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Old 11-16-2006, 10:54 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by fargo_182
you want to premix the water before doing the PWC, letting it settle for atleast 24 hours with a heater and powerhead/airstone. Gets the PH where you need it to be and temperature or your readings will be wacky. And if you did it the way you were asking, and had inhabitants you would basically shock/kill them.
I have 125 with 2x 70gal heaters. I have no way of mixing 12gal of water ahead of time including heating/powerhead.

Water has been evaporating while I'm cycling and I've just been adding cold tap water (as salinity is a little high already as all the salt dissolves) but I was planing to just add cold tap water and salt as required when I did have fish.

And for water changes I'd add warm water/salt but I figured a small change would not affect temperature much or salinity.

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Old 11-17-2006, 10:43 AM   #12
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You must pre mix your salt water. Rubbermaid tote or I use 5 gallon buckets. Salt is too caustic to put salt straight in the tank. You will meet with disaster adding salt mix straight to your tank. Need to sit at least 24 hrs after pre mix to add to the tank.

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I agree with the rest about premixing the water. If you add salt straight to your tank, it could injusre your critters, by burning them. Plus, in pre mixing, it will dissolve equally and settle out what ever gunk is in the salt mix. I put mine in a plastic bucket (in one of my bath tubs), add a ph, salt and heater, on Friday, then forget about it until Sunday (well I test the salinity), then switch out the old SW, clean my equipment and add the new SW.

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