I just recently discovered that my waste water is safe for fish!
I don't even need tap water conditioner. I wouldn't count on my findings though. Your water may be different. Anyway, I strung together several old siphon tubes to fill up a 100 gallon aquarium. It worked really well! The fish liked the gentle stream much more than the hose.
To find out if your waste water is safe, place a couple aquatic snails in a bucket full of it. If they are still alive after a couple of days, your water is probably safe to use on your fish. The next step is to actually test a fish, but it's probably unnecessary unless your fish require special water parameters.
I think I'll pass on the fish thing.....I don't want all that crap and heavy metals in my fish water.
how do you find out the ppm of your tap water.
Aquatic snails are supposed to be (at least the chinese mystery snail) a good indicator of water quality. The particular species I have closes up when the water isn't quite safe. I have my snails in that grey trash can all the time, and they are always out and about.
There is one thing you need to remember: my tap water isn't filthy to begin with. And my waste water, obviously, doesn't do my fish any harm. Therefore, I will use it because I don't have to use water conditioner to remove the chlorine. Of course I don't expect this to be constant, so I'll be wary of using it and will test it on my snails quite often And when the carbon block filters go, I think I'll know.
So I'm sure I'll save tons in water, but you never mentioned how much that unit ran you.
This is a REGULAR ro unit. The mod cost less than $10. The actual 50 GPD RO unit with 2.4 G tank cost $150 (with filters also). In fact, I spent about $174 for the unit, the modification, and a digital TDS meter. No, I am not shy to mention the cost
If you were thinking I spent alot of money on saving water, you're dead wrong. In fact, I will save money by saving water.
Why don't you go back and look at my pics again (if you even did.)
Anyway, the good news is that this is VERY simple to do, as others have pointed out. All you need is a long 3/8 (I think that's right) tube. Run it from the exhaust to wherever you want to put the water. Running that to an impression in the ground would make for a thriving pond . I mean seriously. You could have a pond with the water you're wasting (if you are wasting it.)
geez man, why the hostility?.. yeah, I looked at the pics, along with everything else in the thread. I was just thinking something this nice would be pricey. It's the first I've read about the subject. So you are indeed correct, I didn't understand. The construction on my new house starts in a week and a half, and a unit like this would make a great addition.
I guess I could've elaborated my comment a bit more, and asked more questions. But why beat around the bush? Anyways, you did a good job.. looks great.. well done. Thanks for sharing! Definitely gives me some ideas.
You're way more hostile than I am
This thread is to give people ideas on how they can use their waste water. I'm glad it's working for you
BTW, the mod isn't nice because I spent lots of money on it, but because I spent some time and had a goal. I custom-made several of the parts. If you get the basic idea, you can overcome the obstacles by being creative to somehow use your waste water. I'm not telling you how to do it , I'm just trying to give you a goal to attain.
If anybody does (has done) something like this I'd like to see! Please post some pics!