A Simple RO/DI hookup anyone can do...

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  1. nanoreefing4fun

    nanoreefing4fun Well-Known Member
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    I bought my ro/di water for my swt (saltwater tank) at the lfs (local fish store) for the 1st year I had my tank & always though (not being great at DIY projects) getting a unit & hooking it up could be a bit complicated.

    I see post about new members using tapwater & asking about faucet filters like the API Tap Filter, so I decided to create this post & show anyone new one very simple way to make your ro/di water.

    Here is what I did, the install was 2 minutes and I was off making my 1st 5 gallons of ro/di water for my sw tank.


    1. Get a simple Faucet Diverter Valve, screw it in - connect the hose. Your ro/di unit will have 3 hoses, one connects to the faucet, one goes down the drain (waste water - I make mine in the shower, you can use your bathtub or shower and never have to worry about overflows) the last hose goes into you container (good ro/di water), I use 5 gallon jugs.

    Here what this looks like...

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    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/chrome-faucet-diverter-valve.html


    2. Buy a ro/di unit... imo - if you are on a budget this is a value at $129 & the way to go over the API Tap Filter and much superior to any dosing product you add to your tapwater to "condition" it. For $30-40 more you can get even a nicer unit, 150 GPD is my choice as I can make up 5 gallon of ro/di in about 45 minutes and I like to make up enough to last me 3 weeks, I do 10% water changes per week & for me that takes 10 gallons a week.

    An ro/di unit will pay for it's self in less than a year... and possibly much less time if you drive to the lfs to get water weekly, you save gas & we all know when visiting the lfs we end up buying other things... :) , plus save your back !

    Here some links to some nice quality ro/di units...

    Air, Water & Ice - TYPHOON 5 STAGE RODI REEFKEEPER
    http://theh2oguru.com/reefkeepers-rodi/the-typhoon-reefkeeping-rodi-5-stage-with-asov.html
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    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/brs-4-stage-ro-only-system-75gpd-2.html

    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/brs-4-stage-value-water-saver-plus-ro-di-system-150gpd.html
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    http://www.tbaquatics.com/75-gpd-4-...with-autoshutoff-valve-1137.html#.VUzNsI5VhHw
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    If you have any question feel free to ask, lots of nice RS members will be willing to help you have success !

    Hope this helps someone :dance:
     
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  2. Haaileybop

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    Awesome post Nano. I was so horribly confused when I was setting up my ro/di unit. I had to nag my more handy fiance for like 2 weeks to set it up after I flooded the bathroom a few times...

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    Need a bump!


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    Just a bump :)

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    does anyone know if BRS will ship one of those to Canada? id love to use that instead of always having to connect and disconnect the way mine is now. great find Glenn.
     
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    great :bouncer:thanks Glenn.
     
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    My faucet had a pullout sprayer so I had to buy a new faucet in order to connect my dishwasher and RO/DI units.

    The new faucet wouldn't accept the adapters that came with the DW & RODI.

    I went back to Lowes and was told that faucet/aerator threads are not always the same. They sold me a $10 adapter. That was easy only because the faucet I had just bought was on display. Otherwise you need to measure well or take your faucet assembly apart and take it to the store.

    Because I had two different things to connect, I had to keep unscrewing the adapter from one adapter and screw it into the other. This became a nuisance so back I went to buy a second adapter for the adapters. Lowes no longer carried it and sent me to Ace which fortunately did have it in stock.

    I hope my experience was a rare one, but be prepared that you may have to go through something like this.
     
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    Smoker - I recently upgrade my bathroom faucet (20 years old) to a new Delta one from Lowes & I took my ro/di adapter with me to Lowes, as there are so many new faucets out there, I bought a $8 converter/adapter to go in my new Delta - worked like a charm. Lowes carries several adapters, good suggestion on taking the ro/di adapter with you.

    Thanks for sharing
     
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    All good info here!
     
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    I had mine set up in a guest bathroom (facet connection) but I'm getting bumped (for guests) and will finally have to set it up in the water closet in the garage - so any suggestions on how to connect the unit to either the water heater (in pipe, cold H20 pipe) or other cold pipes that go into the house?
     
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    I actually removed the normal aerator end of the faucet on the sink in the dressing area and replaced it with a BrassCraft 15/16-in X 27 Thread X 3/4-in Male Hose Thread Chrome Standard Adapter like this.....

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_396060-7290...entURL=?Ntt=faucet+aerators&page=2&facetInfo=


    No one uses this sink, so the RO unit sits in it and my water container sits inside a plastic tub in case of overflow.
     
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    :bump: for anyone interested &/or new to sw
     
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    I have the Air, Water & Ice - TYPHOON 5 STAGE RODI REEFKEEPER that Glenn shows in the first post. It is still running great 4+ years now.
     
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    :bump: for anyone interested
     
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    Bump for anyone new to saltwater and buying from local fish store or using tap...
     
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