Originally Posted by Lexilove
Okay I'm confused about the water. Could I treat water like freshwater then mix the salt? Or should I just go look for a lfs
that can mix some? I don't have much money so I need to spend as little as possible with out being cheap, if that makes sense...
You can buy pre mixed salt from your LFS
or mix it yourself. Me personally I get it every week from my buddy who owns a mom and pop fish shop. He uses Instant Ocean Reef Crystals.
Petco sells pre mixed water as well. For top offs you can use distilled water from say the food store or CVS.
You'll need a refractometer to measure your salinity to make sure your matching it at the time of your water change.
They do have what's called a hydrometer which is far less accurate BUT I do understand budget and a lot of beginners use one at first then bump up to the fracto. I used a hydro for the longest time.