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Old 12-08-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Super high salinity!!!

I am cycling my tank and just tested salinity and its at 1.032+! Will this kill all my bacteria? Please help!
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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I am cycling my tank and just tested salinity and its at 1.032+! Will this kill all my bacteria? Please help!
Ideally you want it at 1.026 or lower .
I think you will have wild readings seeing as all other parameters are all over ( ammonia )
I believe I read that these parameters can give inaccurate readings if using a hydrometer .
I would probably take some water out and replace with fresh RODI water .
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Ideally you want it at 1.026 or lower .
I think you will have wild readings seeing as all other parameters are all over ( ammonia )
I believe I read that these parameters can give inaccurate readings if using a hydrometer .
I would probably take some water out and replace with fresh RODI water .
But will it kill the BB? I am making 5g right now to lower it.
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Read some online and it says that high salinity is only dangerous to fish and inverts. Is this true? Or does it kill the BB too?
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I just tested my salinity,
It's at 1.027
I took some out and added fresh RODI water ,
Will the elevated salt cause any issues ?
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I just added 3g of SW and 3 of RODI, SG is at 1.026
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Are you using a hydrometer or refractometer? Thems some big swings in salinity, I don't think it will harm your cycling tank but you certainly need to work out the cause of the swing because livestock won't be able to handle that
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If a hydrometer tap it on a table a couple of times to get it right.air bubbles get under it.
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had a friend who didn't know to add fresh water to top up the tank and always kept using saltwater to top up..... needless to say, the salinity was that high it killed every living/breathing thing in her tank.... buttttt the BB was all still fine.
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