Reverse Osmosis vs Water Distiller?

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wildman21

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I found my ultrasonic humidifier spewing white power (calcium carbonate) due to my having hard water and this clogs the carbon filter.
I can't buy enough distilled water fast enough for my 2 tents, and 2 humidifiers and need a solution. Can you advise whether I should go with reverse osmosis or a water distiller?
Reverse osmosis would be a filter system, and distiller is counter top model. And, can you recommend one in particular?
Thank y'all.
 
Oldguy71

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Can the countertop distiller supply enough water for your needs? Ro is great but 1/3 goes down the drain
 
Flexnerb

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I found my ultrasonic humidifier spewing white power (calcium carbonate) due to my having hard water and this clogs the carbon filter.
I can't buy enough distilled water fast enough for my 2 tents, and 2 humidifiers and need a solution. Can you advise whether I should go with reverse osmosis or a water distiller?
Reverse osmosis would be a filter system, and distiller is counter top model. And, can you recommend one in particular?
Thank y'all.

I would say hydrologic and growonix for RO systems depending what your water demand and ppm of input water is.
 
Dub_City405

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RO allday everyday hook it up at your house. And get easy RO water from the sink.
 
MIMedGrower

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can you link me to a wick humidifier? I've not heard of that design, and son't find one when i search. thanks


its a regular fan run humidifier. I use this one to humidify my whole upstairs and grow rooms. I use one wick filter per season at about $20 cost.

 
wildman21

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Before i go buy another humidifier, let me ask. Would the high ppm cause stunted plant growth? My friends plants started from same clones are 3x the size of mine. Another reason I was thinking of getting a reverse osmosis filter. thanks for the humidifier link.
 
Jumpingspider

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RO water- great for nutrient solution. Easy af to harvest enough water for your reservoirs. Has near 0 ppm to start. Potentially can carry some pathogens so not as good for humidifiers and such as distilled

Distilled water- also great for mixing. Not as easy to harvest (you have to refill over and over afaik) and uses electricity. No chance of pathogens.

I would go with ro
 
MIMedGrower

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Should reply to the message. I might not have read this question. Or just use @Username to alert someone.


and yes too much nutrients will stunt plants. Humidity is only a problem at extremes. Maybe you should start a help thread with pics and info.
 
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I installed inline refrigerator type filters with universal fittings- no more snow.
 
goingtoguano

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That looks like a standard RO for under the counter type. They also make portable RO systems that make it so you don’t have to install anything. That’s what I did.
You will want to add some tap water back into the RO water before using it on the plants. They need some minerals, just not 350ppm.
 
wildman21

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That looks like a standard RO for under the counter type. They also make portable RO systems that make it so you don’t have to install anything. That’s what I did.
You will want to add some tap water back into the RO water before using it on the plants. They need some minerals, just not 350ppm.
Thanks. I just changed my order to the the countertop version. I grow in fox farms ocean forest and give fox farms nutrients. Will I still need to add some tap water? thanks
 
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goingtoguano

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I would. Tap (well) water has dissolved minerals in it that the plants need like calcium and magnesium ect. If you used straight RO water, you would likely start to show deficiencies without adding minerals back in, like cal-mag. You can probably eliminate needing any of that by just adding tap water. Plus, you won’t have to filter as much RO water.
 
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goingtoguano

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I bought a cheap one like 4 years ago and hooked it up to my basement sink and put a hose timer on it. It works sweet, set-it and forget-it. It is still working good but it is just starting to get slower (less efficient) so I'll probably replace it with another cheapy before my next grow.
I add enough tap water to bring my ppm up to 40-50 before adding anything else and I don't use cal-mag. I am using a heavily amended super-soil though.
 
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I did install a whole house filter system but tds ppm did not decrease at all. At around 350 ppm.

You need to check your water pressure if this is true.....no RO filter will work properly with too little pressure. You would need to add a pump to increase pressure.
 
wildman21

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You need to check your water pressure if this is true.....no RO filter will work properly with too little pressure. You would need to add a pump to increase pressure.
The whole house sytem I installed was not RO.
 

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