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Old 10-20-2012, 06:31 PM   #41
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How much salt did you use? Taste it and see if it reminds you of ocean water (if you've been) seriously lol. It could be your hydrometer.. I've heard of them being WAY off which is why I swear by refractometers...so maybe you should wait til yours arrives to proceed :/
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:40 PM   #42
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I put 35 cups, the directions said .5 cup per gallon. I tested it against small batch of saltwater and it was fine, also tap reads 0. Maybe I miss counted my 3 year old was screaming about the snow storm in the tank, she wanted to make a snowman.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:49 PM   #43
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You may have counted right but when mixing so much water weight is a better method of measurement since when you fill up a cup it could be a lil more or a lil less each time depending on how packed it is. Then multiply that 35x and you could end up way off.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:53 PM   #44
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I grew up actually on the beach, our house was waterfront property, it definitely is REALLY salty. Not what I used to taste growing up. I'll keep diluting till I get it right I'm letting DT fill up so I can open sump line again to finish filling sump. If I have to remove ill store in container for 1st water change, after diluting of course. Thanks so much and I will keep you updated and add some pics once I get rock in.
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No problem that's why I'm here lol
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:54 PM   #46
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What s the better way to measure?
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:58 PM   #47
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Weighing it. Once your done filling your tank though you can measure with cups again for water changes cause the possible difference in amount added won't be magnified 35x
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Gotcha, thanks.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:06 PM   #49
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Don't worry too much. When I first was adding salt the readings were too high to read at first. Even now for water changes I'll estimate I've made 20 gallons in a 30 gallon BRUTE trash bin (don't fill it all the way) and add salt according to the 1/2 cup per gallon and I'll get a reading of 1.027-8.
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