Going to mix my own salt with RO after being forced to use the water from 2Oceans ???

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  1. Sammy

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    Hi guys, I not sure if there is anyone in the same position as me, if so I hope to hear from you.

    Since we been not allowed to get water from the research lab anymore (a good few months now) I was forced to use NSW from the 2Oceans, my tank since this has been turned HORRIBLE, loads of cyano and green hair algea all over ????

    I'm going to invest in an RO machine but I would really appreciate if you guys can give me some guidenence on the process of mixing you own water?

    How long should/can it stand ? when to add your new water? Extra additives required when not using NSW ???

    Thanking you in advance for any valuable tips for me.
     
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    The salts usually give guidelines to how much salt to add per 100 litres. What is needed when mixing salt water is a large clean drum, heater and pump. You make your RO water, add your salt, turn the heater and pump on and mix it for a day. Use a hygrometer or refractometer to test the salinity of your mix that it's the same as your tank. No additives are required as a decent salt brand has everything
     
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    Cheers for that it sounds easy enough ??? I hear somewhere about aging the water in a dark place somewhere, is that true or can I add as soon as the salt is mixed through? Will say overnight be sufficient ?
     
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    Hi Sammy the advice given to you by Tony is 100% correct the best to use is salt mix and pls make sure that the pump you using has got a airline connected,try to get the best salt as aquamedic,seachem i always mix 50lts a time using 7-8 cuos of salt to get a salinty of 1026 on my tank, you can opt for 1024-1026
     
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    Ok geat, how long could I store the mixed surplus water for the next water change ? I would guess at least I would leave the pump running while storing, I'm sure it would be ok to switch off the heater?
     
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    Yes bra you can store very long aswell as remove the heater as the pumps generate heat, and store in a dark place
     
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    It seems decent although you won't need the large drum to collect water. My only concern is the quality of the sediment and carbon filter as well as the RO membrane. One should strive for zero TDS although up to 3ppm is acceptable. Speak to waterboy who is a sponsor on the forum and specialises in RO units. Let him quote you. At least his are designed for marine aquariums and not drinking
     
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    Thanks Tony, the woman I spoke to told me the TDS readings for the filtered was is 3 ppm which I guess is good for our systems? Just that this is a very good price but I don't want to spend money on something thats inferior quality :-(
     
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    Tony has giving you the best advice...And why you settle for 3ppm when you can have 0ppm
     
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    You could probably get one from the Waterboy for the same price however if you're happy with it then go for it. Just make sure that there is no remineralisation cartridge which is common on Ro units designed for drinking purposes. It essentially places minerals back into the water that the reverse osmosis removes but without the heavy metals and chlorine. If there is one, ask whether it can be removed
     
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