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Postby sipecsus » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:51 am

:cry: is a R.O. system worth investing in???? and will the water be good for my plants i know u should use distilled water or rain water but is reverse osmosis water the same???
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Re: reverse osmosis systems????

Postby lemonlily » Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:40 am

Reverse osmosis water is like a filter that pushes water through a filter thing but the holes in the "filter" is so small thatonly water molecules fit through it leaving out most, if not, all minerals and salts. I wouls say not to buy it as it can be expensive unless you have tons and tons of plants.
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Re: reverse osmosis systems????

Postby linton » Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:38 am

An R.O. unit can be expensive, but it worth it if you can't guarantee the quality of your water supply or don't receive as much rainwater as you need - an especially good investment if you have lots of plants. The only drawback is that they can waste up to 60% of the water that is passed through them leaving you with 40% water that is suitable for your plants.
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Re: reverse osmosis systems????

Postby Matt » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:36 pm

R.O. units can be a little on the pricey side, so if you only have a few plants it's not likely to be worth it for you to purchase one. I bought one this spring because I dramatically expanded my collection of plants and I was using over 3 gallons of water a day.

As Linton said, they can be very wasteful, so if possible, have it drain into a garden or catch the drain water to use on other plants that aren't sensitive to minerals in the water.
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Re: reverse osmosis systems????

Postby ilovemyaph » Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:29 am

I have a Reverse Osmosis filter. Is it okay to water my vft with it? Or should I let it sit in case some of the minerals/salts didn't go through the filter?
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Re: reverse osmosis systems????

Postby Matt » Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:31 am

ilovemyaph wrote:I have a Reverse Osmosis filter. Is it okay to water my vft with it? Or should I let it sit in case some of the minerals/salts didn't go through the filter?

An RO unit with good filters should produce very clean water that is usable on carnivorous plants. If your filters haven't been replaced in a while, it is best to test the water with a TDS meter so you know the mineral content of the water.
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Postby David F » Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:45 am

3 gallons a day Matt? WOW I feel lucky when I collect 10 gallons of rainwater for this season! sheesh, my dad's work has a triple R.O filter. I might have to take a look at the water, hopefully they don't add any minerals for "taste" I assume not :) he's been giving his sundews it and they are coming back okay.
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Postby dantt99 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:06 pm

Wow Matt! I buy a 5 gallon container and it lasts about 2 weeks and sometimes even a month!
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Postby Matt » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:12 pm

David F wrote:3 gallons a day Matt?

dantt99 wrote:Wow Matt! I buy a 5 gallon container and it lasts about 2 weeks and sometimes even a month!

Well, if you notice that post where I said I use 3 gallons a day is from 2009. Now when I water, I need about 50 gallons. During the winter, that's only about once every 7 to 10 days. But in the summer, that's every other day. I'm very thankful that I can use the tap water here in Ashland on my plants since it doesn't rain at all here during the summer months.
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Postby David F » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:43 pm

50 gallons YIKES even without buying distilled water, I bet that racks up a tap water bill :).
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Postby Matt » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:14 am

David F wrote:50 gallons YIKES even without buying distilled water, I bet that racks up a tap water bill :).

Surprisingly, the water bills are still fairly low here. And in the summer, I use "free" water provided by the Talent Irrigation Ditch. It costs something like $75 for the entire summer and the water coming from that spigot is also very low in TDS, usually around 40ppm.
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Postby dantt99 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:17 am

Wow, nice! You're lucky you have the nice tap water now and don't need the RO system :)
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Postby MichaelG » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:22 am

I'm lucky to be able to use "tap" water too!! My house is not in the city limits, so we rely on well water. I had it tested, and it's very low in TDS, about 45-50 ppm.
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