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Old 09-30-2012, 06:07 PM   #131
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Someone that I work with gave me half a bucket of instant ocean salt mix from back when he had a reef tank. Most of it is in a big chunk and I don't know how old it is. Does salt ever go bad or is it safe to use?
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:10 PM   #132
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I think it should be fine as long as it's mixed properly...I wouldn't just dump that clump into the aquarium (even though there are no fish) and wait for it to dissolve. Try putting it in a bucket w/ a powerhead and let it dissolve that way.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:28 PM   #133
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Got my lights and filters running. Currently adding salt. Anyone ever had a fish swim into the propellor of a circulation pump? I'm a little worried. Considering putting a stocking over the end.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:34 PM   #134
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Never had a fish swim into a powerhead, and I even have a few small mollies in my tank that hang out by my powerhead. If any fish would swim/get sucked into a powerhead, it's a molly. Don't put a stocking over it. It will become FULL of junk an algae quickly.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:36 PM   #135
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> on the tap water too!
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:15 PM   #136
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The same guy who gave me the salt gave me 2/3 of a 40lbs bag of Caribbean aragonite live sand and some grey calcite sand. What Should I do with the calcite?
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Use it as the bottom layer with the aragonite on top.
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Oh, and any fish that gets stuck in a pump is already sick or injured. Healthy fish know better.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:25 PM   #139
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What does it do though? And what is the benefit to using it as the bottom layer as opposed to just mixing the two together?
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:30 AM   #140
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And also, how often should I expect to have to top off the tank?
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