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Old 12-14-2006, 10:01 PM   #11
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That's pretty cool!
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so when i do get everything, i will be able to set up a tub next to an outlet, put the powerheads in there, and start pre-mixing my saltwater. i can just cover up the tub, and periodically check on the salinity. that would work, right? anyways, i can get the tub, then i can put the rock and the powerheads into the water for a few days and be set.
Are you talking about curing the base rock, in the tub? If so, you have a great idea. If you are talking premixing water for your tank, I would leave the top open, to promote proper gas exchange.
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kind of both. i wanted to leave the base rock in there for a little while extra. but i'm not 100% sure yet. and i will leave the tub open for sure. i didn't think about the gas exchange. i was more worried about evaporation. will i need lights over the rock while it's sitting?
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I don't believe you need lights for that, just a ph, heater. Evaporation can be taken care of with FW, as long as you top off with the same amount, I wouldn't worry about a huge salinity swing or either a small amount (especially in the case of curing the base rock). While I premix my water, I just have a line that is formed from the trace elements of my well water. Once I get my salinity right, I just fill up to the line.
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you just refill with freshwater? how does that work?
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Remember, the water will evaporate from both your tank and bucket, the salt will remain. You will want to top off both with FW.
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ooohhhh, now i get it. that makes sense. and when you do a water change, you are actually removing some of the salt and that's why you need to replace it. i got it now, thanks.
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Well, when you do a PWC, you are going to want to replace the same amount of SW and the same salinity as you take out. Between PWCs, your water will evaporate, not the salt, so the salinity will rise, that is why you use FW for top offs. I hope that explains it better.
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yeah, i got it now. thanks man for the help. it's appreciated
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