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Old 11-27-2007, 03:07 AM   #1
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Specific Gravity Question

Im one step closer to turning my FOWLR into a reef tank because I installed my new lighting tonight. The next thing I need to do is fix the specific gravity. I am getting a reading of 1.022. The problem is I buy the natural sea water from catalina island, ca from my LFS. When I first started the hobby the water I was getting was 1.024 but now everything has been 1.022. Maybe its been raining out there, I don't know. I do know this is a sign I should start mixing my own. But for now my plan is to top off the evaporated water with more saltwater, until I can get it up to at least 1.023. Does that sound reasonable to do that? Also, is it very bad to keep coral at 1.022? I will probably start off with LPS but eventually get a couple SPS too. Thanks again.
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I have never heard of anyone using actual sea water. Thats kinda cool that you can do that.
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my plan is to top off the evaporated water with more saltwater, until I can get it up to at least 1.023. Does that sound reasonable to do that?
Yes, that will work fine. For future reference, and if it ever applies, don't change your salinity level more than a point per day (e.g, 1.022 to 1.023). Sounds like you'll be fine.

Curious. How do the calcium and other readings come out with the natural sea water you've gotten?
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I'm curios too. What are the Calcium, Magnesiuum , and alkalinity of the Catalina water?
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If the salinity is lower due to the rain, I would think they are not going that far out to get the water. This might mean you could be adding pollutants into your tank. I believe the best distance is 1-5 miles from the shore to get the best results (I could be a little off on the distance, since it has been a while since this question has been posed).
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Personally, I'd get your salinity up to where you want it and keep it there before you add any corals. Corals want a higher SG than 1.022. Most likely you wouldn't have any real problems bringing the salinity up with corals in the tank, as long as you did it SLOWLY. But why not just get it right to start with before putting them in. Remember... patience!
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But for now my plan is to top off the evaporated water with more saltwater, until I can get it up to at least 1.023. Does that sound reasonable to do that? Also, is it very bad to keep coral at 1.022? I will probably start off with LPS but eventually get a couple SPS too. Thanks again.
There is nothing wrong with 1.022. Fish and corals will do fine. If you do run it higher you can slowly do it by adding SW for top off water but you want to do it slowly.
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Off the top of my head I recall The Catalina Company processes the water once collected and provides many professional institutions along with lfs'. Natural seawater salinity is about 35ppt on average.
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I ordered my Calcium, DKH and Phospate kits online a couple days ago so for the first time today I am able to test those readings. The natural seawater/Catalina which I buy from the LFS tests: Calcium=430, DKH=10 and Phosphate=0. I wasn't sure about the rain thing, I just made that up in question, it actually hasn't rained in SoCal in a long time. I wouldn't know if it rained at Catalina Island though. The LFS that sell Catalina water say its great the LFS that don't sell it say that they pump it in from Long Beach Harbor. So who knows, next time I go to the LFS I will see if I can get the company name and see if they have a website. By the way I found a LFS that charges .49 cents a gallon for this saltwater, in case anybody was wondering.
Melosu58, thats reassuring to hear that 1.022 would be ok. I will still probably see if I can get it to be 1.023 slowly, like Kurt said. I'll find out if I can do it over the next week or so. If not I won't be too concerned. I really like your reef tank, thats kind of what I'm shooting for.
Thanks for the input everybody.
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I believe this is the one: http://www.catalinawater.com/
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