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Old 03-30-2014, 11:33 AM   #11
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You can lower the salinity as fast as you want to. Going down in salinity has no harmful side effects. Especially since you are only going down a little bit. When you have to raise salinity you need to do it slow so you do not dehydrate the fish .

And that's not necessarily true. You should always be careful when adjusting salinity, and should not change anything in the tank "fast"
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1.028 sorry!

Are you using a refractometer or a swing arm hydrometer?
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We will have to agree to disagree on that part. I do agree changing things fast is usually not good but not when lowering salinity is the subject.
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A hydrometer to measure
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A hydrometer to measure

You'll really want to get a refractometer, hydrometers are terribly inaccurate. I would take a sample of your water to an lfs and have them check your sg.
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Ok thanks! I'm working on a partial water change now. I haven't done one since I set up the tank in September. Long way past due! I will take the water next week and see what they say Click image for larger version

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A refractometer is the best way to check salinity, I put off getting one for quite some time but once I got one I really felt dumb for putting it off, they are so much easier and more accurate than a hydrometer and can be found cheaply on amazon
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We will have to agree to disagree on that part. I do agree changing things fast is usually not good but not when lowering salinity is the subject.

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You haven't changed the water for over 6 months? Do you top off with fresh water? That would be why your salinity is so high!
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