse osmosis and deionizing unit. I have shopped around and now know they are pricey. I use well water and was wondering if I could use that? or if I could use something that is cheaper. Thanks in advance for any help Very Happy Question
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PostPosted: 2008.09.26(Fri)8:16    Post subject: Re: reverse osmosis unit Reply with quote

Aquaman212 wrote:
hello I am going to be setting up my first reef tank and have read on several sites that I need a reverse osmosis and deionizing unit. I have shopped around and now know they are pricey. I use well water and was wondering if I could use that? or if I could use something that is cheaper. Thanks in advance for any help Very Happy Question


RO/DI units are great. But everything is going to depend on the type of system you wish to set up (aquarium-wise). If you intend on setting up a simple FO (Fish-Only) system or a FOWLR (Fish-Only-With-Live-Rock) then it wouldn't be necessary. I would get your well water tested first. I used to live in a Suburban area and since there was no public water supply, I had to use well water. You might want to test the water first for things like pathogens, TDS, BOD, whatever to make sure it is usable for aquariums. If it's a natural artesian aquifer, you should alright and the best part may be that you might not have to treat it with a softener since well water has a natural carbonate hardness but that issue isn't all that important for a FO or FOWLR tank.

An RO/DI unit is most valuable when you get into the realm of Reef tanks. The purest quality of aquarium water always starts here. Corals grow faster, more colourfully and you'll have a wider margin for error when it comes to Nitrates and Phosphates as some public water supplies and well systems do have slight trace levels even at detection level.
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