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Old 07-31-2003, 12:00 PM   #1
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Salt Question

I just started doing saltwater and last night i filled my tank and mixed the salt like the lfs stold me to do. There is still salt on the bottom of the tank and it has been there all night. The specific gravity is 1.026 and i was wondering if this was normal or what i should do. thanks
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Did you add water to the salt or salt to the water?

Was the water at what temperature?

What you see may be some calcium that fell out of solution.

Can you describe how you added the salt?
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i ADDED THE SALT TO THE WATER AND THE TEMPERATURE WAS ABOUT 78 DEGREES. mY LFS TOLD ME TO ADD THE SALT TO THE WATER LET IT MIX AND WHEN THE WATER IS CLEAR TO ADD THE SUBSTRATE. I POURED THE SALT OUT OF THE BAG INTO THE TANK IS HOW I ADDED IT.
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If you added the salt in very short order to the tank then you could have had some localized calcium precip. This is probably what is in the bottom of the tank.
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Add some circulation to the bottom of the tank and it should mix up, or you could simply siphon out the excess salt since you already have a fairly high SG. I would recommend 1.025@80-82...but 1.026 is OK.
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well i siphoned ou tthe excess salt and now the sg is about 1.025 i also added the substrate it is agrogite coral and it made my tank so cloudy. Is this normal??? And if it is how long will it take to clear up? I have three powerheads and my filter runing. Should i turn them off or not?
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also i have some ph buffer that says it will make the ph 8.3. should i add that to a new tank or what?
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My tank was coudy for a few hours after I added my LS and LR, it'll clear up. I turned off my skimmer and fluval filter untill everything settled down.
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well mine has been cloudy for about 9 hours should i leave the powerheads on and turn off the filter
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Was it sand or was it CC? It may take as long as a couple weeks for it to settle. I would leave them running, the filter is going to help clear it up faster and so long as the powerheads aren't disturbing the substrate, they should be fine.

Do not add the buffer, it isn't necessary, and during a cycle your ph is going to do some wild stuff anyway. It's not of major concern until after the cycle is complete.
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