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OceanView
02-27-2015, 05:59 PM
Since I have such a small system, I never thought I would invest into an RODI unit - but I'm seriously tired of lugging buckets from Mr. Aqua.
Sooo.....shopping list:
1) RODI unit - any recommendations???

2) max. 50 gallon storage containers - 1 for RODI, 1 for saltwater - any great ones out there? I have been looking on amazon and there are many, I am basically looking for tall & slim so that they can fit in a certain spot in my garage.

3) hook up??? I'd like to drill through the garage/house wall and hardline it into the powder room pipe that sits inside that wall - any idea how to do that? Or would it be better just to attach to faucet when needed?

Levi
02-27-2015, 06:28 PM
is your garage heated?

Just_Tim
02-28-2015, 12:15 AM
My rodi is in my mechanical room where the temp is constant. Running a rodi line through walls is no big deal either

OceanView
02-28-2015, 09:05 AM
Nope, garage is not heated, but utility room is just has cold if you ask me, plus it is tiny! I now store my buckets in the garage and I heat the water before the water change

OceanView
02-28-2015, 09:09 AM
Is consistency the key on water temp for the salt mix? Or is it a question of getting it to the right temp before putting it into the tank. My laundry room is tiny too, otherwise I would put it in there. I was debating to stack my washer/dryer to create more room. They are stackable, I just would need to buy the kit for it.

hooked
02-28-2015, 09:22 AM
Not so much a temp consistencey. Most garages are not heated and in danger of freezing. Freezing temps and water pipes do not get along.

Murfman
02-28-2015, 09:23 AM
This is the type barrel most of us are using. There is a place in Denver that sells all sizes. If you are putting them in the garage, then the 55s will work fine. Even if your garage is not heated, you shouldn't have any freezing issues. I keep a heater in my salt mix barrel, at the same temp as my tank.

http://cosprings.craigslist.org/grd/4863635100.html


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol

Murfman
02-28-2015, 09:23 AM
This is the type barrel most of us are using. There is a place in Denver that sells all sizes. If you are putting them in the garage, then the 55s will work fine. Even if your garage is not heated, you shouldn't have any freezing issues. I keep a heater in my salt mix barrel, at the same temp as my tank.

http://cosprings.craigslist.org/grd/4863635100.html


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol

OceanView
02-28-2015, 09:37 AM
I can keep a heater in there no problem! Great idea! I looked at your links and those barrels sound great at $15! We're they easy to clean? Did you cut open your saltwater mixing barrel? Do you keep a pump in the saltwater barrel for oxygen? Or take it out once the water is mixed? Sorry, never mixed saltwater before.
What RODI unit are you guys using? I've been looking on BRS. But then they just sent me a big letter how their computer system was hacked and my info was stolen...hmm

Just_Tim
02-28-2015, 10:38 AM
The ambient temp is for the rodi process. You want to shoot for around 70 F for your rodi to work as it was intended.

Murfman
02-28-2015, 11:24 AM
In my acrylic 300 build thread is a DIY on how I did my barrels. I think they are doing one today at Levi's, at the meeting.

OceanView
02-28-2015, 10:19 PM
Oh too bad I missed it :(. I will check out your thread! Since My water consumption is not super huge, I might shoot for a smaller barrel. Maybe more along the lines of 30-40. I have to think about that some more.

Are BRS units reliable?

So, the temperature in the garage is not suitable for the RODI unit- that makes sense. So I have to rethink my laundry room option.

kmellon
03-01-2015, 01:05 AM
Keep the RODI system in the utility room and pull the water line out to the barrels in the garage. I have a 30 gal barrel and a 65 gal barrel in the garage that hold both the RODI (35) and waste (65) water and they will freeze up at times but not to the degree that anything has broken. However, i'm betting the that canisters on the system will crack. If you keep heaters in the barrels, that will keep them from freezing and if you have a pump set up for mixing and it is running, that will help as well.
My supply lines are coming from under a bathroom sink in the basement. I have tapped both the hot and cold lines, added valves, one way valves, and a T to give me the ability to run warm water into my system. That along with a booster pump gives me a 1-1 rodi-waste. Water is expensive here in falcon which is why I capture the waste water and use it elsewhere.

Murfman
03-01-2015, 11:37 AM
BRS units are very reliable. They are a sponsor so if you are a premium member, you get a discount.

Melevs reef sells them too; http://melevsreef.com/

Murfman
03-01-2015, 12:17 PM
http://www.thescmas.com/forums/showthread.php?2380-Murfman-s-300-Acrylic-with-bar&highlight=300%2Bacrylic

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Murfman
03-01-2015, 12:17 PM
http://www.thescmas.com/forums/showthread.php?2380-Murfman-s-300-Acrylic-with-bar&highlight=300%2Bacrylic

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scrumpto
03-01-2015, 08:44 PM
I have a variety of ideas and solutions for you but it would be better if you can tell me the layout of your tank and house.

Where's the tank?
Where's your hot water heater?
Where's your laundry room?

Give me some more info and I'll try to come up with a creative solution for you as I've done it many different ways over the years.