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Old 05-30-2006, 07:11 PM   #1
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Mixing salt, Hot or Cold?

When you all mix your salt do you use hot or cold water? Ive found it to be quite difficult to get everything to disolve when using cold water. Even when having it mixed with a power head for a day or two there are still salt particle floating.
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Old 05-30-2006, 07:43 PM   #2
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what i do is use cold however, i stirr the water viguriously (spelling) for about 5 mins but this stage all the ph buffers and salt have fully disolved.
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I would be changing salt mixes. That is one of the reasons I use oceanic..mixes almost instantly.
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Thanks, Ill give it a try. Do you dose anything with oceanic?
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I dont dose anything, my ph stays stable at 8.0
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I pre mix my water for at least 24 hours. I use a PH and heater. !st I try to get the temp around the same as my tank. Then I mix the salt, check the salinity and add more salt or water as needed. If you use a PH while premixing, the pH should stabalize, or at least be close. I use instant ocean for my salt. The reason I warm up the water is so the salt dissolves more quickly and I can get a good salinity reading, before I go to bed. Different people use different salt, my LFS has IO (instant ocean), so ,that's just my supply and demand, but I haven't had any problems. IO dissolves pretty well, but I have to stir it if I put too much in at a time. I don't does either. I did at first because I couldn't get the pH up, but that was beacuse I wasn't using a PH at that time.
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:15 PM   #7
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yup i use instant ocean also.
i have not had an issue with it yet.
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I dont dose anything, my ph stays stable at 8.0
isn't 8.0 a little low? I know if everything looks good and is stable then don't mess with it but from what I read here and there, 8.3 is the norm to shoot for. the reason I bring it up is, my 55 is stable at 8.0 and not much will change that. not different salt, water type, buffers. I have tried them all. 8.0 is all I get out of it.
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Mine stayed at 7.8 until i removed the lid and added an over the tank light and adjusted my PH for a little more water movement. Now it stays at 8.3. I have read, as long as it stays stable and within an acceptable range, you should be good.
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8.0 is a perfect pH. Mine has always stayed steady at 8.0 using IO salt. I mix it in heated water, the same as my tank water. I let it sit overnight with a powerhead running.
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