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Old 10-10-2005, 09:55 AM   #11
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The tang's tail had looked like it was bleeding before I was able to change the water. I changed quite a bit and he cleared up for 3 days after that. Today I found him dead. I noticed some labored breathing but I think this was the effect of the previous water before the change. I'm going to do a change every week for a while I guess.


Do I really have to let the new water mix and sit for a long time? I usually mix it in after 30 minutes. I do 3 gallons at a time with my little bucket. Add the water to bucket, dechlor, salt. Mix it all up with my hand then test the water.
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Do I really have to let the new water mix and sit for a long time? I usually mix it in after 30 minutes. I do 3 gallons at a time with my little bucket. Add the water to bucket, dechlor, salt. Mix it all up with my hand then test the water.
It’s best to mix for 24+ hours so everything settles IMO. Personally I let mine mix for 48+ hours before adding. Make sure the temp is within 2 degrees of your tank using a submersible heater.

I would recommend using a PH to mix and recheck your SA afterwards since it can change from the first time you add your salt mix.

You also might want to seriously think about investing in a RO\DI if you haven’t already as your tap may be a source of NO3 along with other hazardous minerals/phosphate.

I do 5 gal changes every week most of the time but lately I’ve been so busy I’ve been doing 15 gal changes each month on my 55 gal.

Lastly I would upgrade to a better performing skimmer like the Aqua C Remora Pro
http://www.aquarium-supply.biz/order...mer_remora.htm

Or the Turboflotor 1000
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...188x003&ctt=60
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Old 10-11-2005, 10:25 PM   #13
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Should I toss this thing out the window or can I salvage it?!?
Yes, it'd toss it. Seaclones are POSs. Coralifes' superskimmer and Aqua Remora make good products. Good luck!

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Old 10-11-2005, 10:36 PM   #14
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it takes at least 24 hours for salt mix to properly mix and stabilize.

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Thanks for the info. What would you say is the maximum you should let saltwater sit without a powerhead?
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You can store it for quite a while (weeks). Just make sure you airate it before doing the water change.
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