Bottled water for Marine Tanks ?

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  1. Cassim

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    Hi there Fellow Reefers

    I am a newbie busy researching all aspects as to reef keeping. Staying in Newcastle makes life a bit interesting seeing that we have no LFS. So RO water will be a bit of a challenge. Could i use bottled filtered still water e.g. Nestle 5 Litre's that we find in supermarkets ?

    Thanks and Regards

    Cassim
     
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    would be cheaper to buy a RO unit
     
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    It will be much cheaper to buy a RO unit.
     
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    if you can get your hands on R.O water it would be the best. As far as i know A TDS reading of not more than 10 is recommended, however anything lower than 5 is highly recommended.

    If you go and look at labels on spring water bottles you will be amazed at the high TDS reading they offer. The lowest TDS reading i could find on spring water was 64. Do yourself a favour and go through some brands, and if i'm not mistaken nestle offered a reading well over 100. Check it out...i couldn't believe it.

    If that's the only water you can get your hands on, i suppose it would be better than tap water. Well that is at least here by me. My tap water read 144. IMO i would rather buy a RO unit and ship before i use any of the 2.
     
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    Thanks guys for the advice. Will pursue buying the RO unit instead...thanks
     
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    speak to marko - the waterboy. He is a sponsor on this forum will make you a good deal ;)
     
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    I agree, no bottled water - only use RO with TDS of 5 and less. Talk to Marco, our Waterboy, he is in Durbs and a sponsor on our forum. In the meantime, make friends with Chikaboo - he also stays in New Castle and regularly goes to Durbs.
    Send him a private message - he's a nice guy and I'm sure he will help you ;)
     
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    Posted nearly the same time :p
     
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    As soon as you ready to invest in the R/O we'll get hold of Marco and organise you but untill then you are welcome to come over and collect R/O from me ... you just need to have a super clean container .... dont keep anything inside except R/O and need to give me a few hours heads up as it takes awhile to filter it .... First lets decide what your "goal" tank is going to be ... open up a thread and throw us your ideas and lets get all these reefers minds working to put together an awesome setup for you ....
     
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    Hi im new to the marine world,just wanna know,if i use rain water to topup my tank? Is it ok? I have a 250l tank what % water change should be done? I live in pe and the guys at ultimate aquatics are guiding me just wanna get as much info as possible thx.
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    I doubt rain water s a good idea unless you living in some remote part of the world where there isn't going to be pollutants getting mixed up with the rain clouds ..... use R/O water much less headache in the long run .....
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    Nope, no rain water. Rather use RO water with TDS of 5 or less. You're welcome to start a thread in the new member's forum and introduce yourself to us - the guys will give you a nice welcome :)
     
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    i noticed that the cheaper brands of RO bottled water has the lower TDS.. Says TDS of <20. Valpre has a TDS of 94
     
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