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reverse osmosis in planted aquarium?

I was discussing the local water with a local shop owner and he was telling me how he uses ro water in all his fresh water tanks. I have an RO unit from my salt days and I ran it a little to check the water. The PH read 6.0 as opposed to 8.6 from the tap. I understand that RO strips nutrients. Any experiences with this??? My ph 7.2 , pHOSPHATE 5, NITRATE 5, GH 53.7, kh 53.7
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Are the parameters posted what you are getting from the RO water??? If so there might be a dirty filter or something. You should be getting GH and KH at 0 ppms.

BTW I use RO water in my planted tank. You just need to add back nutrients.


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SORRY FOR NOT BEING TOTALLY CLEAR... These are my current readings in the tank . I have not yet begun to use RO water.
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you don't need RO. GH/KH is pretty soft. 5ppm PO4 is a little high but won't necessarily cause any problems.


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yeah, I noticed my phosphates go up after I used A marc Weiss product called Amazon ??? It's like a Black water extract.
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I would ditch that product.


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Totally agree. If you read the label it sounds like a miracle cure all. Back to fluorish

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If you read the label it sounds like a miracle cure all.
LOL. that's what snake oil is capable of, right?


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I hate that stuff, I still want my 30$ back from 15 years ago when they claimed it's grow weeds and cure algae, it has never done a thing.
Snake oil if there ever was some.

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Just for fun I went to his website and found a product called Immuno-Vital Freshwater. How's this for a laugh!:

http://www.marcweissco.com/Immuno-Vi...Freshwater.pdf

My favorite is

"Enhances beneficial microbes that compete with disease organisms"

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"facilitates transport of Oxygen to cells"...

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"facilitates transport of Oxygen to cells"...
[SARCASM] sure it does! it creates a new system of tubes and pumps called a "circulatory system" that transports Oxygen to the cells and wastes away. That stuff is an absolute miracle of science! I honestly don't know how fish survive without this newfangled "circulatory system" thing.[/SARCASM]

at least it doesn't claim to protect the fish from the ever vigilant "free radicals"

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Back to RO water,
I'd not bother unless you have high Cu or arsenic etc.
Some fish and breeding might provide a reason, but plants don't give a hoot as a rule. Over many years, I've run into 2-3 x where folks actually warranted their use. That is out of many 1000's of folks. It's extremely rare and mostly related to Cu levels in their tap and one or two cases where they used salty well water.

Why take nutrients out and then add it back again?
Seems like you just want to make more work for yourself without any gain.
RO water taste good, that's what mine is for, to heck with the plants:-)

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Thanks for your honesty. as I said I just had the Ro unit hanging in the garage and the guy at the shop swears thats the way to go. I am definetly not looking to install a fifth wheel on my system.

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[SARCASM] sure it does! it creates a new system of tubes and pumps called a "circulatory system" that transports Oxygen to the cells and wastes away. That stuff is an absolute miracle of science! I honestly don't know how fish survive without this newfangled "circulatory system" thing.[/SARCASM]

at least it doesn't claim to protect the fish from the ever vigilant "free radicals"

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I'm really sold on this stuff!!! I want to buy a 55 GAL drum and sell it as " Aquaphish's Magic Tonic". Directions will read: Simply add a few drops into the tank to improve the Circulatory system of you fish!!! Then add a few to your scalp and rub in well to stimulate and Oxygenate your scalp for a new beautiful new head of hair!!!

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Thanks for your honesty. as I said I just had the Ro unit hanging in the garage and the guy at the shop swears thats the way to go. I am definetly not looking to install a fifth wheel on my system.
Let him swear all day long while you quietly bring in lots of plants in the hard foul tap water. It'll kill him.

I do it all the time, saltwater also. Really burns them.
Then they see the nice aquascape as well.

Use the RO for drinking water, get some good use out of it.

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