Originally Posted by baron1282
I don't see how paying $2.50 cents for 5 gallons of water is breaking the bank on water. I spend around $8 dollars for water every two weeks. So on average I am paying $16 dollars a month for RO
When you factor in buying $60 dollars of salt and doing 20% water changes I am not spending that much at all for water changes. I don't have a job right now, and my income is limited but I have always found money for water changes.
Being I had the tank before I got laid off, It's still my responsibility to take care of the animals that I purchased. So I just don't see why anyone would say buying 15 gallons of water to change 10% of the water is somehow going to ruin them or they are not able to do it. I know Wal-Mart has RO
stations as do most major grocery stores.
I can see how it could get really expensive if you had a tank bigger than 90 gallons. but I think anything lower than 90 gallons, twenty gallons of RO
water is going to be all you need to do water changes with. I bought 5 buckets from Home Depot and I use them to fill the water up at my Kroger. As long as their clean containers you should have no issue with the store on filling them up.
well, if you see it from my point of view maybe you will start to understand a bit. like i mentioned before i have had several successful FW
tanks that don't require the need of RO
water, always straight from the tap = Free. When i started my first SW
tank, i thought a box of sea salt would carry me for at least some time, but i didn't realize that it's only good for 10gal. that's my bad and lack of research into the topic of salinity when it comes to SW
. I never said anything about being irresponsible for the animals/fish that i purchased. in fact, i haven't had any since i understand i need to go through the careful process of cycling. i understand that SW
is generally more expensive than FW
and the title of the thread might have a bit of exaggeration, but the fact of paying for just the water
never crossed my mind and the salt that's necessary to reach a certain salinity really didn't settle down until i bought my first box of salt.
if you know how i have kept my FW
tanks you would understand how much care i go into for each of the tanks that i have. just the number of live food that i cultured or bought would surprise you. it's not everyday where you can culture your own mysis shrimp or brine shrimps or blackworms, something i don't expect you or anyone to do with the exception to the most dedicated hobbyists. i'm not implying you're ignorant or so, but i just hope that you understand where i came from. although i'm a noob when it comes to SW
, but i have kept fish long enough to understand what they need and require in order to thrive in a closed system.