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Old 09-13-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Dechlorinator in salt tank?

As far as treating salt water is it the same as freshwater ?
As far as removing ammonia and chlorine ?
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:30 PM   #2
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The preference for water is pure RO/DI water. Then all the clorides, nitrates, phosphates and any other chemicals and disolved solids are gone. TDS = 0. If your doing a reef tank, that is almost mandatory. For a FOWLR tank you can get away with treated tap water, but its not recommended as it can still cause algae growth in the tank. Freshwater tanks have the luxury of significant plant growth to consume excess nutrients, but without plants, it is more of an issue in saltwater tanks.
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Agreed.... Whether reef or fowlr, you should be using purified RODI water, not treated tap. RODI has everything removed, no treating required, and the salt mix reintroduces all of the necessary buffers, elements, & nutrients. Tap water contains way too much junk.... may not be immediately detrimental to your system, but the contaminants can slowly accumulate to cause some serious problems later down the road.
If you are using tap, then yes, I would treat it, then add your salt & let mix overnight.
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Ok dumb question what's RO/DI?
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Ok dumb question what's RO/DI?
Reverse Osmosis DeIonized water. In short, it's a special filtering process where the water passes through a series of filters, membranes, and deionizing resin to completely clean the water of all contaminants.
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Ouch I bet those are pricy
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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Not really, you can get one for less than $100 and they really really make a huge difference.
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Ouch I bet those are pricy
They have RODI water at my lfs for 0.50$ a gallon you can get it at the grocery store for 0.96$ a gallon istead of buying an RODI system
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Cool ill check it out
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If you don't the salts to premix your LFS also has it mixed already for $0.50 as well. I also have another 5g for just RO/DI water for topping off. I only have a small 29g cube so for now & this will do. If you have a large aquarium then buying the unit is your best bet.

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