Skip to main content

New Ro Unit

Now that i am really getting involved in this hobby i thought it was time to purchase a RO unit.
I found posted on one of my favorite forums, that i could get one at a very recession beating price. I was a little sceptical about this purchase, but the company i got this from gave a very efficient and reliable service. There is a saying though, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. This was not the case. This equipment is from abroad and is very good quality. The only draw back is the fact that the labeling and branding is in Spanish. But to compensate the instructions are English and the after sales help is great.

This unit will help in my quest to save money and time. I will no longer need to make regular trips to my local fish shop saving fuel and those sneaky purchases when funds are tight. Having calculated the cost of mixing my water also saves money.

This weekend is the time for installation, I always wanted an outside tap and RO unit so my uncle is coming to help me install both these together in the garage. Because the unit is going in the garage my thoughts have told me to insulate the unit, So i will be mounting this unit on the wall with a insulated cabinet surrounding it. Just need to get my self a TDS meter.


The unit is now up and running in my garage, It is great. I had a problem with the installation because of the fittings supplied. But a quick trip to B and Q's plumbing section i found the appropriate fittings to get from the standard 12mm copper piping, down to the 8mm ball valve union fitting supplied with the RO unit. I thought this to be a better option than the self piercing units commonly used.


Popular posts from this blog

Understanding evaporation and top up

Many new Reef Keepers get confused and stuck when it comes to topping up water in their Reef Aquarium. It is really simple and easy to understand. It doesn't need to get confusing.

Evaporation happens continuously, many new hobbyists start by adding Freshly mixed saltwater then end up with a really high salinity. You have to think of your water as two elements, in fact it is. Salt and Reverse osmosis water. Salt cannot evaporate because it is a solid and solids don't evaporate. Therefore as the water evaporates, the salt remains in the Aquarium, which in turn increases your salinity. From this you should have worked out that Top up/RO water should be added.

If your Aquarium is left for a few days or more the salinity will rise rapidly, which is why it is important to top up daily if possible.

When carrying out a water change, because you are removing the mixed salt water your are removing both elements, salt and RO water. All that is required now is a fresh saltwater mix that…

The Reef Aquarium With Low Magnesium - What Can Happen?

Hopefully you will understand that keeping corals is a huge responsibility and can become very expensive to yourself and the environment. Corals are very interesting animals and unless you are willing to nurture them properly, you should find another hobby.

After checking the usual, Salinity, Nitrate and Phosphates. You should be checking Magnesium, Alkalinity and Calcium. These three parameters are very important when keeping short polyp stony,and long polyp stony hard corals, SPS and LPS respectively.

So what effects will low magnesium have on your reef aquarium?

You will find it very difficult to maintain high alkalinity and calcium levels if magnesium is low.

Corals will slow in growth and will cause some corals such as Duncans and torch corals to recede, and in some cases die. You may as many other reefers do, think you have something unseen and/or unheard of eating your corals, because branching heads or receding one by one. Don't get fooled by this, it more likely be the cas…

New V2 Auto top up from TMC

After needing an auto top up unit for some time, with quite high costs for a unit that function seems very minimal. I have always been put off until now. Whilst reading ultra marine I saw a review and advertisements for the TMC V2 auto top up and more surprising is it's very affordable price tag. After further investigation it seems to have really good reviews on forums and blogs. I have to say it is a real good, easy to set up and cheap unit that functions perfectly. This should give me more stability and time to enjoy the aquarium.I will in a few weeks report back any improvements that it will hopefully make.