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I know that I am pro IO salt, but lately, I have been having some problems with it.
If I mix it and let it agitate for 24 hours there is nothing wrong with the batch. Nice and clean.
If I mix it up and let it agitate for 48 hours or more, it is calcium precipitation city. I come in this morning to do a water change on the 40. I had made up the water on Friday and wanted to let it mix through the weekend and then do the water change on Monday. When I lifted the lid off the can, there was, "white stuff" was floating everywhere. My two powerheads were covered in white, my thermometer was covered in white and my heater was covered in white. Basically it looked like it was snowing in the can.
Why is it, that I can mix it for 1 day and have no problem? But if I mix it for more than 24 hours, calcium starts precipitating like it's no ones business.
I did a pH check on the water. It came out to 8. Then did a KH
check and it came out to 10.5 dKH
. I didn't do a calcium test but I assume it would have come out to around 350-375 which is what they all have come out to in the past. I know this is out of ionic balance, but these are the same parameters in my display and I have not had this problem there...
Very weird indeed. I don't know why mixing it like this is causing this problem. Am I adding the salt to the water to fast???