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Old 07-29-2012, 07:06 AM   #11
 
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I just replace water evaporation. I do a water change like once every 3-4 months, just for trace elements.
This agrees with my personal choice also. I do, however, monitor alkalinity religiously between water changes.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:59 AM   #12
 
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This agrees with my personal choice also. I do, however, monitor alkalinity religiously between water changes.
I must have misunderstood. I thought there was concern about the salt going away. With water changes, I was speaking about trying to keep levels safe so that they didn't just keep building. In any event, you are the saltwater experts. Sorry for any confusion.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:33 PM   #13
 
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This agrees with my personal choice also. I do, however, monitor alkalinity religiously between water changes.
Yes sir. Agree here also. I did not mention, that I monitor the whole slew of Water Parameters.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:38 PM   #14
 
I feel like if you just bought some instant ocean and a 5 gallon pail, and then bought your R/o water from the store you could mix your own salt water fresh at home when you need it without the need of cords running all over. and taking up space.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:36 AM   #15
 
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I feel like if you just bought some instant ocean and a 5 gallon pail, and then bought your R/o water from the store you could mix your own salt water fresh at home when you need it without the need of cords running all over. and taking up space.
Yes I may start doing that at some point but I would still need to run cables for the power head and heater for the mixing... It would work out cheaper than using it ready mixed!
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:42 AM   #16
 
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Yes I may start doing that at some point but I would still need to run cables for the power head and heater for the mixing... It would work out cheaper than using it ready mixed!
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No you wouldn't. Just use one gallon jugs, and shake it up. Once its mixed up your going to use it. No need to let it sit, your not doing a huge water change. Let sit for the normal 24 hours then use. No fuss no muss.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:32 AM   #17
 
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Hmmmm really? So how long would you need to shake it for? Then it would need to sit for 24 hours before adding to the tank right?

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Old 07-30-2012, 02:50 PM   #18
 
What you would do is add alittle salt at a time, shaking it up inbetween. You would just shake it until its mixed well. Not long at all, kinda like shaking up chocolate milk in a jug. Leave it sit without a top on it, it needs to breath, for 24 hours. Give it alittle shake before using it. You'll be good to go.
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