Salt Mix vs Sea Water

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by LCornelius, 14 Nov 2010.

  1. LCornelius

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    Hi all,

    I read many articles on the net and both had some pro's and con's.

    I'm aware that all of you don't have access to sea water, so you are happy with salt mix.

    What is your take on this matter?
    Which is better, sea water or salt mix with RO water?
     
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  3. powderblue

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    sea water much cheaper and easier:peroni:
     
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  5. ZaxXx

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    I was awaiting a question like this. . . since a friend of mine from Durban who has the ENTIRE ocean water to his disposal insists on mixing his own salt water.
    His argument is that he believs "the ocean water is not ideal for our tanks since it is loaded with pollution and toxins"

    ? ? ?
     
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    There are quite a few thread here on MASA which have already covered this. Makes interesting reading.
     
  7. LCornelius

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    Did some searching on the forum, but did not find any. Would you please point me in the right direction?

    Thanks :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks Chikaboo!
     
  10. Tremayn

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    i guess with sea water u cant b too sure whats in it. Coz u hear about sewerage spills and shit like that ;) ... But it would b cool if u had a house by the beach to have a pump pumping fresh water from the ocean constantly to ur tank.. 100% water change every hour :p ... also u would need less powerheads for flow ;)
     
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  11. lIghty

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    cheers Chika
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  12. HenkHugo

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    Can you please spell properly? If you post in sms shorthand it makes your post extremely difficult to read
     
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    Sorry yo, using my phone here.

    I said "I guess with sea water you can't be too sure whats in it. Because you hear about sewerage spills and shit like that ... But it would be cool if you had a house by the beach to have a pump pumping fresh water from the ocean constantly to your tank.. 100% water change every hour ... Also you would need less powerheads for flow" .. Better?
     
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    much :lol::thumbup:
     
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    Natural Sea Water is the best if - You collect at the right time - High Tide
    There hasnt been any heavy storms that might bring alot of rubbish from rivers.
    With NSW you will be introducing stuff like plancton but could also introduce disease aswell like oodinium and whitespot. The best place to collect seawater is from a boat far from the shore. I used to do water changes with sea water for the first six months but now that i am getting lazy and have an R.O machine i use the Deltec salt.
     
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    I will be able collect NSW at high tide, but will only be able to go waist high into the water. Would that still be fine?
     
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    why is high tide the best time?
     
  18. Mauritius-aquarist

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    Depending on the region where the NSW is taken, if its taken near reefs and far from industrial places nothing comes close to NSW. For example I use NSW near reefs, the water is crystal clear, well oxygenated, imo the best water!!!!

    But if u can't afford that kind of water, its better u prepare ur water with RO..its more decent!;)
     
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    With High Tide you got fresh water that is clean coming in. If you gonna collect water then you dont have to go waist deep unless you want to suffer hypothermia:razz: jus collect it away from any rivers and storm water drains.
     
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    i dont think that is always true. Got to factor in wind direction etc as well.
     
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    Agree, and also, with high tide it tends to "pick up" the crap lying on the beach
     
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