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Reverse Osmosis Unit recommendations

I'm looking to buy a RO unit, but theres so many out there its hard to choose. Anyone have any recommendations or opinions on them?

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I just literally just got done installing my spectrapure 25gpd RO/DI unit. got it from that place in south dakota, aquariumplants.com or something. dropshipped from the manufacturer built when you order them. install was easy even though I hardlined alot of it in but all in all it works great, easy to adjust and well it works just fine.
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These guys have really good ones. A lot of reefers use them. http://www.thefilterguys.biz/ro_di_systems.htm
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Look for volume that you need daily first. This will dictate the price bracket that you will be looking in. From there, find the cheapest unit. You can always buy "better" filters later, but the units all do the same thing. Check ebay. There are some big sellers there at very reasonable prices.

Also consider if you need a pressurzed storage tank.


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i know what GPD i need. just looking for a model or brand that is decent where im not replacing cartridges every couple of months. theres so many out there, just wanted to see what everyone else is using!

and another thing, how does everyone store their water? drums, tubs, tanks?

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Bought mine here http://www.buckeyefieldsupply.com/
Happy with customer service and quality.

I store my water in a rubbermade brute trash can.

Good luck with your choice,
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just looking for a model or brand that is decent where im not replacing cartridges every couple of months.
Like I stated earlier, the life of the cartiriges is based on the usage. The more you use them, the more they need to be changed. Buying in bulk is usually a good idea since it does sve money. Most filters, with average use, will last about a year with the exception of the RO membrane which is usually replaced 3 to 6 months.

Most of the upfront cost is for the housing unit itself, so feel free to shop shop shop. Find the most inexpensive body you can. They all do THE SAME THING.

Do not be swayed by the labels and marketing. They are all the same and do the same thing.

I use a pressurized storage tank, but I am probably going to upgrade to a barrel soon.

I got mine here.


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These guys have really good ones. A lot of reefers use them. http://www.thefilterguys.biz/ro_di_systems.htm
I second these guys. I asked a bunch of questions and they really helped me out. I went with the OCEAN WAVE+ FIVE STAGE and am very pleased with it
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I use this for quite some time..

http://filterdirect.com/

Pricing on eBay is typically much better.
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I bought mine from airwaterice and really like it. Also try bulk reef supply since they have really good prices
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Where are you guys installing this?
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Where are you guys installing this?
in your house water line, to produce water to fill the tank.
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I love my Typhoon III from airwaterice! Great for planted, reefs, and drinking water. The free TDS meter is great for peace of mind too.

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Most filters, with average use, will last about a year with the exception of the RO membrane which is usually replaced 3 to 6 months.
That's wrong. The RO membrane lasts 1-2 years, depending on usage of course (about twice as long as your filters). The membrane is the most expensive part other than the housing, and it would be uberexpensive to have to replace 2-4 times annually at 40 bucks a pop!

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Where are you guys installing this?
Under the sink.
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I have mine under the sink and connect it to the faucet when I need water
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Why do some of you prefer purchasing private branded RO Systems versus name brands like Coralife, GE, Kenmore, or Whirlpool? My biggest concern would be what happens if the private branded RO system you purchased is discontinued.

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