A reverse osmosis water system works to filter the water, removing any contaminants so that you end up with clean water.The RO/DI systems have a great reputation as being an effective way to filter the water; new advances in technology have improved the filtration capability to the point of removing up to 99 percent of the impurities.
Reverse osmosis water is an incredible starting point for any aquarium owner seeking to create ideal water conditions for their fish and coral. RO water is completely free from chemicals toxic to fish like chlorine and chloramines, is neutral in pH, and contains no water hardness. Many tropical fish require specific water environments to thrive. Reverse osmosis allows you to control the parameters of the water chemistry, meaning you can support whatever aquatic life you desire. Saltwater and reef aquariums are notoriously difficult to maintain. Reverse osmosis simplifies the process by giving you a reliable, consistent pure water to craft your saltwater environment.
How does reverse osmosis work?
Reverse osmosis purifies water when pressure forces it through a semipermeable membrane covered in minuscule pores.
The membrane allows water molecules to pass through its tiny lattice of tiny pores, but contaminants are rejected.
All salts, nitrates, phosphates, and minerals are unable to pass through the membrane and are drained out of the system.
This waste, called the brine, flows from the reverse osmosis system to a drainage site.
Why should I use reverse osmosis for my salt-water aquariums?
Reverse osmosis gives you a starting point to create the perfect marine environment for your saltwater fish.
Once you’ve obtained the contaminant and mineral-free water produced by reverse osmosis, you are now able to regulate the water profile to best match your fish’s needs. Three of the most important parameters of aquarium water chemistry are general hardness (GH), carbonate hardness (KH), and the pH balance of the water. In general, most fish will favour either a softer, acidic environment or harder and more alkaline waters.
The Filtration Process and Stages
Depending on the type of RO/DI water system, it can have 4 to 6 filtration stages. It is during these stages that the water is purified to remove any contaminants and make sure it is clean for your aquarium fish.
These systems often have additional filters that remove the odor and improve the taste, but one that ensures all the dirt is removed should be sufficient for use in an aquarium.
RO/DI SYSTEM FEATURES:
UltraTec RO Systems have designed all of our RO/DI units with Australian reef aquariums in mind. However, the water that they produce is perfect for all other types of salt water and freshwater aquariums.
Easy to use and store
Full-sized DI resin stage for 0ppm TDS water
Colour coded ¼” tubing for simple identification
Common faucet adaptor included for hassle-free installation
Pre-installed NSF certified filters
Dual carbon stages for superior chlorine & chloramine removal