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Old 02-12-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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Instant Ocean Salt Mix

I purchased "instant ocean" salt mix for 25 gallons. it seems like a lot of salt is the entire bag used in a brand new 25 gallon tank it seems like alot? sorry if this is a stupid question i was just a bit baffled. thanks
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yes, it's supposed to be for 25 gallons of water, however, you should check it with a refractometer to make sure.
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Also remember your tank might not be 25 gallons. Measure the tank and work it out. My 55 gallon has about 52-53.
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the problem is they were out of hydrometers and the dude at the fish store said it was for 25gallons. i think my tank might me slightly bigger i just didnt want to OD' the tank on salt but thanks for your help guys i am setting up my tank now . i just didnt realize how much salt was actually needed since i am a newbie to the salt water world.
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Are you mixing it in the tank? There is few gallons of displacement bc of substrate and LR.
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yeah i am mixing it in the tank because i am starting from the very beginning theres nothign in the tank yet its just going to be water then i am going to add the crushed coral to the botttom
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If you mixed it in the tank, you'll have to remove about 50% of it to place your substrate and LR (if you're using LR).
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i once used a 200 gallon bucket of salt mix in a 200 gallon tank and it made the salinity .030.
i would wait until you are able to check it, and use a refractometer, not a hydrometer.
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well i am not using any LR just because i want to start off with just fish for now kind of ease my way into sw. i will go look into refractometers.
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fish or no fish, extra surface area for bacteria is never a bad thing. what are you using for surface area, just the glass and substrate?
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