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Old 06-23-2012, 08:48 PM   #1
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Question on salinity.

Just picked up my water for my water change. I've been really busy do I went to a large fish store one that I never get my premixed water from. I was crunched for time so I went and grabbed a 5 gallon bucket. I checked the salinity and it's way high compared to my tank water and water I've used since the tank has been up.

Water reading was 1.039-1.040 Specific gravity
And 38-40 PPT

I run 1.026 which it's at right now. I'm not gonna use it or can I? Can I dilute it with distilled water? I don't have an RO/DI unit but always keep a few 1 gallon jugs of distilled from CVS.

Or can the water change wait till Monday and I'll go get it from my trusted source?

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Old 06-23-2012, 09:01 PM   #2
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I would just wait. If they let it get to 1.040 I would assume they don't really maintain it. It's only a couple of days.
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:05 PM   #3
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I would just wait. If they let it get to 1.040 I would assume they don't really maintain it. It's only a couple of days.
Thanks for the quick reply. I just someone other then myself to tell me. I am gonna wait. I usually do it every Friday so Monday won't hurt. Thanks again.

And I agree the must not care much and I was hesitant also because there was some debris in the bucket and my saltwater bucket is clean clean clean!! So I know it wasn't from me.

Again thanks.
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:37 PM   #4
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No problem . I feel the same way.... I need someone else to tell me!
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:24 PM   #5
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I'd test it for ammonia, trites, and trates. Just to be safe. Odds are if an LFS doesn't maintain their SW, their RODI units are probably past due for a replacement.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:20 AM   #6
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I'd test it for ammonia, trites, and trates. Just to be safe. Odds are if an LFS doesn't maintain their SW, their RODI units are probably past due for a replacement.
Thanks Rick! I'm not gonna use it. I'm gonna stick to what's been working since November.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:03 AM   #7
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Well you can still use it if it checks out ok. If the parameters check out ok, maybe they just let it sit and it evaporated? You never know.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:32 AM   #8
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Well you can still use it if it checks out ok. If the parameters check out ok, maybe they just let it sit and it evaporated? You never know.
Rick my OCD won't allow it

I'm just gonna wait till Monday for m trusted guy. My tank is to precious to play around. I don't this other place from a hole in wall so...

I'll wait till Monday. I hope it doesn't cause any ill effects that's it's past my water change day by 2 days. I know... I know... But I have everything planned out so it throws me off. Thanks for all your help/advice Rick.
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I do not know what you pay for pre mixed, but I would have to guess that a good RODi unit and your own salt would pay for itself in a short time period.
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I do not know what you pay for pre mixed, but I would have to guess that a good RODi unit and your own salt would pay for itself in a short time period.
My buddy, he owns his own little fish shop about 5 minutes from me. Been good friends even before he owned a fish shop, he use to work for a place years ago. Anyway he set up a RO/DI unit so he can do what most do, sell water. He doesn't charge me for a 5 gallon bucket and always has 1 waiting for me on Fridays. I just couldn't make it there. I'll just go there tomorrow and get it.

I thought of doing my own but I figure I've been using his water since I started in November and I haven't any issues. I'll stick with what works for now. The old saying. If it ain't broke ya know? Plus free99 is a good price lol
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