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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-18-2019, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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RO water and wonder shells

Are Wonder Shells enough to remineralize RO water for a planted aquarium?

Im thinking of setting up an auto-water change system and something that slowly dissolves vs using something I have to dose, like Equilibrium, seems more attractive.

I'm already using RO and equilibrium and it works fine but I am changing water using the old bucket-brigade style system. This works well for a 30 gallon, but I'm stepping up aquarium size and want to move towards auto-changing my water.

Any thoughts or advice?
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Then buy a dosing pump to automate your dosing as well.
Anything slowly dissolving in practice means you have no control over the end result. And also means that after each water change your water parameters will fluctuate.
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I've used wonder shells in a few of my tanks and they are capable of dissolving very quickly when minerals are low and can last a long time when minerals are good. That being said I bet it would be more cost effective to automate dosing equilibrium with an auto feeder or something than buying wonder shells to keep up with auto water changes on a tank over 30 gallons. Just my 2 cents.

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Perhaps he/she will have the auto water changes set to run continuously.
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Then buy a dosing pump to automate your dosing as well.
Anything slowly dissolving in practice means you have no control over the end result. And also means that after each water change your water parameters will fluctuate.
[Thanks for the idea Oso. I was actually investigating that after I posted and it seems to be the best route to go. This way I can ATW a set amount on schedule, and then dose both ferts and re-mineralizations accordingly after afterwards.

I guess in the goal for me is to have as much of the maintenance of this tank to be as hands-off as possible as both a convenience and fun project.
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Itís easier to use equilibrium or similar that dissolves quicker when prepping your water. Once you get water change volume/ritual set you simply make a chart to hang on wall and quickly dump Exact amount needed to remineralize to your specs, let it dissolve/equalize for a few hours and change water. No waiting around for a block to eventually dissolve enough into water.
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