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post #61 of 122 (permalink) Old 09-14-2012, 08:24 PM
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Has anyone found any good deals on Metricide 14 lately? Cheapest I can find now is $25.08 before shipping
Ebay has some its 28 tho' same stuff...1gal/25$ shipped.

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post #62 of 122 (permalink) Old 09-14-2012, 09:11 PM
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Gallon is 26 & change shipped on amazon
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Man, that stuff is going up like gas. I had to shell out 27 and change today.
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Check amazon.com. You can buy it by the quart if you dont need a gallon.

http://www.amazon.com/Glutaraldehyde...d_rhf_se_p_t_2
I thought about the quart but at $16 shipped, that's ALMOST the price of a bottle of excel! But yea, it is hard to get rid of a gallon if your tank is small so I had to split it with a buddy.
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I just calculated this out using Metricide 14 (2.6%) ... someone please check my math ... if I use 10ml/day of Excel .. the equivalent I'd use of Metricide 14 @ 2.6% would be about 6ml/day.

There's 3785 ml in a gallon. So 3785 ml ÷ 6ml = 630 days ÷ 365 days = 1.7 yrs. So a 1 gallon jug would last me about 1-3/4 yr and only cost $24.04 shipped! (ebay item #230818682873 ) That's a huge savings over Excel!!! If I did my math right. LOL

I had to Google the shelf life of Metricide just to make sure it wouldn't expire before I used it all. That didn't help much so I emailed the seller to ask what the expiration date is. I wouldn't have thought of that if I hadn't noticed a couple listings that gave an expiration date .. one for Metricide 14 with expiration of 8/13 .. that one would expire before I could use it all. Mostly I don't want to buy one that's already expired .. you just never know when you buy from that site.
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Hi sowNreap,

Your math is good; 5.8ml is closer but 6.0 is close enough...enjoy the savings and don't add the activator.

I purchase 50% Biological Grade Glutaraldehyde and store it in the downstairs refrigerator; it substantially improves the shelf life.

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DON'T GET THE 28! Its not the same stuff, has soap/detergent added (surficants, that how it goes from 14 day to 28)
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During my Google search I think I read that the biological grade and EC grade (I think that's what it was called) require refrigeration. Think I'll just stick with the 2.6% for now. Who knows ... I may end up going the pressurized co2 route by this time next year. LOL

I saw that the 28 has surfactants but also saw a lot of people that are using it seemingly without problems.?? But rather than take chances just figured I'd use the 15. It's still a huge savings over Excel.

And definitely will NOT use the activator.

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For anyone interested in purchasing the Metricide 14 at $24.04 shipped check out e b a y seller supermedicalsupply or search item #230818682873. I received a reply that the expiration would be a well over 1yr if not 2 yrs .. they have too many in their warehouses to know the exact date. I ordered it Monday afternoon and received it today .. and that's with free shipping! The expiration date on the bottle I received is 8/2014 so no worries there.
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Has anyone found any good deals on Metricide 14 lately? Cheapest I can find now is $25.08 before shipping

I just bought 1 gal at Amazon $27 shipped. The best deal so far.

Dealmed was previously the cheapest and on e--bay but they had gone up to $30-$38.
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Metricide 14

I bought a gallon of Metricide 14 today from Ebay for $29 with free shipping. I'm happy with the price - that gives me almost 2 years of doses for my 90 gal aquarium if I dose straight (2.6%) at 0.5 ml per gallon. That beats paying almost that much for 500 ml of Excel.

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[QUOTE/] at 0.5 ml per gallon [/QUOTE]
That's supposed to be per 10 gal -


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I guess neither of you saw my post right above your where you could get a gallon of Metracide 14 for $24 shipped .. that price has now dropped to $23.80. I realize the price difference isn't much but every dollar adds up.

For anyone else interested in buying some ... as noted in my previous post, on ebay search for item # 230818682873 or seller "supermedicalsupply" . They shipped same day I ordered and I received it the next day and this was free shipping .. of course YMMV although they have warehouses scattered throughout the country.
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Nope - bought before reading this. Will keep it in mind for next time, tho, if it's still there a year or so down the road!

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Nope - bought before reading this. Will keep it in mind for next time, tho, if it's still there a year or so down the road!

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Yeah ... that's me too. I had to Google Metricide shelf life or expiration date to make sure it would stay good until I used it all. The bottle I got has expiration date of 8/2014 .. should be gone by then.
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