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rawlins06
09-25-2014, 11:08 PM
My tank is like 5.5 gallons (Fluval Spec V). With 7lbs of sand and just over 5lbs rock I doubt I even have 5 gallons of water in the thing. Water changes are about 1- 1 1/2 gallons a week. I don't have a heater for just mixing water. I use the one from my tank. And I have a hydrometer that I have no idea how accurate it is. Should I spend the money on a second heater and a refractometer and keep mixing my own salt or is there anywhere around the Springs that sells good premade saltwater?

codeman01
09-25-2014, 11:15 PM
bring a couple 5 gallon buckets with lids to my house and I'll fill you up with ro/di water. you can keep that water and just buy your own salt. problem solved :)
I don't think that's worth buying your own ro/di unit, but get your own salt.

Redneck_Reefer
09-25-2014, 11:22 PM
ditto on what cody said. there are food grade 5 gallon jugs that work nice for RO/DI water transportation. I also have a bag of reef crystals I could part with.

codeman01
09-25-2014, 11:27 PM
BOOM....can't beat that ^^^^ deal!

Redneck_Reefer
09-25-2014, 11:37 PM
BOOM....can't beat that ^^^^ deal!

I wasn't trying to bogart your post. sorry Bro

moerena
09-25-2014, 11:55 PM
Mix your own

rawlins06
09-26-2014, 12:45 AM
Lol. So far I've bought my ro/di water from sea scapes, I've been using the 5 gallon Lowes buckets. I've been buying the IO reef salt from Petsmart because they sell the small boxes. I keep hearing mixed reviews on that salt. I'd like to try Red Sea Coral Pro but one of those big buckets will last me forever.

Levi
09-26-2014, 07:36 AM
How much do you pay for a small box? Get the aqua medic salt it's like $40 for a 200 gallon bucket so it will last you forever and it's very high quality salt. What part of town do you live in? I can give you a ton of Rodi water. Also if the water is going to sit in buckets for an extended period of time I would use the white food grade buckets instead of the colored ones.

rawlins06
09-26-2014, 01:35 PM
Its like $10 for a box to make a little less than 10 gallons. Where do I get food grade buckets? I like in the south part of Fountain.

Redneck_Reefer
09-26-2014, 01:49 PM
Its like $10 for a box to make a little less than 10 gallons. Where do I get food grade buckets? I like in the south part of Fountain.

sporting goods (walmart) has jugs that are meant for drinking water. Personally I like better than buckets.

Levi
09-26-2014, 02:26 PM
sporting goods (walmart) has jugs that are meant for drinking water. Personally I like better than buckets.

+1 good option, the white food grade are at lowes as well i believe in the paint section. They are a little more expensive but not much and are marked food grade. They should not leach phosphates as much as other buckets

static reef
09-26-2014, 03:55 PM
5 gallon gas can are perfect for this as well. Already have a spout and never leak with a handle for transportation anyways

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rawlins06
09-27-2014, 12:18 AM
Thanks! I didn't realize the blue ones could be bad.