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RO Right Addition

I have had planted tanks for about 3 years and always used RO deionized water
with the Kent Ro right product.  I have not had any problems that could be
attributed to the product, but you need to let it mix for a while before adding
to the tank, I let it mix overnight, and you also need to follow the directions
for reccomend hardness.  Thanks

<Date: Sat, 13 Dec 1997 14:32:40 -0800
<From: Victor Eng <engfam at axionet_com>
<Subject: [Q] R/O water reconstitution?


I'm a reef aquarium keeper but I have just started a planted tank.  I use
R/O water for my reef tanks and I was thinking of using it for my planted
tank.  I was wondering if anyone has used Tropic Marine Re-Mineral or Kent
Marine RO Right to reconstitute the water (pros/cons)?  These products have
sodium, magneseium, potassium, and calcium.  Are there a natural substances
that I could add to the RO water instead of these products to provide a
more stable alk, pH,and important minerals?  I was thinking of adding
Sodium Bicarbonate (to increase the low pH of the RO water but I'm not sure
if this will stablize the alk?),  Epson salts (for the magnesium), PMDD
(for the normal plant elements), and Dick Boyd's Freshwater Vitamin
supplements (for my 100 Cardinal Tetras).  Thanks.  Take care & Happy

Victor Eng
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
engfam at axionet_com