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Old 12-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #61
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Your LFS should sell jugs of it. BUT if you plan on keeping your tank any extended length of time, buying an rodi unit and making your own saltwater is def cheaper


How hard is that??
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:54 PM   #62
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I was reading. That once your tank is setup and running you only need to do a water change once a month, is this right?????
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:09 PM   #63
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No that's not right. There are certain people that have systems setup with oversized filtration and no4 removers but that's a TON of money. Majority of hobbyists do either a small weekly water change (myself) or a larger bi-weekly water change. As for the rodi unit, it's as simple as mounting somewhere near a water line, buying a rodi water container, and plumbing in 3 lines (product, waste and supply. There are auto shut off valves and auto flush kits and gpd upgrades but you could always venture into that once you are comfortable
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:12 PM   #64
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How hard is that??
If you don't want to purchase a RODI yet ,
The alternative is to purchase ro or RODI water from a store or water machine .
Mixing the salt is very easy .
You will need either a refractometer or hydrometer , a hydrometer will work but not the most accurate device for measuring .
All I can suggest is price the difference , if you want to go the route like the rest of us and mix your own to physically do it yourself is the easiest way to learn .
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:38 PM   #65
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If you don't want to purchase a RODI yet , The alternative is to purchase ro or RODI water from a store or water machine . Mixing the salt is very easy . You will need either a refractometer or hydrometer , a hydrometer will work but not the most accurate device for measuring . All I can suggest is price the difference , if you want to go the route like the rest of us and mix your own to physically do it yourself is the easiest way to learn .

How do i go about learning the right way to mix.?
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:46 PM   #66
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How do i go about learning the right way to mix.?
The instructions are on the bucket .
Always add the salt to the water , not the other way .
Start off by mixing it with less salt then test .
To adjust salinity add salt gradually till it is dissolved and reads 1.026 or 35ppt
That is the highest . Recommended for reefs .
Fish only you can mix It to 1.021
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I buy salt water from my LFS because it's convenient for me, I am lucky it's only a 10 kin drive away - I fill up 4x 25litre jugs (3 salt 1 RO-DI) so it's a once a month trip for me. So if it's convenient for you then go for it. FYI I do 10% water changes weekly. Dangers In going to the LFS monthly? I always come out with my water and a bagful of corals
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:25 PM   #68
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I buy salt water from my LFS because it's convenient for me, I am lucky it's only a 10 kin drive away - I fill up 4x 25litre jugs (3 salt 1 RO-DI) so it's a once a month trip for me. So if it's convenient for you then go for it. FYI I do 10% water changes weekly. Dangers In going to the LFS monthly? I always come out with my water and a bagful of corals
The bag full of corals
Was the key word lol
I haven't made a trip to the LFS without spending less then $150
This is why I mix my water .
It's a obsession as mentioned before .
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Yeah I would be homeless if I had to go to my LFS for sw.
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You?? lol I go through a couple hundred gallons a month right now. I LOVE my BRS ro/di unit. Its probably my favorite fish tank purchase! Right there above my refractometer. lol
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