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Old 09-07-2005, 08:03 PM   #11
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Well, I won't get into the great salt debate but I mix my own saltwater and have never had to supplement. I was just throwing it out there for you. I do think it's better to mix your own and yes, a good salt mix will have all the trace elements in it for you.
Mysid is fine though I'm sure your fish would prefer a variety. There are lots of marine frozen foods. When feeding your mysid(or other frozen foods), thaw it in some tank water and drain it before feeding it out. That may help some. The water you drain off is full of phosphates.
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Yeah I used to drain my fish food first and then got lazy. I will have to start doing it again, starting tonight.

I might also take onboard your suggestion for salt mix. Are there any best-practice tips to keep in mind when mixing?
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Just be sure to mix it about 24hrs ahead of time. Add a heater and powerhead to your mixing vessel. This will make sure the salt is good and desolved and the water is well aerated, as well as bringing it up to temps and ready for your tank.
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Okay pretty much what I thought. I tried this once and then didn't have the confidence to use it, but I think I will start trying this. I have a spare heater so that's no problem and a power head I will have to see if I can pinch one from a mate or something. I have 2 x 1500L/hr ones but they're in the tank.

So you recon the CA and KH levels should be fine on the mix?

What if the mix is cloudy after 24 hours of preparation?
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Yes, a good salt mix should take care of the KH and CA levels. If the salt mix is cloudy after 24hrs then it might be old or have drawn moisture and needs replaced.
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Old 09-08-2005, 09:28 AM   #16
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Okay well I measured the phosphates and they are at 0.25. This is what they have "always" been at. I have even put in a double dose of the phosphate absorber and it still stays there.

Any thoughts? I have started to defrost my food now and then drain it into a net over the sink again, will pay very close attention to the KH levels and will do weekly water changes, maybe even bi-weekly ones.

I am going to replace my aquarium glass since it has a fracture in it, so would this be an ideal time to do something tricky to help eliminate the problem?
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