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Old 06-05-2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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Prepping wc water

So i put a half a cup per gallon of instant ocean salt . Doesn't seem like its going to be enough wondering if anyone knows how much per gallon it should take
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I use coralife salt and I put 2 to 2.5 cups per 5 gallons so that sounds real close
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Ok next question how long does it take until I get a correct reading? It's in a big bucket with an air stone
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I dont know if there is a certain time but you should make sure all the salt is dissolved before testing most people will mix and aerate it 24 hours prior to the wc
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Ok sounds good I'm eventually going to buy the salt water but Im trying u use what I have left here from when u set the tank up
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You may want to still aerate it depending on how your source keeps it stored
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Ok I'll ask them how store it
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How are you testing? If your using a swing arm hydrometer you'll need to heat the water to the same as the tank. A refractometer is a better way to go.

As for how long it will take it depends on the circulation. IMO I would give at least a hour. And 24 hours before using it. Although a air stone may not be enough circulation you may want to use a power head or at least give it a good couple of stirs to get it mixed.
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Yea it's a hydrometer. The salt mixed real easy. Just the salinity is way off
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If salinity is way off just keep adjusting your dosage over a few trial and errors. Rather than filling the whole bucket at once, just try like a half gallon of fresh and add measured salt until it is perfect. Then just increase dosage proportionately to the amount of water used.

I don't mix my own water. I get 10 free gallons of SW each time I spend 10 dollars at my LFS <3. And besides, a RO/DI unit isn't really worth it when working with a 24 gallon tank.
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