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Do you need water conditioner for R/O water?

I been using water conditioner these whole time, but I don't even know if I need it. thanks
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Yes, some RO units don't remove chlorine/chloramine. Using it to err on the side of caution is probably smarter


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All right, I'll stick with it then. Thanks
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I have an R/O unit on my entire house. No need for conditioners. I have to add equilibrium for the plants and shrimp minerals and calcium for the shrimp and snails, but no conditioner. I am not sure how well the faucet units work. Those might be different.

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I guess it wont hurt to add some prime in your backup water bucket, even it is RO water
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I have an R/O unit on my entire house. No need for conditioners. I have to add equilibrium for the plants and shrimp minerals and calcium for the shrimp and snails, but no conditioner. I am not sure how well the faucet units work. Those might be different.
Are you on a well? I have been considering a large system because my well water is hard as rocks.
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You can buy the components online to make your own RO remineralization formula. I have been using it for over a year now and it works great. It is much cheaper than buying RO Right or other products. It slowly raises my TDS without any issues.

Here was the formula:

Powdered compound Grams needed
K2SO4 43.5
CaSO4 34.7
MgSO4 24.7
FeSO4 0.30
MnSO4 0.16
Total weight 103.3

This should give a percentage concentration that will do the job. The author of the thread is in the UK and found that the costs to do this were much higher making 100 grams almost 6 to 1. This cost about $1.25.00 for 100 grams, RO Right, about $3.50.

Here is the complete thread I found.

http://www.apistogramma.com/forum/in...ro-water.6147/
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You can buy the components online to make your own RO remineralization formula. I have been using it for over a year now and it works great. It is much cheaper than buying RO Right or other products. It slowly raises my TDS without any issues.

Here was the formula:

Powdered compound Grams needed
K2SO4 43.5
CaSO4 34.7
MgSO4 24.7
FeSO4 0.30
MnSO4 0.16
Total weight 103.3

This should give a percentage concentration that will do the job. The author of the thread is in the UK and found that the costs to do this were much higher making 100 grams almost 6 to 1. This cost about $1.25.00 for 100 grams, RO Right, about $3.50.

Here is the complete thread I found.

http://www.apistogramma.com/forum/in...ro-water.6147/
Is the remineralization for drinking purpose, since r/o removed all the good minerals along with the bad?
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No, it is for aquarium water to put some good balance back in for your fish. It also helps raise your TDS to a level you need for breeding (usually about 80 TDS).
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Great Article! Thanks!!!
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