reverse osmosis question

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    I have a RO system under my sink at home that I bought from rainsoft. Can I use this water to top off my tank. Is there a difference between ro and ro/di? I have not used it and noticed it looked almost identical to my local petstores system that they use to make water I m constanly buying? am I waisting my money using there water when I can use mine?
     
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    RyanG ^*Eternal Dumbass*^

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    The RO water should be A-Ok grab a TDS meter and check it against water that doesnt go through your system. Say from the bathroom sink. Im not versed in Total Dissolved Solids numbers you might have to search and find out what is an acceptable number.
     
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    should be ok give it a test though to make sure
     
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    Most RO units will bring the TDS of tap water down by around 90%. Adding the DI component brings the TDS of tap water down by around 99%. What is considered "good" TDS is relative to where you're coming from. Here in Tucson, where tap water tests out with a TDS of 400+, getting it down below 50 is considered a success. My RODI unit at home brings my tap water (at 400+) down to below 10, and that sounds great to me. The closer to 0 you can get it, the better.
     
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    An under the sink model will work fine except that you will need to drain the storage tank several times a day and store up the water to use as needed (or slip a hose over the filtered water faucet and run it to a large storage container). In most parts of the country calcium levels are only in the 100 to 250 ppm range and you can expect to remove around 95% of all calcium and higher percentages of other solids. For most reefers RO water is sufficient. There are areas like the Southwest where DIO filters are pretty much needed in addition to an RO filter. All producers of water who sell that water as potable water must have the water tested so your regular water supplier will tell you what the residual hardness is as well as what heavy metals are present. If these levels are high then a DIO filter can be readily added to your system for around $50 retail (parts wise). Expect about 20 to 25 gallons a day (per 24 hours) of water from a typical under the counter model with small tank and faucet. Here in Fairbanks, Alaska the use lime softening to lower the calcium level down, by overloading the water with calcium and thereby causing precipitation of calcium. It gets the calcium hardness down to around 125 ppm but the total dissolved solids is still 350 to 375 ppm. The RO I use gets it down to around 10 and the DIO gets it down to a zero reading of total dissolved solids.
     
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    Were do I get a TDS tester. is that something sold at a petstore?

     
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    I got mine off ebay.
     
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    Foster and smith or marine depot will have them. Maybe your LFS will be able to order one for you or you could check at a water store like culligan etc.
     
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    I got one off of Ebay for $25. It has a digital thermometer built in too.
     
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    I in general do not do any shopping on ebay. Probably miss some bargains, but I also miss some hassles and bad services. I try to find some good realiable sources/dealars and support them rather than shop every where or a lot of different places. I like private bussinesses, but they are getting scarce anymore. To much ebay and the like, such as PETCO and Walmart.
     
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    I've never had a problem with anything I bought on ebay. If it saves me some cash I read the reviews and then decide.
     
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    Like I said I try to pick a few good places and support them so that they remain in business. I believe that can be more important than saving money all the time. Money is easy to make, but good retailers that treat you well and stand behind what they sell are almost priceless. I can easily figure not smoking cigarettes, or drinking or doing drugs, alone easily makes up for any savings I lose by not shopping at ebay or discount houses generally. This is a personal choice I make, what others find is right for them or why might be different from what I, at my later age, now find makes me feel best about myself.
     
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