Originally Posted by rollin75
The real problem is that I dont want to have to go out and buy new garbage cans or have 5 gallon pails everywhere in the house just to change the water. I was hoping that I would be able to just change it like that, even if I have to use RO
If I use RO
water do I still need to wait 24 hours to change the water or can I change it right away?
You wont need 5 gallon pails, youll need a 50 gallon pail for the size tank you have. You need to do a minimum of 10% PWC
every two weeks. Thats 12.5 gallons.
Yes, even with RO
water you need to wait 24 hours. Youve got to let the water oxygenate right so that the pH stabilizes as well as make sure the salinity is right.
If you mixed the salt water and using your refractomer (yes, you need one of those) you see 1.025 right after mixing, you might find its really 1.029 the next day! YIKES! If your target was 1.025 and you dumped in the 1.029 your fish might freak out. Same goes for pH. 24 hours is the least amount of time to wait.
Its not that bad, just get into a rythm. I mix my salt friday nights and change the water saturday night.
I have been known to add freshly mixed salt water immediately in case of emergency. (Large loss of water or a nuked tank).
Just put the water in the trash can, add the salt, then mix it well. Some people put a strong powerhead into the trash can and let it go for 24hours. Since I just need to do 3 gallons each week, I use a 5g water jug and shake shake shake.
You might want to use a small pump to pump the new salt water into the tank. Unless you are one strong beast!