Making saltwater

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12 Aug 2013 16:33 #1 by McQuaid (Mark McQuaid)
Hi guys

Considering making my own saltwater, anyone any tips? Is it possible to do it with tap water or only RO water??? Ideally I'd rather use tap water for the ease of it

My other equipment other than a pump I need?

240 litre mixture of cichlids

55 litre marine tank currently holding a few coral and clean up crew

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12 Aug 2013 18:21 #2 by davey_c (dave clarke)
Ye can only use r/o, a neighbour of mine used tap water against my advice and had no end of trouble. Your supose to check the salinity at a certain temp too, I can't remember off hand because I just have a spare heater to get my water too it but don't have a thermometer in with it but a powerhead it handy.

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13 Aug 2013 09:08 #4 by McQuaid (Mark McQuaid)
Ok, Question answered, i aint using tap water, doesnt seem to be worth the risk

So any tips on making it with RO? is there an ideal quantity to make at a time? also, my current set up is running at a low SG that i want to raise, its at 1.021, if i make a strong mix like 1.027 or something, and then do a 30% water change, will that even it out?? just wondering

240 litre mixture of cichlids

55 litre marine tank currently holding a few coral and clean up crew

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31 Aug 2013 22:58 #5 by carlowchris (chris)
I try' cycling my tank with tap water and put all the chemicals that everyone recommended in it and still ended up with a tank full of death

ever since for security I've bought my water from seahorse but I was thinking of mixing my own but ,to buy a water butt, an ro unit,salt and a pump to mix and with water charges coming in,would there be any saving???


is it worth the hassle???

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31 Aug 2013 23:16 #6 by jeff (Jeff Scully)
Replied by jeff (Jeff Scully) on topic Making saltwater
Never use tap water ever, buying a r/o unit and salt seems expensive but over the year buying it ready made and petrol costs and miles On the car it's cheaper to make it yourself and never mix it over 1.026

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