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Old 05-12-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Salinity slowly dropping

So ive had my 55 set up for a few weeks now. I'm topping off about a gallon a day and it's been slowly dropping my salinity. i started at just under 1.026. and im down to just under .024. how can i stop this? i just added a bunch of sps and cant afford salinity drops.

btw this was over the course of about 2 weeks so it wasnt a sharp decline!
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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Are you just adding fresh water without mixed salt?
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:58 PM   #3
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possibly salt creep? not to sure
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Are you using a refractometer?
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:27 PM   #5
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Yes just adding fresh water. And no I didn't get my ref Refractometer in yet but I have two different of the ....brainfart..other salinity measurers that read the same. What's salt creep?

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Salt creep is the salt that dried up outside your tank, usually along the edges or holes. That would be my guess too, because salt does not escape with evaporation. If you don't have a leak (where salt is exiting with water), that could be the culprit.
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How do I stop salt creep? When I emptied my slimmer I noticed salt build up around the skimmer

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How do I stop salt creep? When I emptied my slimmer I noticed salt build up around the skimmer

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not really sure how to stop it? ive heard people putting the salt back in but i dont know if its the fix.
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You can minimize salt creep by ensuring that there isn't any violent or turbulent breaking of the water surface.
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How much water is your skimmer removing? If your making a fairly wet ski mate, and replacing that with freshwater, this will slowly lower salinity.
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