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Old 08-29-2003, 01:15 PM   #11
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My deep six is spot on to my new refractometer. :|

I use instant ocean salt which is supposed to be a rapid desolving but it still took about 24hrs for the salanity to quit rising. I guess it needs to completely dissolve.

a piece of advice, take a min of 3 measurements for I've gotten some way out of whack readings before. You get 2 or 3 the same and call it good. Also be sure to wash it completely with freshwater after each use. The moisture left inside will evaporate leaving the salt which will drastically obscure the next readings.

I would also assume that alot of your salt fell to the sand before it was disolved. I premixed mine, poured it in an empty tank and still ended up with salt laying on the bottom.

I also find that circulating the water w/o a canister or HOB type of filter, only prolongs the cloudiness. You're not allowing the particals to settle with the circulation.
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I'm pretty sure dogofwar meant rinse with FRESH water, which is what you want to do.

in terms of cloudiness from salt.. you don't want it to settle, you want it to disolve into the water. if the salt settles and doesn't get disolved i'd be worried about a sudden spike in salinity if something stirs up the settled salt in the future.
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I think the best way to mix your salt whether it be in the tank for a new set up or in a bucket for water changes is to use PH to mix it up. Let it run for a few hrs or even a day or so, the water will constantly be moving and the salt will mix better. You won't have to worry about settling salt and lots of fluctuations in readings when testing it. Also, make sure it is at the temperature of your tank when tanking the readings as well.
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Also be sure to wash it completely with saltwater after each use
I'm pretty sure dogofwar meant rinse with FRESH water, which is what you want to do.

in terms of cloudiness from salt.. you don't want it to settle, you want it to disolve into the water. if the salt settles and doesn't get disolved i'd be worried about a sudden spike in salinity if something stirs up the settled salt in the future.
YEP, my bad, SW would defeat the whole purpose.
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Old 08-30-2003, 03:13 PM   #15
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It's clear!

I just dropped a powerhead in, and the tank clouded up again...it's slowly clearing up though.
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IMO, this is probably from two reasons, some salt that had settled originaly, and perhaps some sand/silt is beign kicked up from the new PH. it will certianly clear up.. you should be well on your way.
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