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Old 09-13-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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Salt mix residue

Wasn't sure where to post this but as the title says.. alot white residue. So I use red sea pro and I really like the salt however, after mixing a couple 5 gallon containers I noticed this white residue on the bottom of my containers as on the sides. i can get my hands inside and it feels sticky and not to easy to remove. whats the best way of cleaning this?
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Well I am not going to lie I did not read the whole article but I did read through most of it.. Maybe I just missed it some where but how should I clean this white chalky residue? .. I didn't come across cleaning this in the article. good info by the way.
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I have the same salt mix and the same problem LOL

What I usually do is leaving about 3-5 inch of water in my 35g can and spill that out into the driveway. Don't want any leftover high salt residue in my tank water. Than I leave the can lying on the side and use my hose to hose down the inside with high water pressure (when u adjust the nozzle u hit that thin stream with high pressure). That takes care of a lot. The rest just needs a lot of elbow grease and a scrubber designated to this job. Make sure it's a scrubber that doesn't dissolve when in contact with saltwater. Then rinse again. I usually do that every other time I have to fill em up.

The 5g Home Depot buckets are usually easier to clean. U may find some discoloration on the inside from the salt mix. That's ok
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Wow, thought about switching to this salt. Hmmmm, think gonna stay with TM. I never get any residue.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:53 PM   #6
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Wow, thought about switching to this salt. Hmmmm, think gonna stay with TM. I never get any residue.
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They all do it to some extent. Most of it is undissolved calcium products. I small splash of white vinegar should break it up, just rinse the bucket well after use. Instant ocean is bad about doing it. Their Reef Crystals seem to dissolve better.
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Will read up on Tropic Marine but I get great results with my RS pro for reefs, don't really mind the residue
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Vinegar huh.. Ill give that a try.. Along with high pressure hose as well.
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