Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Jonestown Pa. Pennsyltucky
RO/DI Water Filtration System HELP?
(small background: I have been a planted tank guy for many years with some good tanks and some really bad failures. I use to be a member here but gave up out of frustration. I continued helping other people set-up there tanks and making rock walls and plumbing and making designs for others and they have been very successful (which is great lol). Ok, so here are my water problems straight from the tap after using API Quick Start:
Phosphates >.5 ppm (wow!)
PH at 8.2, after air stone for 2 hours 6.4.
Iron 0 chelated and 0 non chelated.
So as you can see, my water supply sucks badly. I tested our bottled spring water (not drinking water) with same issues and had even tested our river that we get our water supply from with alot better resultsthinking I could filter my own water, what a pain that would be!
So now its down down to either chemicals (just to get the right water to start with) or RO/DI system. I have read in a post that RO systems do not remove phosphates (any one disagree? I hope so). If I can use an RO/DI system, which cartridge would be the phosphate remover? I am a huge seachem fan and have used there products from the beginning as well as the tanks I have set-up for others. If I can get pure water I planned to use the Equilibrium to get a great start. If anyone has had a problem similar or has any answers please let me know. I have spent a year setting up a 55 gal (Handscaping with moss coming soon to start the planting).
inline 300w heater
UV light 25w
6300 BML XB light
Co2 injection (20 lb bottle with human consumption CO2)
All hooked to the Neptune Apex system.
Substrate is dirt with clay with eco complete top with crushed eco complete (hand crushed to make a sandy top).
Thank you to all for any help.
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