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Old 05-16-2004, 06:15 PM   #1
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Tell me I didn't totally SCREW UP!

I know that when making new saltwater it should aerate for 12-24 hours. I made about 3 gallons of saltwater last night and just let it sit in the bucket (with no lid, nor any method of aerating) overnight. Would this be harmful saltwater to use now?? I added it to my QT, which already had about 7 gallons of saltwater from my main tank in it. Is the water in my QT now unsafe?! (There aren't any fish in my QT yet).

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Old 05-16-2004, 06:21 PM   #2
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No I am sure it is fine from it's overnight slumber. Aeration is only part of the purpose of moving the water. If you are using RO/DI water moving the water will help oxygenate it as RO water is very low in dissolved oxygen. The other reason is to allow it to mix completely to ensure the salt mixture is dissolved completely and all levels (pH, Alk, SG/sality) have become stable.
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Old 05-16-2004, 06:22 PM   #3
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Why do you say it might be unsafe? Because you aureate it?

I think your fine by using it.
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Old 05-16-2004, 06:30 PM   #4
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So, is it ok that I mixed it with some of the water from my main tank for use in my QT - or should I have used all water from my main?

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I know your suppose to aerate it but I never do. I mix it well, let it sit overnight, mix it again and check the spg.
of course its going in my 210 gallon main so I don't worry too much about it. I have also changed my water in my qt tank with this method with no ill effects. I also keep an airstone in my qt tank, so it get aerated pretty quickly.
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Old 05-16-2004, 09:52 PM   #6
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Thanks, quarryshark - you've set my mind at ease!

One last question - when you let it sit overnight, do you put a lid on it?
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Yes I cover it, loosely, to keep the dust out but let air in. I'm not saying that what I do is the correct thing. I'm just saying that it hasn't hurt anything.
I just keep forgetting to get a new airstone when I visit my lfs.
You will be fine.
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Yes, marine biology - I only have one more class to go and I'll be finished! I wish I would've taken more invert classes though (my main study focus is marine mammals), but I guess there's always time for that with grad school!

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Do you go to U. of West Fl? And what is your favorite LFS in P-Cola?
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I do indeed go to UWF. My favorite LFS here in P-Cola is Water World!
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