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No, I don't use it on any of my tanks. 66 53.23%
Yes, I use it for some of my tanks. 15 12.10%
Yes, I use it for all of my tanks. 37 29.84%
No, I once did, but don't at this point. 6 4.84%
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do you use RO?

Bert H's recent thread about growing plants in hard water (liquid rock) got me thinking. Many people advocate using whatever comes out of the tap and adjusting your choice of organisms to match. Others have recommended all sorts of ideas to lower the hardness. From a practical viewpoint, RO is easier and more effective than many options. It can, however, increase the expense and workload associated with the hobby.

The use of RO/DI isn't universal in the salwater reef side of the hobby, but it is fairly common. I'm curious about what people here are doing in 2008.
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Do you use RO?

I answered no because I don't USUALLY use it. I have somewhat hard water, but I only keep fish/plants that can live and grow in that water. However, every once in awhile (maybe once every two months) I'll use RO instead of tap during my weekly waterchange, just to make sure I'm not building up any extra hardness.

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I use it for my blackwater Cryptocoryne setup.

I also use it for drinking water as I can't stand the taste of the chlorinated municipal water supply.
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Default Re: Do you use RO?

As the post Bryce refers to indicates, I do not use it. But if I had the mean$ and I could figure out a way to do it without a lot of lugging of water around, I would consider it.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Do you use RO?

Yeah, for most people the trouble of RO probably doesn't justify its use. The only way it works for me is that the unit dribbles into a float-controlled 105 gallon storage reservoir. I have that hard-plumbed to the 180g aquairum. If I actually had to carry buckets or hoses around I'd never bother with it. In fact, my 46g aquarium upstairs gets to have only fish and plants that do well in my hard well water (GH 20, KH 15). I suppose I could rig up a pump and a hose to get the stuff up through the floor, but ....... eh, on second thought..... I'll just stick with what comes out of the tap.
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Default Re: Do you use RO?

Use pure RO for all my tanks at home and wouldn't go back to tap water. My tanks at school that use it have far more algae and other problems (for various reasons; not just because of the water used). I do end up luggin 25l containers of it around but it's not too bad. I keep toying with rigging up a permanent solution but haven't got round to it yet.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've no need to use RO water since my water is naturally on the soft side, for which I am very thankful.
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Default Re: Do you use RO?

I will be using a RO-DI water since I got one for the reef tank. Now all that tanks will be on the softer side.
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Default Re: Do you use RO?

With a Kh of 3 and GH of 3 out of the tap I have no need for RO.
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Default Re: Do you use RO?

There's some advantage to having hardness in your water. I killed all my fish with CO2 after moving from a desert area with liquid rock to the rainy pacific northwest with water of 1 dKH. My fish died in an acid bath. Now that I know, I do small water changes, and seachem equilibrium and carbonate hardness to the water.

I'd rather have what I have than you guys have though, because I have control (when I know what I'm doing anyway. I could get by without testing kits before, now I regularly test my tank water).
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