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post #11 of 14 Old 08-29-2012, 05:36 AM
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Are you sure it is a RO system not a water softener system? These are 2 different things and using RO for everything gets extremely expensive quickly. If not sure what the difference put simply water softeners use salt and RO systems use resin. Softened water isn't good for aquariums either as the minerals that make the water hard is replaced with stuff that doesn't form hardwater scale. I doubt the water for the sprinklers and outside spigot is filtered by your system as well. This is only done as an unknowing handy man special or unlicensed plumber work. Check your piping to the system you should have a line going outside before the system. Check the water's parameters before using it for you next water change best to start using it slowly like +5 gallons of the water per water change

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post #12 of 14 Old 08-29-2012, 07:44 AM
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Agreed on this, you can quickly crash a tank using the wrong water required for your fish.

A lot of in home RO systems have a built in TDS meter to show when the resin needs to be changed whereas water softeners do not. Water softeners usually need the salt replacing regularly so if someone in the house buys large bags of salt then it is likely a water softener.

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post #13 of 14 Old 08-29-2012, 08:06 AM
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I use python like device to vaccum the substrate in unplanted tank's as this is where the majority of dirt,crud,poo,etc collect's.
For just water changes,,I bought double disconnect's (Eheim) and enough proper size hose to reach the nearest door (25 ft in my case).
I ,attached disconnect which is same as disconnect's on my filter (Eheim) to one end of extra hose,and after shutting off the filter, closing top diconnect from return hose,attaching the disconnect and extra hose to the return on my filter,, I can then plug filter back in and water that normally return's to the tank,,now snakes across the floor and outdoors to water plant's, or whatever.
Got the idea from Photo of FX5 canister filter which has a drain feature.
I fill the tank back up with the python like device (aqueon water changer).
before this,, I used small submersible pump (100 gal per hour), with pre filter, and section of garden hose to drain water ,and sometimes still do ,,if I'm changing water in two tank's at once.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #14 of 14 Old 09-17-2012, 04:10 AM
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It seems not completely water modify from the container to me. Because there water is strained and removed from the container but not going back in the container. So, the title is incorrect may be.

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