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Old 01-19-2013, 09:53 PM   #1
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Ok I got my tank setup. Got salt in it. I was told I could add the salt to the tank this time cause there isn't anything live in it. I have 2lbs of live rock in a bag of water from the pet store. My hydrometer says 1.025 the water is pretty cloudy is it ok to add the live rock our should I wait till tomorrow?
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Ok I got my tank setup. Got salt in it. I was told I could add the salt to the tank this time cause there isn't anything live in it. I have 2lbs of live rock in a bag of water from the pet store. My hydrometer says 1.025 the water is pretty cloudy is it ok to add the live rock our should I wait till tomorrow?
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You ideally want to add your live rock first then your sand. Reason for this is incase you get any live stock or inverts that may shift, dig or sift through the sand, it may shift and you'd have to worry about the rocks.

With that said, I'd get more live rock if you can. It will help with filtration, you could use base rock as well it become live eventually.

I wouldn't suggest adding salt directly into your tank, get into the practice of measuring and mixing. You should also look into a refractometer as they are more accurate.
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Ok I already have sand and dead rock in tank. Just adding some live to seed
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Ok I already have sand and dead rock in tank. Just adding some live to seed
Ok then you can add it all now
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Ok I know to mix in buckets but.I was just doing it the first time. Its been about 30 minutes since I added salt. I didn't know if the cloudy water would kill the live rock. The guy at the store told me to put salt in and wait until tomorrow to add live rock
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So how long does it take for the salt mix? Will I have to worry about the level changing. Its reading 1.025-1.026 I read that the cloudiness is cause the salt isn't mixed all the way. And you said go ahead and add live rock
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So how long does it take for the salt mix? Will I have to worry about the level changing. Its reading 1.025-1.026 I read that the cloudiness is cause the salt isn't mixed all the way. And you said go ahead and add live rock
That's normal. You can add the live rock to help seed. The cloudiness could be that or the sand.

That's why I wouldn't mix salt into the tank directly because if it raises (salinity) you'll have to take some out and add straight RO/DI water to lower it. If you mix in a 5 gallon bucket use a power head and a heater your pretty much safe and good to go.

I keep my tank at 1.026 btw so that's not bad. Stability is key, you don't want swings. Inverts are extremely sensitive to salinity swings.
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yeah I'm just trying to get it cycling. The guy I got it from drained it and let everything dry out. So the rock and sand was making it a little cloudy. I'm assuming it will go away eventually

I brushed the rock off some and rinsed the sand some before I added it

So I should look into getting a cheap power head and a heater to mix in buckets.
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