View Full Version : What equipment is most important?

05-10-2005, 06:12 AM
Out of an ozonator, an RO/DI system, and a calcium reactor what should be the first thing to buy?. Also are all of these really necessary?

05-10-2005, 06:32 AM
IMO the RO/DI. Although a reactor makes it easier, you can add Ca many different ways.

05-10-2005, 06:35 AM
I would definately have to agree ....... RO/DI is #1 on everyones list. I wish I had of know that when I started but chawk that one up to lesson learned

05-10-2005, 07:02 AM
Hmmm....is this for a reef tank, or fish only tank? IMO, RO/DI will be most important, however, if your tap water is pretty good and its a fish only tank, then I may change my mind. I'm allowed to change my mind....I'm female :D j/k lol.

Alright....well, since you asked about the calcium reactor, I'll assume that it is a reef tank....so my choice is RO/DI. As stated calcium can be supplemented in many other ways. Boy, its too early for me to be thinking.... :)

05-10-2005, 07:25 AM
I'm gonna say RO/DI, for all the reasons listed above. I think good care starts with your water.

05-10-2005, 07:46 AM
Ro/Di first.

05-10-2005, 09:09 AM
if your tap water is pretty good
This is a key statement here. Get a report on your water...better yet, get some test kits and test your tap water to see what you have. If it looks clean (i.e. very low to no phosphates, nitrates, amonia) then you may not need an RO/DI unit, although most people do. If you need it, then I would get that first. It's the foundation for keeping your tanks water quality high. Without that, ozone and calcium are just something being put into an algae tank.

05-10-2005, 12:07 PM
ro/di followed by a ca reactor.

05-10-2005, 08:45 PM
Just to be different I'm going to say RODI. LOL Steve

05-10-2005, 09:26 PM
agreed. RO/DI first, then calcium reactor. I can't speak to the ozonator as i do not have one, but I guess it would be third since I have been able to get by for 4 years without one.


05-11-2005, 02:44 AM
Thanks guys :) and yes it is going to be a reef tank