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20L AIO build -365 Day All-in-One Nano Reef Challenge

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spectra
1 hour ago, seabass said:

Arguably, SpectraPure makes the "best" filters: https://spectrapure.com/collections/filters/Quantity_Filter-Kits

You can usually pick them up on Amazon too.

 

However, recently I've switched to Bulk Reef Supply: https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/bulk-reverse-osmosis-filters-systems/reverse-osmosis-filters.html

They are still quality filters, and depending on your municipal water supply and your needs, they can be a less expensive alternative.

 

BRS unit or just the filters ?

3 minutes ago, devaji108 said:

Just FYI petco is doing there $1 per gallon sale Ilike to used the 10 gal tanks for ATO yes. its 10 bucks and get a piece of glass cut for a lid with the corner cut off a bit  for the pluming  like maybe 5 bucks and you have a nice ATO that looks better that a trash can & 100% reef safe!

 

I also like the BRs filters I use them on my spectra pure RODI unit. the most expensive part is the RI membrane the other stuff is not to bad.

they do offer a pkg deal worth looking into.

depending on the quality of the unit and how much work it needs also might be cheaper in the long run to get a new one? worth running the numbers hopefully its just a few news filters and your off to the races and making water.   

I run a spectrapure unit also what filters do you get ?

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waldoz

I have not actually heard of this company. They are still open and I can get the pdf manual.  What are your guys thoughts?  I figured we get the tank cycling and worry about it later. 

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I think the top filters are add on, but I am not sure.

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Here is the link. -----> RD-102

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seabass
48 minutes ago, spectra said:

BRS unit or just the filters ?

Just the filters.  My unit is made of mostly SpectraPure parts.  However, I don't see any problem using the BRS units.  I probably wouldn't purchase a whole new unit unless it were damaged.

 

20 minutes ago, waldoz said:

What are your guys thoughts?

I'd probably use it.

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waldoz

Did some more reading and the DI on the top turns brown when its no good.  Said something like 1600 gallons and its $18 for 3 nuclear grade read loads. 😛 Their replacement filters are $25. The membrane , who knows so will have to figure that out later.  Just need to get the tank cycling for now. 🙂  I did ask about it but I guess I was the second person to receive this setup so the history of use is non existent.

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seabass

If you are planning to pack your own DI canisters, you can buy them here: https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/bulk-reverse-osmosis-filters-systems/reverse-osmosis-filters/di-resin.html

 

I'd almost be tempted to remove the small DI canisters and use the unit as a standard 4 stage unit.  Here are some 4 stage filter kits: https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/bulk-reverse-osmosis-filters-systems/reverse-osmosis-filters/4-stage-filter-kits.html

 

If your city water uses chloramine, you might need two carbon filters (although SpectraPure has a single carbon block which supposedly handles chloramine).  Also, if you city water is clean, you might even be able to get away with no DI at all.

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Coastie

The first question is what type of RODI unit is it?  The BRS Value filters are like $30.  If you have chloramine, you should get the 1 micron filters.  You may pay a bit up front but it will save you in the long run (in both convenience and dollars).

 

For RO storage, I'd go with a Brute personally. It's super easy to put the float valve and they come with a lid.  Seriously, float valves.  They are so worth it.

 

 

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waldoz

Yeah I think just basic will do. I will have to check the city water test page tomorrow.

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waldoz

This is what we have for water as of 2018.

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Coastie

Sorry, I should have structured that better.  The 1 micron filter kit is only 5$ more.

 

The comment about paying more up front was referring to getting filters and using your own RODI.

 

Did you mention what make/model your filter is?

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waldoz
3 hours ago, Coastie said:

Sorry, I should have structured that better.  The 1 micron filter kit is only 5$ more.

 

The comment about paying more up front was referring to getting filters and using your own RODI.

 

Did you mention what make/model your filter is?

 

Watergeneral  R 102

 

No have not even looked or opened it up.  If we can will just pull the di off  Clean it per the link.  Will have to see where the tds is at after we get it fixed. Got few weeks when we start the cycling.

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waldoz

Got some zip ties from Dollar Store.. 🙂  and cleaned up all the wires.  No where to hide all the wires but I think we did an ok job with what we had.  It would have been great is there was a back wall but we could not find anything that would work. 

