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Old 01-30-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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Question about pre-mixed salt water

Around two weeks ago I mixed up ten gallons of water to do a pwc. I ended up not needing to do one, so I put power heads into the buckets and snapped the lids on. Today I was planing on doing a pwc and when I opened the buckets there is a bunch of white things in it. it kind of looks like a snow globe, but less white specks. Also there is a whiteish film on the sides of the bucket.

Has anyone else experienced this?

Did I do something wrong to spoil the water?

Can I still use it? (my guess would be no)

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Old 01-30-2011, 06:51 PM   #2
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I dont know about using it but for reference I dont think you should have snapped the lid on,I normally have saitwater mixed for a week but leave the lids ajar with a powerhead and heater.
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:56 PM   #3
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Actually that is what I did, Minus the heater, I couldn't snap them on all the way because of the cord. Otherwise I would have lol. Next time I will leave them ajar though.
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i mixed up my water a week before i did my PWC a well no issues, have a heater a thermometer and powerhead in it with the lid parically on because of the cords, i have no problems at all.

was the bucket dirty?
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:36 PM   #5
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No I washed it out before I used it.and I checked on the water a week or so ago and it looked fine then.
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The white stuff is probably calcium that has fallen out of solution. Sometimes old salt does that.
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:23 AM   #7
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If the calcium falls out of solution, is it bad for my tank? I am making more for tomorrow, just wondering for future reference.
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In my experience once you use the same rubber-maid to mix salt every time it starts to turn white over time i think it has to do with the calcium in the salt mix.
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Interesting. Thanks for the info guys.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:33 AM   #10
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Are you using RO water? It's always good to have some water set aside for emergencies... and putting in a heater won't hurt either, just will make you even more prepared.
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