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Old 10-04-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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Help please

Just put my salt in my tank for the first time and the hydrometer says 1.017. Does this mean I've over done it or do I need to add more to get it to around 1.020 - 1.023 ?

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Old 10-04-2011, 07:21 PM   #2
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That reading is low. You want to have it at 1.025 to 1.026. I run mine at 1.025.
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If you're doing fish only you can do 1.020. If you plan to have snails and other invertebrates they need to have 1.023-1.026. Don't forget to measure it/make adjustments only after you are at your targeted temperature (about 76 degrees) because it can go up after the temp goes up.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for your replies. I'm sure I'll be asking for more advice in the future.

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Old 10-05-2011, 11:48 AM   #5
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Have you checked your hydrometer over a refractometer? I got a hydrometer in a door gift bag and it was very different than what my refractometer read. Keeping your SG below 1.023 can cause problems with the fish over all health usually kidney disease.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:59 AM   #6
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I may be wrong but from your post it appears you mixed the water and salt in the tank. If you have nothing else in the tank that is fine but, going forward, I would mix it in a good clean bucket then put it in the tank.
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Yup, mix it in a container for a couple days prior to adding it to your tank.
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:36 PM   #8
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Yes I mixed it in the tank with it been empty. Does everyone recommend mixing it for a few day when it comes to a 10% water change in the future ? Does it take that long to dissolve properly.

Thanks to the new replies also. I've asked questions on another site and had no replies so I'm very grateful to you all.

I just want to make sure every step I take is done correctly as this is all new to me.

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I mix mine overnight then in the morning check both the tank and they change water before starting to change water. Some are able to mix an hour or a few hours because the size of pump they are using. I just want to make sure it is totally mixed.
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Yes I mixed it in the tank with it been empty. Does everyone recommend mixing it for a few day when it comes to a 10% water change in the future ? Does it take that long to dissolve properly.

Thanks to the new replies also. I've asked questions on another site and had no replies so I'm very grateful to you all.

I just want to make sure every step I take is done correctly as this is all new to me.

Thanks

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I mix mine 1-2 days in advance. Also have a pump going in the bucket that keeps the water moving and mixed constantly so the water doesn't go bad. It's takes a while for water and salt to mix: add salt, test the level, add some more, test again etc... You can't do it in just a few minutes. Also the pH needs to stabilize, therefore mix it with pump for 1-2 days... Don't forget the heater
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