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Old 08-09-2004, 08:34 PM   #1
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What's the best way to prepare saltwater ahead of time?

I'd like to know the best way to get saltwater ready. I figured I would just fill the bucket with water, salt it, then stick it in my closet with a bubbler in it and let it sit overnight and through the afternoon while I'm at school. I would have the top on but not sealed. Just sitting over it to keep a any dust from settling into it. Will this be okay?
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It'll be fine. Just be sure to bring it up to temperature and let it aerate for an hour or so *without the lid* to stabilize the pH before use.
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Thank you, I was reading some post about saltwater expiring and I have finally gotten my tank well established and stocked. I didn't want to screw anything up.
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2 Marble Angels
2 Red Wagtail Platys
2 Chinese Algae Eaters
2 Corys (one green, one julian)
8 Blue Neon Tetras

29 gal sw with 10 lbs lr
1 Blue Damsel
1 Green Chromis
1 Pajama Cardinal
1 Tomato Clown
1 Royal Gramma Basslet
1 Lawn Mower Blenny
1 Zebra Hermit
4 Blue Legged Hermits

1 2/3 gal fw
1 male, violet betta
1 male, white/pale blue betta
(tank divider)
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Old 08-17-2004, 10:26 AM   #4
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Best way I have found is a huge rolling trash can. Get everything right. Run a powehead in there for adequate salt mixing. Also keep a powerhead with tubing on it thant you can just pull the tub to your tank.
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Old 08-18-2004, 02:37 PM   #5
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i mix up the amount I want in a Rubbermaid container to desired SG. Put in a PH, heater and air stone and let it sit for a couple of days. Be sure to recheck SG as it can change with temp. cahnges. Just make sure SG, ph and temp are close to main tank parameters.
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