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    A few equipment updates and questions

    As some of you may have seen on another thread, I had an outbreak of dinoflagellate algae. After researching and getting some help from others, I was able to combat it and it is 90% gone in my tank.

    One of the pieces I picked up was the innovative marine media reactor. http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalo.../view/id/2473/ I had my eye on it for a while and decided now I definitely needed to pull the trigger on it. I got the desktop version, rated for a 35 Gal tank. I have a 28 gallon so I felt I was good with this. It kind of fit in my Nano cube in the back skimmer chamber. I say kind of because the bracket is too big. The reactor itself fit perfectly but the bracket did not. I used some air tubing to hold it in place. It works great and after a few days I noticed a definite improvement in my tank and my water clarity. I want to get another one but it will not fit in the remaining chambers.

    Instead I am going to get one of these phosban reactors and hang it on back of the tank to run carbon. http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalo...t/view/id/482/ I should be good with that, the GFO and my skimmer.

    Next, I am thinking of an RODI unit. My tank is not near a water source so my question is, how would that work? Would I just plug the system up to my sink in the kitchen and then pour the water into a bucket and transfer it that way? Or does it have to be plugged into a unit near the tank in order to work?

    Also, with the GFO, do you guys feel the pellets or the dust version is better? Or does it not matter?

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    As far as gfo over the aluminum something or other based stuff it depends on who u talk to ive asked the same question before and got mixed answers I was gunna give seachem phosguard a shot when u set up the reactor with gfo u want a lil tumble if u tumble it to much it will turn to dust and be all in ur system u dont want that.. man reason im thinking of switching is the other stuff seams to be a lil cleaner to me but it does get hot when it first makes contact with water so u might want to rinse it before putting in the reactor if u go that route hope this helps a bit mabe someone else can chime in with a bit more insight on which product is better

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    And as far as the rodi goes I just fill buckets and then either use as top off or mix salt in them and I think walt still has a brs 4 stage for the black friday price of 130 I bought the other they had and it works great and cant beat saving 40 bucks on it

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    I just seen that today. I might have to swing by and get that from him.

    I just wanted to learn more about it first. If I need new filters for it, how often do they need changed out? Every few months or so? Is that something BRS sells?

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    By the way, thanks for your help on this gmguy

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    Brs has a nice little video series on rodi machines. Go to their page and check it out.

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    sweet thanks for the help guys. I will check it out.

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    The unit is 100% new as far as filters brs sells them the sediment will depend on how much sediment is in ur water but it has a pressure gauge so once it starts to drop change sediment filter the carbon block should last u somewhere between 6 months and a year depending on how much water u make the ro membrane should last bout 3 yr and the unit comes with a flush kit to help prolong membrane life the di resin is what u will have to change the most as soon as u see ur tds start to rise coming out of di cartridge change it im not 100% if the color changing resin comes with the value unit but there is also color changing resin which is another indicator that it needs change. And juice made a thread on how to combat tds creep that happens when first start ur unit up so I would also check that out so ur not burning through di resin...and no problem bud always willing when I can to help out

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    I seen juices thread and plan on reading up on it. I just seen the BRS videos too and I'm sold on getting it. Just gotta decide on the 75 gal or a higher one but I'd only need to change 5 gallons or so per week for my 28 gal cube so I think this one will be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CORALN00B View Post
    I seen juices thread and plan on reading up on it. I just seen the BRS videos too and I'm sold on getting it. Just gotta decide on the 75 gal or a higher one but I'd only need to change 5 gallons or so per week for my 28 gal cube so I think this one will be fine.

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    The 75 GPD one is all you really need. John is totally spot on with all the advice he has given. Using a RO/DI unit will make a huge difference in your water quality. I no longer trust the water made at LFS except for a couple, and it's much easier to to make your own water. I started out buying it all from LFS and that got really old with the amount of stairs I have to climb to get to my apartment. I make water when I am asleep and at work and use a float valve that can be purchased at BRS. It's AWESOME!!
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