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Once it is against the wall you can  not really see  the wire bundles.  We also put the controller under the tank so it would not be like a sore thumb stuck to the side of the tank. 😛

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We used Velcro to attached the switch panel to the bottom of the shelf so you could not see it unless you were looking for it.

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There is plenty of room for expansion down the road.  Prob a skimmer or another power head, but I don't think we will need a second one.

 

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Here it is a standing level.

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The front view so it looks clean enough. 

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Hope to get it wet soon.. All for now but things are getting crazy around here!

 

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Matteo

You know..... 

 

It only being a 20g long... You could de-rim the top blastic trim to give it a super clean rimless look! 

 

You guys seem plenty diy handy so I'm sure you could do it professionally 🙂

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spectra
9 minutes ago, Matteo said:

You know..... 

 

It only being a 20g long... You could de-rim the top blastic trim to give it a super clean rimless look! 

 

You guys seem plenty diy handy so I'm sure you could do it professionally 🙂

Um nope............that looks like crap and the glass is sharp as hell,,,,,,,,,,,,,,plus the thin glass needs the plastic rim to keep it together.............

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waldoz
18 minutes ago, Matteo said:

You know..... 

 

It only being a 20g long... You could de-rim the top blastic trim to give it a super clean rimless look! 

 

You guys seem plenty diy handy so I'm sure you could do it professionally 🙂

If it leaked at all that would be the end of it.lol It has taken 10 yrs not about to blow it.🤪

10 minutes ago, spectra said:

Um nope............that looks like crap and the glass is sharp as hell,,,,,,,,,,,,,,plus the thin glass needs the plastic rim to keep it together.............

Yeah agree, to thin. We also want some sort of lid to keep evap down.  Not sure what we will do but can't do that on a rimless tank. 😉 Need to go pick up a trash can and borrow 6- 5 gallon buckets with lids for transportation.  Any locals close to me have that many that I can borrow?

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Matteo
59 minutes ago, spectra said:

Um nope............that looks like crap and the glass is sharp as hell,,,,,,,,,,,,,,plus the thin glass needs the plastic rim to keep it together.............

People derim 40b all the time.. 

 

The 20g could handle it. You simply scrape the silicone seal and sand down the glass edges. 

 

Done. 

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waldoz

But I'm not people's 😂 I gots big power 💪 head going to flex the glass. 😁

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devaji108

looking good! like what you did with the wires and zip ties.

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ef4life
1 hour ago, Matteo said:

People derim 40b all the time.. 

 

The 20g could handle it. You simply scrape the silicone seal and sand down the glass edges. 

 

Done. 

Seeing the flex in my 40b front panel I would never trust one de rimmed. 

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Coastie

I derimmed a 15.  The edges of the glass are rough as hell.  I do NOT suggest it.  Besides, the rims make moving the tank less stressful.

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spectra
8 hours ago, waldoz said:

If it leaked at all that would be the end of it.lol It has taken 10 yrs not about to blow it.🤪

Yeah agree, to thin. We also want some sort of lid to keep evap down.  Not sure what we will do but can't do that on a rimless tank. 😉 Need to go pick up a trash can and borrow 6- 5 gallon buckets with lids for transportation.  Any locals close to me have that many that I can borrow?

I have 2 red sea salt buckets that were going in the trash.............will save them for you.

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waldoz
2 minutes ago, spectra said:

I have 2 red sea salt buckets that were going in the trash.............will save them for you.

Thanks! I see we keep the same hours too! LoL

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spectra
2 minutes ago, waldoz said:

Thanks! I see we keep the same hours too! LoL

Up around 4 and try to relax a little before I get out the door..............

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waldoz

Thanks to spectra my boy has done the happy dance. 

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 Got a screaming deal on some new old purple rock! 

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Broke them up and weighed out at 20lbs. 

We messed around with it for few hrs and gave up.   Funny thing is I came back in to my sons room and he had it all laid out and I did not even help him. 🙂 He is owning this scape!

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Pretty funny though he was saying dad take a picture quick before we mess it up and can remake it again.  😛

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So its in the tank and I told him to sleep on it and see how he feels about it tomorrow.  I don't think he is going to change it and If we are lucky it might get wet tomorrow.  

Still need to learn how to make some saltwater. LOL

All for now. 

 

 

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seabass

He did a great job.

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debbeach13

That really looks great. Two thumbs up. You might want to check that your glass cleaner either magnet or scraper fits between rock and glass.  

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