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Re: RO units
>If it works for you use it. Personally I use rainwater.
Would that I could. Twenty-five years ago the rainwater smelled like steel
mills (back when we had them to smell). Water from one of those collections
was used with non-killies to see what happened - they died. Today the rain
too often smells like the Interstate Highways here or roofing material.
By the time water has been caught and activated carbon used to clean it up,
it is personally cheaper and more time efficient to run the liquid rock from
our municipal wells (hardness varies from 160 to 400 ppm depending on the
combination of wells used) through an RO system.
Would that we could collect rainwater like they can in downstate Illinois
or Indiana (away from the cities and upwind of many of the heavy
>RO is only good for
>importing Pencil fish (my own personal opinion)
A lot of killie people do very well with Lake Water from the Great Lakes in
the American Midwest. However, even there some Aphysemion enthusiasts are
gravitating towards using some combination of RO water, even if it is only
cutting lake water (155 ppm) with RO water.
Obviously there is more to successful breeding than that. I recall am
amazing story of some cichlid people in my local general club who
slaughtered $1000s in discus and other cichlids.
>We have some pretty wierd tap water across the UK but despite >all manage
to breed most Killies without RO water.
Just out of curiosity, what measure of hardness or conductivity would your
water register? Do you have large variations from region to region in the
All the best,
- Re: RO units
- From: "Tim Addis" <timaddis at killifish_force9.co.uk>