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Old 03-22-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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Is it a bad idea to buy a lot of salt that will last a long time?

I have a 20 gallon tank and use 2-3 gallons of salt water per week. On Amazon I can buy a 25 gallon Instant Ocean salt package for $15. I can buy a 200 gallon package for $40 but it will take a year to use it all. Is it bad to buy that much and store it for that long?
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Buying salt in advance is fine


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If your buying the 200g box I recommend you get a 5g bucket along with a tight cover to store it ,
the slightest moisture will make it hard as a rock .
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If your buying the 200g box I recommend you get a 5g bucket along with a tight cover to store it ,
the slightest moisture will make it hard as a rock .

And yes it will be very bad. My very first bag of salt turned into a brick because I didn't store it properly. It was horrible. But last Black Friday I bought 3 of the 200gal boxes of the instant ocean salt mix because they were on sale. Properly stored they will be fine


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If your buying the 200g box I recommend you get a 5g bucket along with a tight cover to store it ,
the slightest moisture will make it hard as a rock .
^^^ This and these lids work pretty good;
Leaktite Screw Top Black Lid for 5-Gal. Pail (Pack of 3)-209299 - The Home Depot
they have two pieces with gasket seals, an outer rim and the center screw part and fit any 5 gallon bucket. you need a rubber mallet to pound the lid rim on though...LOL
being able to screw the lid on and off and still having a good seal is a big bonus.
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I buy the boxes. The boxes contain 4 bags of 50 gallons worth of salt. I put 2 bags into a bucket with a lid and leave the others on the shelf unopened until needed.

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