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Old 11-12-2008, 12:28 PM   #31
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if im not mistaken i think a quick way would to make a stalactite of salt. this consists of a large vessel of water, or a disposable cup for those who want to experiment. with a small hole on the bottom that a string is run through, only small enough so the string tightly fits and a drip of just a couple drop every few seconds, the cup is then placed on top of a box with a hole no larger then an inch so the string will never touch the sides of the box when the string goes through the hole on top, and inside the box, under the string a bowl is placed to catch any run off water if the flow is too strong, there should be a few inches gap between the top of the bowl and the string, in a few days you should have a large stalactite made of salt hanging iside the box.



or you can use what i found afterwards, at a site where a fancy pants shows off his version of how to do so w/ pictures.

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That sounds like more work than its worth. Also, you won't be recycling the many of the additives in the original salt mix because your criters have used them. You need fresh salt to refresh all your nutrients.
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i understand the spent nutrients but it would help to save on salt, just to help get the salinity up in new water.
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Not only would certain trace elements be missing from the "reclaimed" salt, but you'd also get all the nasties (nitrates, phosphates, etc) back in the tank. Kinda defeats one of the purposes of a water change - to export nutrients out of the tank.

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now that I am no longer buying lots of equipment I don't get free shipping. A 30+ pound of salt costs a lot in shipping!
Check out DrFosterSmith... you can get salt, sand, and other heavy items there with no additional shipping fees. Not free... but you're only paying $10 or so (standard shipping) for a 40 pound bucket of salt, delivered to your doorstep.
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