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    Sobey's RO Water

    The LFS informed me that the local Sobeys and Superstore (local equivalent of loblaw's) sells RO water... can anybody see any problems using the water purchased from these stores for my tank ? Anything I should look for or dbl check on the label ?

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    not that I know of... I'm pretty sure your safe.

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    I actually buy my water from Loblaws.
    They have a refill machine. I bring the jugs, and refill them myself.
    I can choose from RO, and RO/DI..

    $2.99 for 5 gallons.

    They make mucho $$$ off me.

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    Unless you have a nano.. the price we invest in our systems, you can get an RO or RO/DI for ~200$. Heck, that's the price of a couple of corals..

    The only thing is to keep an eye on TDS (Total Disolved Solids) from these units as they might not be maintained as well as they should..

    You could buy a TPW (if they don't leach back into the water) and pass that water through it for a good polishing.. if the water's good, your TPW cart will last for ever...
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    Oh, and you could spend even less maybe on some RO only units.

    Then, there's also the water filter that reeferboy's using from Home Depot for like 30-40$, which he passes tapwater through. Low low low cost, and no waste water. Oh and no lugging of water from the grocery store! Save on gas!
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    SPS, LPS, softies, many clams & 14 fish
    main: 250w AB DE HQI x 3, 5' x 3 VHO actinic - trough: 400w venki

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    I'm currently using distilled water that I get for $4.00/jug (it's one of those large water cooler jugs...18 gallons I think). As I mentioned in another thread about water, the Quickie on the corner recently devoted a large section of the stord to a water purification facility. Seems to be pretty good, no complaints so far.

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    can you fill me in on that water setup reeferboy ? I'm assuming the tap water here would'nt be too bad to start off with since it's not a big city....

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    Hey Bristle,

    I'm using those same jugs.. (18 Liters / 5 gallon).

    The reason I havn't installed the RO/DI unit here is because I'm renting where I am right now, and don't have a water hookup downstairs where the aquarium is...
    Although I have devised a method that will work in the interim, and will be getting an RO/DI unit shortly.

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    Yeah, sorry, 18 litres, not gallons

    I'd like to install an RO/DI, but with the tank at the office, I would imagine that everyone else would drink it all on me, wash their dishes with it, water plants with it, etc.

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    Just a basic 1 stage filter from home depot with the best filter they have. (carbon then ceramic)
    Works amazing so far. Since I started using it I have had no diatoms and the colors of the purple acro's have been more vibrant.
    I am downtown Ottawa so I think the water quality is quite good as it is.
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