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Old 06-22-2012, 09:38 AM   #11
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Thats why a couple of us told you to mix it in buckets.You have better control if you couldn't get the first bucket right then you would know something was wrong and you could check your hydrometer now if the tank is to high you have to reverse and start removing water and all that salt will be wasted
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:57 PM   #12
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I know I'm gonna make mistakes so I'm not bothered if I wasted the salt. I'd rather make mistakes now while there's no fish than to risk killing them. The last few times I was doing bucket adding instead of direct adding
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well your right thats how you learn. I remember when I first started I did the same thing and couldn't get the salt to dissovle.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:53 PM   #14
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Hydrometers can really be a piece of crap, they are hit and miss and then depend on being clean and free of salt buildup. Also any bubble under the swing arm with throw off the reading.

I would highly suggest a refrectometer, not only are they very accurate but incredible easy to use and maintain. Way worth it.
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I hope to find one this weekend, I hope to get my first fish soon!
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:29 PM   #16
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I scored a refractometer today for $60. the store tested my water and it proves that my hydrometer is best used for something else other than testing my water lol. just tested it at home at it confirms Im right at 1.020
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:39 PM   #17
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I scored a refractometer today for $60. the store tested my water and it proves that my hydrometer is best used for something else other than testing my water lol. just tested it at home at it confirms Im right at 1.020
be sure you calibrated your refractometer properly also. Its easiest to buy a bottle this stuff pictured below. Calibrating solution of 1.026 or 35ppt to be exact.
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ohh they didnt tell me about this, better go back out before they close
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Not sure but how big is your tank ? For my 55g it took whole bag of salt. And I was like yourself slowly adding it and testing ...... It takes quite a bit to raise your SG when adding it to a fresh tank, after I would suggest mixing your water overnight and making sure its correct before adding as it can stress fish and possibly kill inverts
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its a 44 gallon, and the back i have is for 50 gallons so i'm working on emptying the bag as I still had alot left. it's getting there
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