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Old 02-21-2012, 11:41 AM   #11
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I would recommend marking the water line with a marker or piece of tape on the outside. With that splash there's going to be a lot of evaporation.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:51 AM   #12
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Ok i got the tape, the .01 to raise it... But to lower salinity. I cant find one article on it.

How do you lower tank salinity, maintain and PH ?
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:26 PM   #13
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Ok i got the tape, the .01 to raise it... But to lower salinity. I cant find one article on it.

How do you lower tank salinity, maintain and PH ?
Here is a great article on hyposalinity


hypoOSTtherapyart.htm
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:35 PM   #14
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When the salinity in the system is lowered initially, it is done as if performing a normal water change, except that the replacement water is simply RO water or detoxified tap water without the salt (Don Carner, pers. com.). (If the replacement water is RO/DI or other softened source, then a buffering agent should be employed to prevent pH and alkalinity drops; Thiel, 2003.) Make sure the freshwater you add is thoroughly mixed with the remaining saltwater in the tank as you proceed. This will assure that your salinity/specific gravity readings are accurate. Monitor the lowering closely so as to not reduce it too fast. Achieving the desired specific gravity over a period of several hours is fine (Don Carner, pers. com.). The bacteria colony in the biofilter will survive, the fish will survive, but the parasites will not (Don Carner, pers. com.).

So take out lets say 2 gallons and replace with 2 RO gallons, same temp.... And watch PH?
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Thats the tricky part..TBH,i never did it this way..I have ALWAYS QT'ed right away and put the fish into hypo conditions from the start..My QT was and is always at 1.009..I'm really not sure how much you need to take out and replace
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Ok well i seem to be doing the "unknown" but i am not afraid!

Ok so here it goes!

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Im taking out 2 gallon and replacing it with same temp freshwater. Salinity now 1.020 and temp 77.7*.

ph 7.5-8.0 reading
No2 & no3 good

And my stupid ammonia test is freshwater only. Off to the store with the rug rats!
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Ok well i seem to be doing the "unknown" but i am not afraid!

Ok so here it goes!

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Im taking out 2 gallon and replacing it with same temp freshwater. Salinity now 1.020 and temp 77.7*.

ph 7.5-8.0 reading
No2 & no3 good

And my stupid ammonia test is freshwater only. Off to the store with the rug rats!
,,gotta love it ,,its always an adventure ...

good luck with the hypo,,it should go smoothly though,and don't be afraid..I'm more afraid taking my kids to stores than doing hypo..
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Grab yourself a turkey baster
You can suck uneaten food and fish waste off of the bottom so easily. Keeps ammonia down.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:38 PM   #19
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Did the vacumming of waste with my hypo transformation.

As of 2:30et my readings are as followed

Ph still 7.5-8.0
Salinity came down! 1.016
Ammonia 0mg
Temp 78.4
Fish look so bored in there

Look how nerdy my kitchen looks!!!

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if i went and saw that in someone's kitchen i'd be impressed
do you have any pvc pipes? cutting them up and putting them in there can give them more places to hide
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