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Old 03-14-2014, 06:39 PM   #11
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Okay thanks, I'll be doing that also ... And I use Instant Ocean Reef crystals
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Old 03-14-2014, 06:57 PM   #12
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Agreed. I think most brands use that and it is usually stated on the bag or tub.

I use a 1 cup scoop, take the number of gallons I am mixing, divide by two and that's how many scoops I add. I always double check the salinity with a refractometer once it's mixed just to be sure it ended up where I wanted it.

Agreed, about 1/2 scoop per gallon. 13 scoops make 25 gallons. Always test before use. I let it sit for 24 hours or more.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:05 AM   #13
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RedSea actually says not to mix beyond 4 hours. I actually use a scale and weigh out 750g per 5 gallons yields 1.025 SG.
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RedSea actually says not to mix beyond 4 hours. I actually use a scale and weigh out 750g per 5 gallons yields 1.025 SG.

I achieve the same result with 3 cups of Red Sea Coral Pro on a standard 5gal white jug they use at fish stores.
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Old 03-15-2014, 03:57 PM   #15
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I worked out what weight worked for my needs on little kitchen baking scales, just a little trial and error till I got the right mixture. Now I know the exact weight of salt I need to add to every gallon of water I'm making up.
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:25 PM   #16
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RedSea actually says not to mix beyond 4 hours. I actually use a scale and weigh out 750g per 5 gallons yields 1.025 SG.
I did not know that. I've always noticed it mixed fast but for some reason thought it was better to let it mix over night.
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:45 PM   #17
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That's odd. It must have something in it that doesn't last long. That raises my interest because I am not fond of some additives. This is reported as very good salt, but I'm wondering why the 4 hours. Most brands can easily be stored days or even weeks if agitated and in a dark container.
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I use a measuring cup, I usually change 15 gallons a week, so it comes out to about 7.5 cups.. I mix mines before I start, let my pump circulate the water.. By the time I'm done siphoning the water to change out, it's usually good to go..
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For the time question: I have stored my water in a large glass container for weeks. Hmm, the fish in that glass container don't seem to mind the water being over 4 hrs old. Seems like a weird thing to say, not letting the water rat for longer than thAt.

As for prepping water, as I change salts each time I use trial and error. I do a 16 gal change so I add 14 gals of water and the recommended dose for that. Put my spare heater in there and the pump I use for the water change and leave it over night. Next morning I check salinity and once it's ok, I add enough salt for the full 16 gals and let it mix a hour or 2. Then I add the rest of the water watching the salinity drop as I do it. I stop at around 1.0252 on my digital monitor ( I love that thing).
After the first time with the new salt I right down how many cups I added.

Mixing high initially then bringing it down is easier than tweaking salinity up.
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