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Old 04-28-2013, 10:33 PM   #11
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So you used tap water?

You didn't get R/O water from the lfs?
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:38 PM   #12
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I have my own RODI system..... I just had 6 buckets pre-filled with RODI ready to go.

Now, at any given time, I keep enough saltwater mixed to either do a (nearly) complete water change in an emergency, or fill a 20g QT tank if needed, plus I keep those 6 buckets full of RODI to immediately refill the can.
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Sounds like you have a very good setup there.


I don't have a rodi unit so I get my water from the lfs. Obviously this won't be an issue when my tank is full as I will only be needing one 5g bucket for water changes every 2 weeks.
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An RODI unit is in your future.... I can about guarantee it. You will eventually get tired of running to the lfs for water, especially if you have to do a large emergency pwc for some reason.

But, yes, for now, you will need about 6 or 7 buckets to get water home for your tank.
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What about if I used water from the tap with a filter on the tap. Then used water conditioner from my lfs. Then mix in salt.

Or is water from the tap going to have all sort of nasty things init?
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You definitely do not want to use tap water..... it does have way too many nasties in it that a regular household sediment/carbon filter is not going to remove.
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Looks like six 5 gallon buckets then.


Seems such a waste that when I'm done with them they won't be used anymore.
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Well, you'll need them again once the cycle is done to do a large water change. Then, when you go to the lfs, take them all with you and get them refilled, that way you have numerous water changes worth always on hand, and you'll also need to keep RODI readily available to do daily top-offs from evaporation..... not a waste, IMO. You might actually be surprised how fast 6 buckets of RODI can go, even with a small tank.
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Ok so how long can I keep saltwater in buckets before it starts to go 'bad' or is no use?
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If you keep a sealed lid on it, it can actually sit for a while. Once your tank is filled, I would recommend filling your buckets with non-salted RODI, get some salt, a small powerhead and heater, and then mix your own saltwater as needed. You will need the un-salted RODI for evaporation top-offs.....
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