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Old 07-07-2007, 04:03 AM   #1
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SG question NOOB

My lfs guy told me as a general rule that 1/2 cup salt mix to 1 gallon of water was the ratio.

After doing so my SG was 1.020. Im am trying to get it to 1.026. I have added more salt (about a cup) and it increased to 1.022ish.
BTW This is for my quarantine tank, my actual tank has not arrived yet. I also gave the salt 24 hrs to dissolve.

I have to keep adding more salt and waiting 24 hrs each time.

Tonight I just addded approx another cup, and will see what the sg is tomorrow.

Does anyone have another general ratio to use? I feel that I should just add more salt than needed and then dilute as necessary, so I dont have to keep waiting the 24hrs and then test.

FYI- My quarantine tank is 29 gallons, and no there are no fish in it yet.

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Old 07-07-2007, 10:15 AM   #2
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Read the side of your salt does it say there? When I mix my salt I toss it in the bucket with a power head mix add salt and measure the SG if its close I leave it and when its up to temp I check again. I never wait 24 hours to check SG, I wait about 24 hrs before I use the salt.
Do you have a power head in the tank to mix the salt? I would get a small one and use that to help mix the salt and check the SG as you add the salt, its pretty close after a few min of mixing.
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I do have a powerhead. I will look on the salt bucket for a ratio. I use Kent Sea Salt.

Today I am almost to 1.026, thanks for the reply.
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Most LFS have theirs on the low side around 19 or 20. IMO I would find out what your LFS water is and set your QT to about 1.022 - 1.024 and make your main tank the same as your QT so as not to have a big acclimation jump from the QT to the main.
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Well my quarantine tank is at 1.026. I thought this is ok. Am I wrong?

I got that spec from here:

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-05/rhf/index.php
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I can deal with that. I keep mine at 1.024.
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I would suggest running your QT low to start with(1.017-1.020). Going from lower to higher SG is stressful on all animals, especially inverts(going from higher to lower SG is less stressful). Running the QT at the lower range SG makes sure it is going to be less, the same, or atleast close to the LFS the animal comes from, reducing one more stress factor. As said LFS always run low SG to save salt and $$. While QT'ing you can slowly bring the SG up to that of your main by topping of w/ SW instead of FW. That way it can be done much more slowly, after the fish is more acclimated to it's new surroundings and eating, etc. HTH and good luck!
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My lfs guy told me as a general rule that 1/2 cup salt mix to 1 gallon of water was the ratio.

After doing so my SG was 1.020.
1/2 cup per gal. sounds about right to me. IME you should be higher than 1.020 w/ that amount of salt per gal. What are you using to measure SG?
FWIW I use a little over 1/2 cup, maybe 1/8th cup more, per gal to get 1.026 SG using a refractometer.
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Maybe I should get a refractometer. I just broke my hydrometer 2 min ago....

I just squeezed it to hard and it broke in my hand. Thankfully not in the tank.

Can you say rookie lol

Thanks MT as soon as I get a new meter to measure I will bring the levels down.

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