Where can one obtain a complete RO system ?

Linda1234

I'm looking for an RO system that can produce around 200 GPD; store it in a tank somewhere between 200-400 gallons; and pump it to a room one floor up as well as another room on the same floor. Not really sure if the pressure out of the RO system is high enough to push the water to the floor above (like a hot water heater). Our base water isn't too bad but i'm looking at fishes that prefer gh around 0-1 and kh near 0. I know you can buy an 'ro' unit at various stores for not too much that can do 200 GPD but i can't seem to find the entire system. Also can anything useful be done with the waste water ?
 

MacZ

So with "entire system" you want a storage tank and a way of pumping it up a floor included? I wouldn't know any manufacturer that offers that. Really sorry. You will have to DIY this or get a contractor. But you won't find that offered as a set.

The output pressure of an RO unit depends on out tap pressure or the pressure pump if there is one in it. Both won't suffice to pump it up a floor though. Maybe on the wastewater-end not the RO outlet.

Also can anything useful be done with the waste water ?
Houseplants or garden. A friend uses it for his vegetable patch. I run a plants-only cube with it.
 

CindiL

You’d probably have to have a professional system installed to do that. We had a kitchen RO system like that in our basement in the last house we lived in. It had a big tank system and pumped the water up a floor to our kitchen. The waste water went down the utility sink.

That said, you don’t want a KH near 0 in any tank as that water would have no buffering capacity and you’d find the PH crashing really quickly. When I used RO water in that house I always buffered the water with Seachem alkaline buffer And would bring the KH up to about 6 degrees or 100 parts. Soft water fish requirements are generally referring to GH but unless you’re planning on breeding them fish will adapt to a pretty wide range of habitats.

What is your GH of your tap water?
 

Linda1234

You’d probably have to have a professional system installed to do that. We had a kitchen RO system like that in our basement in the last house we lived in. It had a big tank system and pumped the water up a floor to our kitchen. The waste water went down the utility sink.

That said, you don’t want a KH near 0 in any tank as that water would have no buffering capacity and you’d find the PH crashing really quickly. When I used RO water in that house I always buffered the water with Seachem alkaline buffer And would bring the KH up to about 6 degrees or 100 parts. Soft water fish requirements are generally referring to GH but unless you’re planning on breeding them fish will adapt to a pretty wide range of habitats.

What is your GH of your tap water?
Whom would I look for with regards for a 'professional' system. Our tap gh is 7; i will mix with tap water to produce the desired kh/gh/tds per tank; for the low ph tank I will in fact want kh very close to 0.
 

CindiL

A company like Culligan comes to mind. I think you’ll find some local companies also depending on where you live.
 

Linda1234

A company like Culligan comes to mind. I think you’ll find some local companies also depending on where you live.
There is a culligan in my city; i just didn't know what type of company to use. I.e, what i need to search for to find the appropriate company. I wonder what fish stores use...
 

Linda1234

Look into BRS,
You will need a pump to get the desired GPH. 1/4" 8800 Booster Pump Kit - Aquatec
Reverse Osmosis & RODI Systems
Is the booster pump between the storage tank and the aquarium or between the ro unit and the faucet ?

I think you are suggesting a booster pump for the ro unit if the psi is too low from the water source. However the part of the design that I am struggling with is between the storage tank and the faucet by the aquarium(s). I know you have a large fish room with many tanks but i don't know if you use ro water and if you have a storage tank hooked up to piping and faucet you can use to turn the flow on/off.

I know that John58ford does a fair amount of eng in his fish room but not sure if he has dealt with ro water and storage tank system. CindiL described what i wanted (even if their ro water is for drinking rather than fishes) and it might be easier at the end of the day to hire a company to install the system if I cannot figure it out on my own.
 

CindiL

There is a culligan in my city; i just didn't know what type of company to use. I.e, what i need to search for to find the appropriate company. I wonder what fish stores use...
With our house already built our only choice was for it to hook up straight into the whole kitchen so the cold water faucet was only RO. Usually you will have separate piping for kitchen and also for exterior faucets (at least in new construction). I used it for my 33g tank too, and would heat the water since it was room temperature.
Another choice might be just to have a system installed in the room you need it though you still need an option to drain the waste water. Maybe there is a bathroom you can have it installed and tie into? I’m sure there are experts on this and we just paid a company to do this.
You can call around and tell them you’re looking for this type of system. I think most water companies who do water softeners, and R/O systems “probably” can do this type of install. It wasn’t cheap and ours made about 30g a day so what you’re looking for is significantly bigger.
 

Linda1234

There will be pvc piping dedicated to this piping - one room is above the unit and the other is adjacent so two rooms will receive the water. So the pipe issues will be solved - there will also be a drain in the room with the ro unit. What I am trying to decide is if i can use the ro waste water to water my plants rather than send it to sewage.
 

Linda1234

Ok I've been taught a lot the last few days. It seems you can use a well pump between the storage tank and pvc (optionally you can use a pressure tank between the storage tank and pump); so the ro system feeds the storage tank -> well pump -> [optional pressure tank] -> pvc pipe. The pressure tank will decrease lost of pressure in the pvc before the pump restores it - so there might be value in that but not required else the pvc pipe becomes the 'pressure tank'.
 

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