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Old 05-24-2013, 12:14 AM   #1
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Mixing saltwater

So I had a couple questions. My lfs sells established pre mixed saltwater. Should I get that at first ( to fill up the tank) then mix my own for water changes?

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Old 05-24-2013, 01:13 AM   #2
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That would be a practical thing to do for having a new tank and while you are still in the process of getting the necessary stuff like the ro/di. You can also get the ro from the machine at your nearest grocery store until you can afford to buy the ro/di.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:20 AM   #3
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Ok thanks a lot!
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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Ok, I would not recomend to get your water from the grocery store. Your LFS will RO/DI water for a good price (usualy about 50 cent/gallon.
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Ok, I would not recomend to get your water from the grocery store. Your LFS will RO/DI water for a good price (usualy about 50 cent/gallon.
I actually have always used the RO water from the big outdoor machines (Glacier) outside the gas station or grocery store. TDS is close to zero usually and its a quarter a gallon. My LFS is closer to a buck a gallon for RODI. I've got FOWLR, so it works fine for me.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:25 PM   #6
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Yah I think I might just fill the whole tank with pre mixed saltwater from my lfs and then start mixing my own water for water changes
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If you have the ability to mix your own water now I would just mix it and fill the tank yourself it would be alot cheaper.
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Ok, I would not recomend to get your water from the grocery store. Your LFS will RO/DI water for a good price (usualy about 50 cent/gallon.
Not sure about all LFS but ours here in Houston only sell the RO water it is not the RO/DI they would be having a huge expense on their hands having to change the DI out. I got my RO water from the machine in the Grocery store "Culligan" brand I believe and I also would take my TDS meter with me to check the TDS to make sure it was not sky high and it was only $.29 per gallon.. But I finally got my own RO/DI unit I just could not keep lifting those buckets anymore.
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:59 PM   #9
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Check out this video.
The Tap Water Plus Conditioner Myth Debunked - YouTube
I belive it explains best what to do.
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Ok I guess I'll just mix my one can I just measure out the salt and but it in the tank then ad water and let the powerhead mix it sense there is no fish in yet or do I have to mix it out of the tank?
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