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Old 03-05-2015, 12:19 AM   #1
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Real ocean water vs mixing own

Does anybody suggest any options for real ocean water to add directly to tank? I'm sure my LFS will charge a premium obviously. I think they sell Nutri sea water which I hear great things online. Going for $25/4 gallons though. Saw a nice deal for Petco online. $20/10 gallons plus 15% off for repeat orders.

I am currently mixing instant ocean or oceanic with tap water and dosage of prime. Don't think I'm getting the best water as a result and im also lazy. I currently change water every 7-10 days. I change out 10g in my 75g. Looking to make that every 10 days adding in real ocean water. Any advice on this??? Thx


Also when using real ocean water are water changes to remain i. The 7-10 day interval or can they increase to 1 month?



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Old 03-05-2015, 12:28 AM   #2
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Using tap water is the mistake in this instance. The pre-packaged water from petco and other places is usable, though personally overpriced.
Even if you are buying the water, it does not mean you should lessen water changes as this is the primary method of nitrate export and replenishing essential elements.
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I buy Petco real ocean water. I buy on EBAY. I do water changes once/month with no problems


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I buy Petco real ocean water. I buy on EBAY. I do water changes once/month with no problems


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How large of wc and what size tank do you have? Thx


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175 gallon tank. 10% if I have no problems & 20 % if I have concerns or new items in my tank...


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I use quality water. I have protein skimmer, uv sterilizer, reactor, & a HUGE clean up crew!


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I use quality water. I have protein skimmer, uv sterilizer, reactor, & a HUGE clean up crew!


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Thx. I Also have uv, protein skimmer. Small crabs keep eating my snails. What do you suggest for a good clean up crew? Do you ever have to replace anything in your uv?


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check the salinity of that ocean water. One year at MACNA a company supplied all the water gave us it at 1.035. Every tank in the place looked terrible. All corals were sliming up, until someone decided to check it.
You don't need a cleanup crew at all. Crabs eat snails and take their shells simply by instinct. Skipping them entirely won't hurt you at all.
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No. I have a pond UV sterilizer ( suggested by the LFS owner) Works Great... I go to the same LFS & he tells me what's compatible. I purchase anything that helps with maintenance & reef safe. Snails (turbo, tiger, etc.) Crabs ( green, blue legs, large under sand cleaners) Starfish, Blennies x2 (Rock and Sand cleaners). I just started purchasing decorative fish (5). Everything else serves some kind of cleaning purpose. (50+)


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No. I have a pond UV sterilizer ( suggested by the LFS owner) Works Great... I go to the same LFS & he tells me what's compatible. I purchase anything that helps with maintenance & reef safe. Snails (turbo, tiger, etc.) Crabs ( green, blue legs, large under sand cleaners) Starfish, Blennies x2 (Rock and Sand cleaners). I just started purchasing decorative fish (5). Everything else serves some kind of cleaning purpose. (50+)


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Uv honestly doesn't do much for a sw setup, and none of those snails/crabs/starfish are necessary for an algae free tank if your maintenance habits are good.


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