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Old 09-29-2005, 04:37 AM   #1
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too much salt in tank??

need some help, just started a 55gl but i believe the salt reading is too high, it passed the actual reading i need on the salt level

how can i lower? can someone help me...

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Old 09-29-2005, 06:24 AM   #2
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Well IMO i would say it should work the same as topping up the water just add a little bit of water without any salt over periods of time to get the levels correct.

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If you dont have any inhabitants yet.. well.. change some water and put in some freshwater (like RO/DI water) to lower the salinity level. If you have critters thought it would have to be done slowly.. Im gathering you dont have anything yet though..
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partial water change using dechlorinated FW. What are you using to check the salinity? Hydrometers can be very inaccurate. I used two different brands of hydrometers, both give different readings. I ended up taking a sample to the LFS and just doing an avg. of about 5 hydrometers total them marked my hydrometers so I know what they are actually reading.
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Adding fresh water will fix the problem. Buy a refractometer. I do not mess with hydrometers. To much of a guessing game
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Old 09-30-2005, 04:23 AM   #6
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just change the water and now the reading is 1.017 to 18

and i use a hydro....

and my readings are ph8, am 1.0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5.

i dont have anything just LR and LS...i just started the cycle 3 days ago...

how am i doing??? are the readings ok or no, if not any advise

thank you and sorry
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Old 09-30-2005, 08:54 AM   #7
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Your salinity is actually kinda low. I believe 1.021-1.023 is pretty standard for fish only systems. A bit more if you go reef. You have time to adjust your salinity though. You can add a bit but I would hold off on water changes as they are gonna prolong your cycle some. You are ok for cycling and it looks like your progressing fine.
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.017 is too low. You should be around .023 to .025.
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