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Old 05-15-2006, 05:19 PM   #1
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Are any of you using natural salt water? Are there any benefits or downfalls to using this?
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:24 PM   #2
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well the benefits are definetely cost. Natural salt water is free and plentiful.

The downfalls... pollutants.

You'll hear from time to time about people using ocean water and just doing pwc's every couple of days with a bucket-full. These same people tend to live on the beach and some don't even use any filtration at all.

Good synthetics are designed to give you all your essential trace elements.

IMO, i'd stick with the synthetic.
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:27 PM   #3
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Bummer, cause I could just got to the beach. My LFS also sells natural water, not sure if its cleaned in any way though.

The main reason I ask is that I dont want to shell out for a quality RO/DI just yet, although my tap is good quality compaired to most. Id rather not dechlorinate every week or so when mixing salt.
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:34 PM   #4
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you can buy a $100 dollar 6-stage RO/DI unit from ebay that will save much hassle and at the end of the day...it's a small price to pay for clean water. $100 is relatively a cheap piece of equipment in the SW world, and would go a long way. You can then have the option of buying a $20 float valve that would make your freshwater top-offs a thing of the past.
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I plan on getting one later on when my 60g and sump are done cycleing. Im going to ask if the water there is mixed water or natural next time im in. I need to finish getting all the LR for the 60g before I buy anything like that.
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Have you already started your cycle without all your LR?
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:48 PM   #7
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Ive got about 70lbs in the 60 right now. Im not on a time frame though...dont plan on adding stock for a while.
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make sure you add additional LR slowly to avoid a nutrient spike to avoid causing another nitrogen cycle.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:09 PM   #9
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I was told you could use NSW but not from close to shore. Five miles out or something if I remember. Not worth it to me unless you plan on boating a lot! Shore lines are like the ocean's skimmers they collect a lot of crap. Just go to the beach during spring break!
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:11 PM   #10
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Kinda hard to only go 1 week a year when its down the street

I was told that its "deep sea" water...but I cant be sure since I dont know who is bringing it in.

He supplies everyone in my area so it cant be that bad.....
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