I'm sure I can guess the answer, but...

Discussion in 'Tank Talk' started by Me, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. Me

    Me Larval Mass Registered

    Nov 18, 2003
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    Heyyy I'm new here, everybody give me a big hand!

    Truly, I wish this site had been here a few years back when I had my bimac. It was my first ceph, practically my first saltwater tank, and octo information was hard to come by - thus, I probably wasn't as prepared as I should have been.

    Anyway, on to my question: How absolutely essential is an RO/DI filter? Has anyone successfully kept cephs without one? How can I find out what's in my tapwater, and how do I know if it's gentle enough for an octopus?

    I'm planning to get another octopus in the semi-distant future, and to do it right this time. Probably another bimac, but we'll see. Which reminds me, is there a list somewhere on the site of commonly sold ceph species, preferably with descriptions and care information?

    Thanks in advance, it's great to have found a place with such knowledgeable people.
  2. NickA5582

    NickA5582 Sepia elegans Registered

    Aug 6, 2003
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    :welcome: Me!
    Here's a link to find a variety of cephs, some sites have care info, some don't. :arrow: http://www.dal.ca/~ceph/TCP/sources.html

    I don't know how necessary it is, I just asked the people here and they told me I should have one, so that probably doesn't answer your question. :)
  3. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

    Nov 20, 2002
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    Dallas Texas
    Hello Me,

    Welcome to TONMO.com!

    Most of us use RO/DI water, but you don't have to buy a filter, since the water's available from some grocery stores and other places. Your local LFSs should sell it, too.

    I think some people use just RO water, but many feel that RO/DI is necessary.

    All the best,
  4. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

    Nov 14, 2002
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    I would certainly advise its use... I studied water quality in the UK and can say that its really not ideal.

    Your local authoity should be able to provide you with a water analysis... some pharmacys will also do it apparantly
  5. shannen74

    shannen74 Blue Ring Registered

    Mar 17, 2003
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    When we started up our saltwater tanks, we went to one of those water dispensing windmills in the parking lot of our local grocery store & bought water. It has all the info about the filtration on the side of it. Most grocery stores have a water dispensing machine out front or in the parking lot We filled up our 5 gallon buckets and 5 gal. collapsible camping water bags. BTW, I would highly recommend these things, they pack flat & work great!


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