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Old 05-24-2013, 06:24 PM   #11
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You can mix in tank as long as there's no live stock in the tank you'll need a way to measure the SG if your going to mix your own a hydrometer will work
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:58 PM   #12
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Ok thanks the hydrometer is on the shopping list
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:08 PM   #13
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Some say refractometers are more accurate, but I haven't tried them personally. It's a bit pricey.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:24 PM   #14
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Yah and I'm only 14 so I don't have all the money in the world
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:18 AM   #15
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A 5 gal bucket will be handy to mix your salt. You will definitely need it each time you change your water. Approximately 1 3/4 mugs of salt per bucket for a salinity of 1.025 but each brand may vary. It will make it easy to adjust the salinity using a bucket. Use your tank scraper as a paddle to mix.
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Ok thanks!!! Going to get all of the stuff tomorrow and start the cycle!!!! so excited I think I'm just gonna measure out salt for 36 gallons and dump just the salt on top of the sand then fill it with water sense I don't have any live stock. That or I'm just gonna get 36 gallons of premixed saltwater. What do you think?
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If your LFS is closer than your grocery store for ro water then go for it. With 4 containers of 5 gal each means it will take 2 trips.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:01 AM   #18
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Fill your tank to about 2 inches from the top with fresh water check for leaks then add salt dont pour the salt on the sand.
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I don't trust LFS RO/DI water. They are in business to make money...nothing wrong with that, but it leads to compromising decisions in a down economy that leads you to believe you are getting good RO/DI water when in reality you end up with crap that may not be much better than that which comes out of your tap-- because they may not go to the necessary expense of replacing the pads when they should. I wouldn't use any RO/DI water without a TDS reading first.

LFS RO/DI water has become popular because it is an easy money maker on their part. They are betting that most people don't want to pony up $200 for an RO/DI unit and would much rather make it a part of a routine purchase. Buyer beware with this. TDS meters can be had for $30 and gives you piece of mind that you are buying what they are advertising.
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Today's the day!!!!!!!!!
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