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I know some of you use RO water to get softer water.
Question is, what are your methods to get the RO water into your tank? Please include detailed steps as how to do this. I'm sick of LA tap!
 

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I have a 80g container in my garage that my RO filter pumps into overnight. Prior to turning on the RO unit I fill it 1/2 way up with tap water. I then turn on a powerhead that constantly agitates the surface area (to get all the gases, etc, out over night as well), and add Prime at the same time. By morning (or after work the next day) it is filled up with 1/2 tap and 1/2 RO.

I then have a Rio pump with hosing attached to it that I fill up my tank with. Heaters are also essential if it is kept in the garage (like mine).
 

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This was a method that I strongly thought about.

What is the PH out of your tap, and what is it after the 50/50 mix?

Also, my RO unit is attached to the faucet and the fridge. Where would I have to cut so that I can get the water to the container? I was thinking about cutting the line that goes to the faucet and use a Y connector with valves to control the flow. You know where I can find a 1/4" valve?
 

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i do all my water changes with city water, and it top off with RO, I pick it up at the LFS. I have a Tunze osmomat that tops off my water from a 5gal bucket under my tank~.. i just fill the bucket~.. the tank stays at a constant level. <<no lid

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pphx459 said:
This was a method that I strongly thought about.

What is the PH out of your tap, and what is it after the 50/50 mix?

Also, my RO unit is attached to the faucet and the fridge. Where would I have to cut so that I can get the water to the container? I was thinking about cutting the line that goes to the faucet and use a Y connector with valves to control the flow. You know where I can find a 1/4" valve?
my tap water is 8.5 or so coming out of the tap, but it falls quickly over night. I think the 24 hour later pH is 7.2. The RO water doesnt really help the pH that much (or KH since it is 1 here anyway). I just use RO water because of all the other crap in the tap water system (TDS's, Chloramine, etc). 1/2 crap is better than all crap :)

Home Depot should have the 1/4" valves in the plumbing section (they also keep RO units there). However, I think I had a RO tube not fit in one of theirs before, so test it out prior to cutting any vital lines, if possible. Make sure your container isn't too far away from the RO unit though. The further it has to push the water the slower the output will be. the same goes for any Ups and Downs in the tubing on the way. No matter which way you go, do your research first and make sure that everything is compatible with the setup you are aiming for!
 

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My mix is slightly more RO than tap.

I mix it all the night before in a 32G trash can and pump it up into the aquarium after draining out the water change water.

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Thanks for the info. I just doubled checked the r/o system that is under the sink and it leads to a small drum. What is that drum used for? Also, I just read taht for every 1 gallon of r/o water, 4 gallons are wasted. Where does this water go?
 

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the wasted water should have a tube running either to your sink drainage or outside somewhere. Mine just runs into my ally. If you ever consider keeping Cichlids or other fish that like Hard water, you can run the waste line to a 2nd bucket/container and use that when doing water changes... hard water fish love it!
 

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pphx459 said:
Thanks for the info. I just doubled checked the r/o system that is under the sink and it leads to a small drum. What is that drum used for? Also, I just read taht for every 1 gallon of r/o water, 4 gallons are wasted. Where does this water go?
That drum is the storage tank that has a floater valve so it stops when full of purified water. Extra water goes down the drain.
 

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Thanks for the information. Do you think I can direct the line into a large container instead of the drum? What happens when the drum is empty? No more water to drink, etc? The reason I ask is because after I fill up couple gallons of water from the sink, the drum becomes empty and the flow is greatly reduced.

Also, since I'm going to do a 50% water change soon, should I just fill the tank with pure r/o water since the remaining is hard tap water? Then the next week that I do a water change, I will just have to fill up with 50/50 water?
 
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