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    Is ro water really needed for reefs?

    I get mixed answers on this topic. Is ro water a must for reefs or can tap or britta filter water work?

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    If your water is free of nitrates, phosphates, chlorine, copper, etc. then sure. Of course you'll always wonder if a problem you have is from your, or if it would have happened anyway.

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    We use regular tap water for our 110 gallon reef and it works just fine

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    This is how I think of it,
    you have $1500 into a 55 gallon reef setup.
    If you want to spend 8% more you get the assurance of RO-Di
    you can assure yourself that possible problem is not possible.
    Now for me I use vending machine RO it tests fine as long as they change the filters out,but for now 25 cents a gallon is fine(for now until I get more cash) for my meager $500 reef setup.
    If I was you I would spend the $120 then you have your CP and reef water

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    I use this stuff for my freshwater tank (mixed with regular tap water):
    http://www.petmountain.com/product/w...quel-plus.html

    http://www.petmountain.com/product/w...nditioner.html

    Will this remove enough junk from the tap for a saltwater setup? Or do I still need an RO system?
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    I wouldn't trust it seems like a lovely miracle product,most likely a bus load of random chemical binders that will cause eventual or instant problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm82792 View Post
    I wouldn't trust it seems like a lovely miracle product,most likely a bus load of random chemical binders that will cause eventual or instant problems.
    No, its for real, I use it on my freshwater tank and it does infact remove bad chemicals, metals, and other bad stuff from my tap water.
    I'm just wondering if it is ok to use on a saltwater tank.
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    It doesn't "remove" them. It binds them to make them less harmful or harmless.

    I know that stresscoat will make your protein skimmer go crazy, and that looks like it's probably similar to stresscoat.

    Reefs are expensive. When you're dealing with that much money, for animals that expensive, an extra 100 bucks for a bare-bones RO filter is nothing. I see it as buying a REALLY nice TV or computer, and then being too cheap to get the extended warranty for an extra 50 bucks. You're going to regret it whenever you need it, but didn't buy it. If you get an algae bloom, or your coral starts to go downhill, or you can't get something to really take off, you're always going to question if it's the water, or if it would have happened anyway. Always wonder if it's the copper pipes :P

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