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Old 03-17-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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Question can't get sg over 1.014

I'm setting up my 75 gal, and since there is nothing live in the tank yet, I filled it with dechlorinated tap water, and then mixed my salt in the tank. I added the recommended amount of half cups per gallons. I've got my sump running and two powerheads mixing the water. I waited a good 30 min and checked the sg. It seems to be stuck at 1.014 though. Do I just need to wait it out? I've added an entire bag by now.
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Is your refractometer calibrated with the proper calibration fluid?
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"Usually" one bag of salt only makes 50-55 gallons
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Im using a plastic hydrometer. I'll start adding more and see if it goes up.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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Throw the hydrometer in the bin, you may as well guess the specific gravity....

Invest in a refractometer, essential piece of equipment in this game in my honest opinion.
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like ftmm said a bag only makes about 50 to 55 gals. you probable need another half a bag or so. You should't mix it in the tank either cause its probable harder to get it mixed right
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Thanks guys. I guess I just wasn't adding enough salt. I've gotten it up to 1.024. I'll invest in a refractometer also
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I would bump it up a little more. Natural seawater around most reefs is 1.026.
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