Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-20-2011, 02:32 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New Castle, Colorado
Posts: 361
New 55gal. HELP!

Hi all! I need help.I am starting my first FOWLR. I have dechlorinated water and "live sand" along with a few pieces of "live rock" (just to get started). Hoewver, I purchased and added "Instant Ocean" to my tank today. By following the directions on the back it stated to add 1/2 cup per gallon of water so I added a total of 27.5 cups to the water being a 55 gal tank. Now, I wait! 30 minutes after adding the salt to the tank (straight to the tank since there is nothing in there) and testing my specific gravity it reads almost off the chart. Too much salt! Is it possibly that all the salt hasn't dissolved and that if I wait longer it will read more accurately? Is there a calibration step I am missing with my "Coralife deep six hydrometer"? I don't know what I may have done wrong. I'd hate to find out that I wasted a large amount of salt and that I have to drain water to add freshwater to my tank. Any advise?
__________________

__________________
Justin0329 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 02:52 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 22
Be more precise. Dis you mix the salt with water in buckets before adding it to the tank? What's your flow rate?

And am I understanding correctly when you said you put 27 cups of some biological bacteria to a new tank set up? Why? How many bottles did you buy? I have no idea the dosing rate on that stuff, it's not necessary in my opinion. But that sounds like a little overkill
__________________

__________________
ChiTownTy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 03:06 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New Castle, Colorado
Posts: 361
I have 2 750gph wavemakers for circulation. As far as the 27.5 cups, I am referring to salt mix. Instant Ocean is the brand. Right now I am feeling like an idiot and that I added WAY too much salt to my tank. I added it straight to the tank as it states that adding it to the tank isn't a problem if there isn't and animals in the tank. However, I still feel like an absolute idiot right now. 27.5 cups of salt mix sounds to me like way too much!!!!! As far as biological bacteria, no. I havent added anything like that to my tank.
__________________
Justin0329 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 12:45 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New Castle, Colorado
Posts: 361
Any other suggestions?
__________________
Justin0329 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 01:10 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Kansas
Posts: 717
If it really is too high, take some water out and add some fresh water until your specific gravity is correct.
__________________
Sergie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 01:22 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Posts: 17
We just added a salt mix to a new 55 gallon. Purchased a bag of salt and I'd say it was 20+ cups. Didn't take a standard gravity reading for about three days... the water was very cloudy for a couple days so we didn't do any readings. Also depending on how you put the water in the tank there may be some sand clouding up in the water that is screwing up your std grav reading. I'd wait until the water clears up and take another reading but don'd just take it from me I am new at this hobby too!
__________________
Pirate-of-the-Caribbean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 01:54 PM   #7
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: trinity north carolina
Posts: 233
Your readings are high because you don't have 55 gallons of water because you have live sand and rock taking up that volume to some water changes without salt til you get back to normal levels also thump your hydrometer and make sure no bubbles are on the arm
__________________
greaver83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 02:30 PM   #8
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: trinity north carolina
Posts: 233
And it is labeled as a 55 gallon but in reality its more like 53 gallons always mix your salt in a large container and allow it to mix over night with a power head and heater tempature can also throw off sg readings with a hydrometer
__________________
greaver83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 02:36 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
abbly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Timmins ON, Canada
Posts: 129
True about the displacement . I have a 48 fowlr and when I do pwcs I use an old 5 gallon instant ocean bucket and I put 2.5 cups of instant ocean per 5 gallons and it comes out perfectly.
__________________
abbly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 02:43 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New Castle, Colorado
Posts: 361
Thank you all very much. I didn't take into consideration the displacement of the sand and rocks. It is a little cloudy still but it has settled a lot over night. How long should it take for the salt yo completely dissolve?
__________________

__________________
Justin0329 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
55 gallon

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
herp_mommy's 55gal build herp_mommy Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 20 12-23-2011 04:36 PM
55gal stock advice ronnieroach Cichlid Discussion 15 12-18-2011 05:04 PM
Jungle start Zyme? and New 55gal tank angel4335 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 7 09-19-2011 02:09 AM
55gal give me your input TheBlackSloth Show Off/Photography 3 08-25-2011 10:38 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.