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Old 03-25-2013, 11:55 PM   #11
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Add ro/Di water to bring it down to the correct salinity. And banker, when alkalinity rises to quickly or to high it causes the calcium to solidify into calcium carbonate I believe its called. This can happen easily if salt is dumped in large amounts and yes it will lower calcium levels in that water since it has precipitated. It doesn't ruin the water really just leaves you with a bunch of sediment and lower reef levels. This is also known to happen when dosing alkalinity. Same thing, if to fast or to high it will happen to the calcium in your tank and there isn't anything you can do but watch it run its course and it can be harmful to corals since its a very fine sediment.
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I just add the salt first and pour my water into my mixing bucket slowly. I stir it once with a wooden spoon and let it sit over night. Next day I stir it again and it's ready for use, have the amount needed down at this point.

My laziness helps me out with water changes, as I do them slowly with the help of my ato. I siphon out about 2 gallons at a time from the dt and let it refill into my sump. Leave for awhile to clean or whatever else you need to do, come back and repeat. You get a feel for it after awhile.
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So, seperate question, I'm also starting a new tank. How should I be adding the salt when I fill it?
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You could mix it in the tank, but if the specific gravity is too high the. You'd have to remove water and add ro/di to bring it down. I'd mix it up in batches in buckets.
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Add ro/Di water to bring it down to the correct salinity. And banker, when alkalinity rises to quickly or to high it causes the calcium to solidify into calcium carbonate I believe its called. This can happen easily if salt is dumped in large amounts and yes it will lower calcium levels in that water since it has precipitated. It doesn't ruin the water really just leaves you with a bunch of sediment and lower reef levels. This is also known to happen when dosing alkalinity. Same thing, if to fast or to high it will happen to the calcium in your tank and there isn't anything you can do but watch it run its course and it can be harmful to corals since its a very fine sediment.
Gotcha, thank you for that information
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