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Old 10-28-2006, 03:01 PM   #11
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So how hard is a saltwater tank? I have had mine running for a weak now and the ph and salt go up and down like crazy it's really hard getting the water to the correct level and making the salt water.

I'm really not worried about the work just don't want to see lots of good fish die when they could be thriving in someone else's tank

I have almost convinced my self to just take out all the sand and and give away the live rock thats on the way to my house and use all the equipment for a fresh water setup with some colorful fresh water fish

I know that freshwater fish are alot more tolerant to stupid owners

what do yall think
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At this point you should need to make more salt water, you should only be adding fw to the tank as the level drops. Salinity will rise as water evaporates,to lower salinity you need to add fw.

Simple trick: mark the side of the tank at full water level then remove one gallon (may need to mark smaller increments) and mark that level. Now add the sw back into the tank. Keep a bottle of fw near by and every day or so add the fw to bring it back to appropriate level. the closer you keep the water level to full the less salinity will vary.

pH is a related but separate issue. Related in that the water you add has ions in it which affect the pH. Best solution is to use deionized water usually made or bought as ro/di water. using deionized water will make the pH will more stable. You may be able to get ro/di water from supermarket or walmart, i get mine from whole food. Second choice is to add buffer to water like seachem marine buffer or reef buffer.
There is still some equipment that you need before you add livestock. Your going to need a protein skimmer.
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I wouldn't worry about pH during your cycle, it will be out of whack, until the cycle completes. As for how hard is SW. I think it is relatively easy, if I keep up with my PWCs and enjoy the tank.
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I agree its not hard you just cant do things last minute.
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I have also learned to ask a ton of questions here! More importantly, to listen. I have lost a few critters in the past when I dicided to do things my way, or try to skimp.
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