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Old 10-15-2004, 02:01 PM   #1
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Mixing saltwater

When mixing saltwater, is it ok to completely cover the container with a tight-fitting lid, so that very little or no air can get in?
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Oxygen is consumed in the salt disolving process. You should allow some air in/out of the bucket.
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Old 10-15-2004, 03:37 PM   #3
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OK - I've made a cut in the lid so that about 1/5 of the water is uncovered.
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Old 10-15-2004, 04:48 PM   #4
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I use a rubbermaid tub (18gallon capacity), and put 2 airstones thru a couple holes I drilled in the lid.
Its sealed so no airborne contaminents can get in, but isn't airtight so it's able to 'breathe'.
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Old 10-16-2004, 02:40 AM   #5
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I use one of those 18-gallon buckets, too. I mix with the lid on--I don't think it's air-tight enough to make a difference. But I did learn the hard way that mixing with the lid on lowers pH, so I throw an airstone into my storage jar about 12 hours before I'm going to do a change to get it back up.
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Old 10-16-2004, 10:29 AM   #6
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What airborne contaminents should I be worried about?

For instance, if bleach is used to clean the sink nearby (couple of feet away) the mixing saltwater that doesn't have a lid on, should I be worried? Also, I mix in the bathroom which is nextdoor to the toilet - should I be worried about airfreshener etc.?
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Old 10-16-2004, 12:03 PM   #7
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I have heared that if you can smell it then it's in the air. You dont want to take any chances! I use a Rubbermaid 44gall. trash can the Brute series. I dont let my water set for any amount of time. I mix it then it gets put back in the tank with a Rio 2500 pump within about 30mins. A lilltle bit of stress coat and good to go!! 8)
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Old 10-16-2004, 12:53 PM   #8
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But, even if you can smell it, will it really do any harm?
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Old 10-16-2004, 01:41 PM   #9
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Not 100% sure but as i said before i would'nt take any chances. Where are you doing water changes that this would be a major issue for you? I allways make sure my wife is not doing any cleaning or spraying air fresheners ect. ect. Just make it a point to be extra careful when doing a change! I try not to even use a lot of chemicals at all in my house! I try to keep harmfull sprays out of my house because my wife goes crazy with them just spraying every thing
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air freshners are definitely a threat, as would be any spray or aeresol. There's also lots of dust, and we have a 2 dogs and a cat, so there's plenty of hair that can fall.

However, you should be mixing your water about 24 hours ahead of time. Freshly mixed saltwater (as in the salt is dissolved after a couple mins) isnt' stable. It's going through some chemical reactions. The salinty won't be consistent throughout the mixture, the temp probably won't be right, and the buffers haven't fully mixed in either. This also gives you time to check the salinity and adjust if necessary.
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