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    I hate bugs. Carnivorous plants get me. jpappy789's Avatar
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    Portable RO unit for an apartment??

    Curious if anyone has used any of the "portable" RO units out there marketed for RVs/Campers and such with their CPs. I generally only go through about 2-3 gallons of water a week so wondering if it would A) even be economical and B) if these are efficient enough for CP growing. Since I am renting, I can't mess with an under-the-counter unit.
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    I don't know the exact units you are referring to but mine is able to be hooked up via faucet with an adapter or under the sink. I live in a condo and can't do the undersink either. I have it hooked up to a "quickchange" adapter so I can either wash dishes in the sink or just switch the knob and it will send the water over to the R/O filter. If I ever wanna take the R/O filter off I just unscrew the quick-change attachment from the faucet and screw the faucet aerator back on and nobody is the wiser. LOL

    My R/O is 75 gallons per day (fills a 5 gallon pail in 2.5 hours) and 3 stage filtration: sediment, charcoal and R/O membrane.

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    Interesting, which unit do you use?

    I was referring to ones like these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/PORTABLE-REV...-/130474748446
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apartment-Rv...item41534fbc38
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    Yeah those look OK. I would get the first one and just supply my own bucket or sterlite bin for water collection.

    Mine is Captive Purity brand from Marine Depot so sold for a reef tank enthusiasts so mine was about double those prices back in 2004 or so.

    Before you buy any look around and see how much the replacement cartridges are for the units. Mine are so high I may as well buy a whole new R/O unit each time. I need to invest in a whole new setup someday with cheaper replacement bits.

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    That was going to be my next question for anyone using a smaller RO unit. Definitely will have to factor in replacement cartridges.
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    These seemed to be recommended on a reef forum, and the replacements are not very expensive compared to others...

    4 stage: http://www.purewaterclub.com/catalog...roducts_id=324

    4 stage including DI: http://www.purewaterclub.com/catalog...roducts_id=246

    Any reason to get DI? They're the same price, the first just has another GAC filter. Not a large difference in replacement price either.
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    My question is whether or not it is worth the money for only 2-3 gallons a week. I had been going to a fairly large aquarium store and buying RO water at 50 cents a gallon. It was a half hour drive each way and I had to supply my on bottles. But when I was only using a small amount of water it was worth it to go once a month.
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    I live in an apartment and I use this
    http://www.purewaterclub.com/catalog...ba9be3cfbc00ee

    It filters 350ppm down to about 3. Totally worth it
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