AquaFX Barracuda RO/DI Unit 50 gpd 4-stage
must have for reef tank
Unit makes 0 tds water as it said it would im using the 50 gph and am very pleased.
April 3, 2015
Cannot have an aquarium w/o this unit!!
This is the first RO/DI unit I have ever owned. I have always heard how important RO/DI water is when doing a salt water aquarium.. I tried using normal tap water for awhile and that was a mistake... a costly one. I ended up purchasing a 40 gallon plastic trash can and a water pump and heater. I fill the trash can up with RO/DI water so I can have heated RO/DI water on the fly and refill the container every 2 weeks as I have 2 - 30 gallon saltwater tanks that draw from this. I am amazed at the durability of this unit. I have owned it for 5 months now. In that time I have only replaced the DI filter twice - the Sediment filter and carbon filter or the TFC's I have yet to replace. I test the output monthly with a TDS meter and I am getting .000 ~ .001 PPM in the water after constant 5 months of use.I purchased the 300 GPD unit and am very impressed. I totally recommend this to any aquarium hobbyist.
March 30, 2015
Excelent 50 gpd RO/DI unit
Okay, so it's the only RO/DI unit I've ever had... BUT, I've been using it for nearly 2 years, and...
The Barracuda 50 gpd RO/DI unit is everything I hoped for. I have a 120 gal reef tank in my den and I mounted the Barracuda on the wall downstairs in the laundry room in the basement near my 55 gal sump. (Yes, I actually ran plumbing for a Herbie overflow from my den to the basement laundry room.# With this filter I can easily feed either a 32 gallon garbage can used for exchanges or the 12 gal auto top off tank. Easy to connect to the faucet at the laundry tub. #I did have to buy some longer 1/4" tubing because of where I mounted it, but it's relatively inexpensive.# I have a dual TDS meter, and I just love seeing that my tap water with 220-250 ppm TDS is consistently converted to 0 ppm. With proper care that I stay between 40 and 80 psi, I get many hundreds of gallons before having to change the RO membrane filter. #When I first set it up, I had no idea how much pressure my city tap water was under, and as a result I opened the valves too fast and blew out my first RO membrane immediately, so please go slowly, and just crack the cold and hot valves a tiny bit at a time until you get a feel for where the ideal of 40-80 psi and 65-75 degrees is for your water system. I set mine at 70 psi and so that the water tube feels about room temperature to my hand.# This is SO much more convenient than hauling 5 gallon buckets of water from the nearest RO/DI water source, and I'm sure, so much more certain of the quality of the water. For a 30 gallon exchange, I hook it up to the faucet and start it just before going to bed, and it's usually full by the time I get home from work the next day. Perfect. #Make sure you have a controlled overflow set up, like a hole near the top with tubing to a drain..., just in case it's done before you think it will be.# Sure, you can find RO/DI units that cost more than this one..., but why spend more when this one does a great job? Replacement cartridges are also reasonably priced.
Overall, I couldn't be happier with the Barracuda 50 gpd.
# This review site, not so happy with... It keeps changing my parentheses into number signs/hash tags... :-( #
February 9, 2015
Works like a charm!
Was extremely nervous about how to even get this system set up on a 3rd level apartment. But the maintenance men were kind enough to understand that this needed to be hooked up no matter what. Without a normal sink/facet setup (where you connect the given attachment to a hose like facet) we did not have that type of setup. So the pipe line was the only answer. Be sure to purchase the correct pieces from your local plumbing store when buying this system. I do wish I would have been told all this prior to purchasing this unit. Maybe Foster & Smith sell the correct connectors? I'm not sure.. Overall with a PSI of only 50 we were able to fill a cup up in less than a minute when some take up to 10 mins per cup. Great results!
May 22, 2014