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Old 03-19-2005, 12:31 AM   #1
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OMG! Did I put too much salt in?

I got some instant ocean. I added 25 half cups (for 25 gallons)
They guy I bought the tank from said it is 30 gallons (and I think it is)

Anyway I mixed most of it in and tested it. The Specific Gravity is too high to register.


My Q, do I need to wait a while before testing it again? Or did I put way too much in? If I put too much in, than why did the bag tell me to put too much in?
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:39 AM   #2
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If you're using a hydrometer, make sure there isn't an air bubble on the arm. I had that happen to me one time and I freaked out and almost began lowering my salt content!

The ratio you used sounds right for 25 gallons of water. You may come up a little high, but shouldn't be off the chart.
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:41 AM   #3
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Thanks jon ill try it tomorrow and make sure of that.
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:47 AM   #4
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I just retested it. It was at 1.295

Isnt that too high????
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Old 03-19-2005, 01:22 AM   #5
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my sg never registered right for about 2 months.check salt with a hydrometer(i think thats what it's called) ,i use it when mixing for water changes to make sure the saltilinty is the same.from what the lfs told me and from my tanks it wont register with a sg meter untill the tank is settled.(if its a new tank)
is this correct?anybody else?(i'm still a newbie)
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yes that is to high if that is the correct salinity.

what does the salt bag say? 1/2 cup per gallon sounds right.

take your hydrometer full of water and bang it on the counter a couple of times to loosen the bubbles. this should give you a more accurate reading.

Your sg should be somewhere between 1.021 and 1.025

Are there any tank inhabitants in there?
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Another thing with Instant Ocean is it takes a while to fully disolve, so don't be scared...give it time.
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did you "season" your hydroeter before useing it?
That might help.
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Old 03-19-2005, 01:54 AM   #9
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I've noticed with my salt(oceanic) I use much less than they say on the back and I achieve correct salinity. Try using a little less than instructed as you can always add more salt if needed.
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i strive for a SG of around 1.024
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