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idk what that is but i ended up going with [link]
hopefully it works out. idc if it takes like all day to fill my bucket i can just get it ready the day before the water change.
idk if the wastewater ratio matters, how would it? i don't pay for my water so if that's the reason it's fine.
But yeah there's no way i could afford one of the more expensive ones, even this was tough for me.
I use this ro unit Aquatic Life RO Buddie Three Stage Reverse Osmosis, 100-Gallon [link]
I usually get a tds of 11 and the other parameters as stated above. So what's yo with mine? I'm about to buy new filters for it., would that help?
I may save up for it in the future, but it's not an option right now. The water is good most of the time, but it gets bad for about 2-3 months after corn is planted... probably a month and a half to go till it cleans up.
EDIT: Actually I went ahead and bought this one.
I got the 100 gpd which is about $90. It's not cheap, but I thought they were several hundreds of dollars.
I EXCLUSIVELY used this for my grow so it's literally brand fucking new. It's "slow" so I filled a large 60 gallon container up and use water from there (I add a bit of hydrogen peroxide to the water occasionally) to keep it clean.
RO Buddie!!! 100 GPD UNDER $90!!
This is an excellent and affordable unit!!!
Aquatic Life RO Buddie Three Stage Reverse Osmosis, 100-Gallon [link]
Of course you may purchase it wherever you may like, but go with this. There are upgrades you can buy for it as you see fit.
This is very helpful. Thank you very much. What do you mean by TDS? If I use an RO filter, will I need to dechlorinate still?
I'm also confused as to to why it says it's "rated" for 50 gallons. It seems to me like it's all very dependent on other factors. This is the product I'm talking about, for reference.
I bought this cheap RODI system. I have had an easier time growing with pure water.
If you could collect enough.
I use this RO filter, only $63.84:
Aquatic Life RO Buddie Three Stage Reverse Osmosis Deionization Unit 100 GPD
by Aquatic Life USA
If you live in a city with hard water, with a high TDS (total dissolved solids), then use distilled. I looked at my city's water report and noped out of using tap pretty quickly. purified, or spring is probably ok, but I've found distilled to be cheaper and it is just water, no salts added like a lot of purified water, and spring water can actually be as hard as your tap, just depending on the brand. I also use distilled for a ultrasonic humidifier for my Martha. The downside of this is plastic bottle waste, and cost over time. My next purchase will be an ro/di unit like this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DOG64FM/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_V4ymFbQMDFFZV
It will get water down to about 3ppm TDS and no chlorine. But there is the issue of waste water there too. I'm going to try to water my garden with the waste water, but I don't know if that will work.
But yeah, distilled is the answer. Or RO/DI depending on your own cost/benefit ratio.
Water filtered using reverse osmosis! It removes almost everything from the water, including anything that might be harmful to your aquarium. An RO Buddy is a cheap way to start with it. Here's the link https://www.amazon.com/Aquatic-Life-Reverse-Osmosis-100-Gallon/dp/B00DOG64FM
This is the cheapest unit, but cartridges are small and have to be changed frequently, and they are expensive, comparing to Home Depot RO units (I switched to Watts after RO Buddie).
You will need chloramine prefilter to keep the most expensive cartridge working for a longer time. Here is their article with explanations why.
It can make 50 gal per day, in the winter even less, when water is cold. They also make 100gpd unit.
These are popular in the community and have a lot of positive reviews:
That'll do it in about 4 hours
Haha. Have you tried pH Down or apple cider vinegar? Investing in a good RO system is also never a bad idea.
RO is Reverse Osmosis there are lots of places to get one, Amazon has them. This is overkill for your current collection size unless you really hate buying distilled water from the store.
Been using this one for a year with good results: [link]
Just a personal grower (not a nursery), with a decent sized collection. I did the buy water at store and cart it home for awhile, but as my collection grew and I was buying 10 gals every run and only getting a week or so out of it, I needed other options. I foolishly purchased a water distiller which was more expensive than what I will recommend below, and took 2-3 hours to make a gallon. I then started looking at ro filters but did not want an under the sink unit. So I purchased one of these: [link] I put the whole unit in a 5 gal bucket and also got one of those beer brew buckets (with a drain spigot/hole in the lid) for my reservoir. It makes a gal every 10-12 minutes with my water pressure. I get TDs readings of 0 and after using for a year daily my filter is still good. I purchased a sink/hose adapter and run it out of a spare bathtub in the winter months. If you get one don't forget to order a roll of the tubing/hose for it. Think one of the reviewers tells you what to get, probably in the " frequently purchased with this item list". One thing to keep in mind is that for every gallon of r/o water you make there are ~5 gallons of waste water produced. You can give it to less sensitive (non carnivore) plants or flush it down the drain (what happens with the under sink units). Something to keep in mind if you are in a drought area with water restrictions.