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Old 03-14-2014, 01:01 AM   #1
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Salt mixing

Just curious of how everyone else figures out how much salt for each gallon?

I use a scale and weigh for each gallon, but I feel/hope there is a faster way..
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I use a solo cup that I've marked with how much salt makes 2.5g and another for 5 to 1.026. But I run nanos and rarely find my self making up more than 10g at a time
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:06 AM   #3
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Rule of thumb is half baking cup per one gallon of water.
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Rule of thumb is half baking cup per one gallon of water.

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.
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RODI water to the top ridge on my 20g Brute can + 9 1 cup scoops of salt = 1.025 SG. I check and add salt or water as needed from there.
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Every salt brand can be 'different' on how much they say it'll take. I use a glass measuring cup to get the amount they recommend per gallons. Some need a tad more, some a tad less. If I'm over I just slowly add more ro and slowly salt if I'm under.
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Okay thank you everyone! I will def be trying out the measuring cup .. Sounds a lot easier than weighing out 165 grams per gallon .. I just bought an RO unit and can mix more gallons at a time now and was wanting a faster way which seems to be the measuring cup! Appreciate all the answers!

Does anyone mix days before? And heat it?
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They need to mix 24-48 hours ahead of time and yes a heater would be a good idea. Mixes better in warmer water.
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They need to mix 24-48 hours ahead of time

Depends on what mix one uses. Red Sea recommends 30 mins to 4 hrs. Mine is usually ready within 20 mins.
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Does anyone mix days before? And heat it?

You can mix days before. My LFS recommends storing saltwater in dark room temperature spot. Heater on if necessary to bring the heat up as close to tank temp as possible.
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