Originally Posted by somewhatshocked
Let me try hard not to do vendor reviews...
For RO/DI, there are two retailers I would consider: Air Water Ice and Bulk Reef Supply. I have systems from both and they have good resources and occasional deals. Both provide customer service.
If you want to go cheaper, purewaterclub on fleabay is a source to consider. Just don't expect super-high-end or customer service. It can be frustrating if you aren't familiar with RO/DI systems and aren't keen on DIYing. I have one of these for home use and it's fine for shrimping.
Just search the forum or read up elsewhere a bit to get an understanding of 75/100 gallon per day units so you know what you're getting.
Since you're in Sac, shipping from somewhere like Aqua Forest Aquarium in SF for Amazonia would be fast and cheap. That is, if you don't have access to it locally. Pet Zone in San Diego is also another retailer in your state that has Amazonia and Controsoil.
If you really want to do a kit, you could consider options like the Spec line from Fluval. $75ish - $100ish for the Spec V (5.5ish gal). There's a 16gal version for $150-$160. And they make a 9gal horizontal bowfront called the Flex for about $100. There are other manufacturers, of course, but these are easy to modify for shrimp.
The Spec V is probably what I would go with. The revamped version has lighting decent for plants and the filtration unit looks better than the old one. Only two small modifications necessary for shrimp and they take all of 60 seconds to make.
But since you already have a 10gal, why not use it? All you need is a filter, lighting & a cover if you don't have one. Aquaclear or sponge filter setup would cost about $25-$30 for either. Lighting is cheap if you don't already have it. That's the route I would go. Cheap for the win! The 10gal will also be easier to scape.
I'm planning for a Spec V because I want a cleaner, all-in-one setup for my kitchen counter. Even though I have all the components to put together a nice system today, I'm after aesthetics.
Thank you for this!
I have seen alot of good things about the Bulk Reef Supply brand. I think that is where I should buy from. I am sure can get cheaper by buying DIY. But, I would rather not. I would rather have customer support to hold my hand if need be. I think the 75 gallon per day should be more than enough; but, will look at my options and read up. have done some reading already. But, slow going to digest when you first start to research something-- at least for me. I think you had recommended a six-stage on an earlier post. Looks like I will need this one in the 75 or 100 GPD.
The Amazonia I'll order from Aqua Forest. I ordered from them a few times before for various things.
I think that, because I am investing more in an R/O unit than budgeted, that I may need to just use my 10 gallon. Like you say, already have most of what I need for it. I think I even have an Emperor Biowheel filter out there I can use and not even need to get a filter. I dont need a heater, right?
So, already have tank, lid, light, air-pump and possibly filter.
Just need: Amazonia, R/O unit, and shrimp!
Oh my, a new tank?!? There is no cure for you :-)
One thing to consider with AIO set-up are shrimps getting into the overflow.
[I will not mention it, but I do have everything for your new adventure, including bags of new AS ...]
Oleg, Im terrible. (Red face)
You must tell me what you have that are willing to part with. But! You must allow me to pay for whatever this is you are referring to!