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Will this soften my water?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...84&pcatid=4484


Here is what one costumer said about it.

Great product. My water has a higher KH, PH, and GH than any of the 3 test kits I bought could read and I still get 15 gallons per filter. That brings it to about $1 a gallon, but because of the simplicity it is so much more worth it to use this than to buy RO water from the store.

The water is almost entirely pure when it comes from this, it actually comes out cleaner than reverse osmosis water. DI water, at least from this unit, is some of the cleanest water you can use. It does not use salt for ion exchange, so it isn't an overpriced "water softener pillow." It removes everything - nitrates, chlorine, sediments. Water comes out with 0 hardness, 0 nitrates, 0 chlorine/ammonia, 0 calcium, 0 phosphates.

The system even includes PH adjuster and RO/DI water treatment so you don't starve your fish of what they need (water can be too clean for an aquarium).

The best part is the simplicity. It takes two seconds to hook up to your faucet, you then run a tube similer in size to an airline tube directly to your aquarium and let it fill.

Great product that has saved me a lot of money. My fish and my plants are so much more healthier than they were before I found this product


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I'd think it would.
Drs. Foster and Smith seem to be fairly trustworthy, so the filter should do what it is advertised to do. I don't use one, but it seems that it should be good.

The only negative things i see is that it has "super-activated carbon", so it'll probably remove all the nutrients already in the tap water, along with any bad stuff. This can be good or bad depending on your fert list.
Also, it says it produces 25-125 gallons of pure aquarium water before it needs a new filter. If you have very high kH in your tap or have a large aquarium, you'll need new filters fairly regularly.

But overall, it seems like a good product and should work without any trouble. So to answer your question, yes, it should soften your tap water.

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No, that will not soften your water, that is just
a water filter you'll want one of these:

http://cgi.ebay.com/AQUA-SAFE-AQUARI...742.m153.l1262

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Craig- wouldn't removing all the heavy metals affect the TDS in the long run, though? I looked at the OP filter and wondered... DrF&S ad says it uses chemical media, though it doesn't say what (if it's only carbon, then NM...)





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It would lower the TDS some, but frankly that
contraption is junk and a rip off, its $40.
For another $40 you can get a real RO unit.

It is small, the "filter" would have to be changed
frequently given its size, and depending on how
hard and nasty the tap water is.

The chemical media is Electro-Right and pH adjuster.
(Insert sales pitch here)
Google those if needed and read up on it.
You don't want that mess in your tank.

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Good to know- I'd never even heard of that!

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I picked up one of these
http://cgi.ebay.com/AQUARIUM-RO-2DI-...742.m153.l1262

E bay is littered with H2O filters, looks like the same thing with a different sticker!

You can also make all sorts of soft water,,, but
it is just something else to learn,,,, 75% ro & 25% tap I made soft water and what I think
is a magnesium deficiency. but it is fun

As far as bang for your buck, I would pass on the Drs. Foster and Smith thing.
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No, that will not soften your water, that is just
a water filter you'll want one of these:

http://cgi.ebay.com/AQUA-SAFE-AQUARI...742.m153.l1262
That oe is awesome but my landlord will not let me mess with the plumming in my apartment. Someone on APC showed me this one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Portable-4st...QQcmdZViewItem

I really need something that can hooked and unhooked from the faucet. I found this one.

http://www.airwaterice.com/product/1..._DI_Added.html

But I think changing the water in my 29 and 10 gallon will push it to it's limit.


I am looking for one that would also work on a reef tank should I decied to set one up.

Thank you to all that responded.


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Will, the one I showed you, you can do as you
want with it, I do not have mine plumbed in,
I have a faucet connector on it, screw it to my
laundry tub sink and use just like using the python
fill thingy you screw to faucet.
Except it is connected to the RO unit.

Or you can get the kind of connector they are showing
you on the Dr F&S site.
Unscrew and store.

For $5 you can get the parts at any hardware
store to connect to the ice maker size hose
that come with the RO unit.

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You can get this for the unit to connect to faucet.
it is on that site, scroll down some.

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You can get this for the unit to connect to faucet.
it is on that site, scroll down some.
Ok thanks.


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Any RO or RODI can be hooked up to a faucet (with a faucet adapter kit). We have an undersink shut off supply valve that works well in apartments where people don't want to make and permanant changes to the plubing.

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Got a laundry room in your apt? I put a hose splitter (Y) on the water feed to my washer and attached the RO with the garden hose adapter that is an option for almost every RO unit out there, run the waste into the washer . Don't waste your money on those tiny things, they're not as efficient and will probably cost you more in the long run. The real deal is not so big that it can't be stuffed in a pantry or under the sink.
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