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Old 09-15-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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When I filled my 14 gal biocube with premixed saltwater from tropaquarium I was left with 5 gallons of saltwater. It's in a jug with a tight lid. Can I save that for water changes or is useless if it sits?
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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When I filled my 14 gal biocube with premixed saltwater from tropaquarium I was left with 5 gallons of saltwater. It's in a jug with a tight lid. Can I save that for water changes or is useless if it sits?
I've used water that sat in a bucket about a week after, I threw a power head to aerate it and a heater to temp match. I'm not really sure if your suppose to use it but I did.... Once.

If you really need to use it then I would just test the pH and salinity before using it.


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After further research. It seems time span varies some say 2 days, some say 4 days and some say weeks even. BUT everyone agrees its best to circulate it with a power head before adding it to the tank.
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Good to know. What also makes the saltwater tank so hard is all the different answers people have. This site is great and will be a great helper along the way.
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Water storage is just fine. I keep a 32g trash can with a powerhead & heater and about 25 gallons of SW ready at all times, in case I need to do either a large water change or fill a QT tank on short notice.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:54 AM   #5
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I have mixed SW in a plastic garbage can circulating for weeks with a powerhead sometimes. I fill a 1 gal water jugs sometimes for top off while I mix a new batch and am waiting for it to be done mixing and use the 1 gal jugs days later with no problem. Bout the only thing that happens to the garbage can is that periodically I have to empty it and wipe off the sides and bottom cuz of deposits. IMO as previously stated as long as you circulate it you're fine for quite a while.
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