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Old 11-01-2015, 12:58 AM   #2991
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Dissolving salt into water is mildly exothermic.

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Old 11-01-2015, 08:07 AM   #2992
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I'm talking about BEFORE any water was added. I mean you could feel the side of the buckets at the store and they were hot to the touch.
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Before?? That is very odd... Mine is not warm to the touch at all, before or after opening.
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I agree with doug ., some of this stuff is hot when you're scooping it out of the bucket


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Dary's tank!

IMO, the only way it could be generating heat is if some moisture is interacting with the salt. Dry salt produces no exothermic heat unless placed into solution. A bucket of salt that has sat for 4-6 months since packaged, should have no residual heat until moisture is introduced.

It's also the reason that salt which has hardened from moisture exposure is okay for a fish only system, but in a reef where you are balancing ionic levels of alk/cal/mg you might not want to use caked salt as the moisture has started a reaction in the salt.


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I dunno...I have used some driveway heat that was hot to the touch too, right out of the bag.
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It's reacting to atmospheric moisture. Calcium chloride gets pretty hot when exposed to water.


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With a bit of optimistic caution I slowly started my skimmer relocation and re plumbing under the tank build ,....first I had to rebuild the little area that once held my 50 gal barrel containing what ever water I was mixing up for my pwc ( usually 15-20 gal) I had to build a small but sturdy little stand into that very tight and totally uneven little area that will now hold my brand new virtually indestructible little skimmer barrel and over the top of that a smaller 30 gal barrel that will hold my pwc water which will now be fitted with a bulkhead and and ball valve and will be operated via newton's gravity .
I'm still waiting on the arrival of a bulk Reef supply filter sock assembly and a couple of more bulkheads and ball valves before I can proceed anymore ,...next Monday is going to be the biggie when I cut the main aquarium drain and start all the plumbing ,hopefully I've done all my homework and figured out everything correctly ,..fingers crossed !!!


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Can't wait to see it all put together. Plumbing is part of the fun.


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Can't wait to see it all put together. Plumbing is part of the fun.


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Yes it is ,..BUT ,... You only get one shot at it before the glue dries ,... ( enter "nervous nelly" ) ..In actuality the way I've got it configured , I'll be able to bypass the whole skimmer section ( if necessary ) and return everything to the way it " was " by the mere closer of a single ball valve .
I'm actually trying to simplify things and trying to make everything kind of bullet proof at the same time ,... Fingers crossed and beer in the refrigerator !!!


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