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    cycled salt water????

    is there a place in the GTA where i can buy cycle salt water???

    thanks

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    are you just looking for new pre-mixed salt water?? most LFS's will sell this by the gallon. or are you looking for water from an established system?? IMO it isn't worth buying used water, it could have as much bad as good in it. if you start with all new water and some nice LR you will be on your way in no time.
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    yes.....im looking for a new pre-mixed salt water.

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    just call any aquarium store close to you and ask, most sell it by the gallon.

    get them to show you the SG. how much do you need??
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    thanks a4....ill be starting up a 29G biocube and that is what i was thinking of putting in there. just not comfortable mixing the salt and water yet....maybe when i get familiar with this hobby then i'll just do it myself. what is "SG"...is that the salinity level??? what is a good level??

    thanks again....

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    SG is Specific Gravity and is a representation of the salinity of your water. for a reef tank you want a SG of 1.024 to 1.026, for fish only you can go lower. mixing SW is really pretty easy and if the tank is empty you can do it directly in the tank, then for water changes you can just do it in a 5G pail.

    do have a refractometer? ( measures SG and critical piece of equipment for SW )

    do you have a RODI system?

    if not where are you going to get your top up water?
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    ...this is getting complicated already. i dont have a refractometer yet but i will for sure get one. i can get this at any fish store right???? i dont have a RODI...do i need that if im mixing the salt water myself??? i can top it off with those pre mixed salt water right??? sorry a4....im really new at this stuffs...ill need all the help i can get. what kind of water do i need if ever i decided on mixing the saltwater myself?

    thanks a lot

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    no need to be sorry, we're here to help :b2:

    a refractometer can be purchased at most LFS's and there are a few sponsors here that sell them through the mail. when water evaporates from your system you need to replace it with pure water only. the salt is still in the tank so adding more SW would increase your SG.

    IMO you should use RODI water for a reef, people who use tap water usually end up a lot of algae from silicates / nitrates / phosphates found in our drinking water. if you don't want to invest in a system, you can purchase this water at most LFS's as well as their pre-mixed SW. the problem with this is you don't know when they last changed their filters and the SG of their SW may not match you tank.

    with only a 29G tank you could probably get away with buying 5G's of RODI water for top up and have it last a week to two then for water changes, buy another 5G's to mix up to your required levels.

    HTH and keep asking quesitons, it how we learn :b16:

    if the acronyms are getting confusing, check out this thread
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    thanks so much a4....so i guess it will be better if i just mix my own SW then??? will i be able to do it straight in the tank ??? so just to make sure....i will need RODI water which i can get off any LFS and the salt right?? which salt you recomend???

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    I have a TDS meter and tested the distilled water you can purchase in the 4L jugs at the supermarket and it tested 0 PPM.. just a thought if you were looking for water to use for mixing or top up.. you can get the large jugs from any drinking water place..

    Refractometers on EBay are pretty cheap too for testing your Specific Gravity (SG).. around $35..

    as far as mixing.. the instructions are on the pails of salt mixes like Instant Ocean or Reef Crystals..

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