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Old 12-05-2003, 02:53 PM   #11
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I us a 30 gal trashcan. I fillit with RO water. Drop in a heater and powerhead. Let the water come up to tank temp (80F) and then I slowly sift in salt till I have added enough to get it to an approx SG of 1.025 I then let it sit for 24 hours and then check the SG. I then either add salt or add RO water to get the mix to where i want it.

I put a top over the salt at this point and leave it till im ready to use it. I leave the heater and powerhead in the trashcan utnil its empty and then i remove the items.
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Old 12-05-2003, 08:17 PM   #12
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I use a 5 gal bucket, fill it with my r/o water, drop in a PH to to mix up the water and then add salt until its close to the 1.025 mark....add a heater and let the water mix for 4-6 hrs; check the salinity and heat and adjust if needed. When the water is ready, I siphon 5 gal out of my tank and use the PH in the bucket to pump the new water in.....thats it
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Old 12-06-2003, 05:14 PM   #13
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Slightly off topic but same idea. How long is water good for? Say if i mixed up a 5 gal bucket of water just for top offs and such, what would i need to do to keep it "fresh" ?
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Old 12-06-2003, 05:32 PM   #14
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I do 3 gallon water changes. Put store bought RO water into a 5 gallon bucket. Add the approximate amount of salt mix. I use a maxi-jet 600 to mix the water and a ebo jager heater to heat. I run the powerhead with the aerating feature to oxygenate the water. I let the water mix overnight and check salinity the next day and adjust as necessary. I usually let the water mix for at least 24 hours, then siphon the 3 gallons out of the tank and then add the freshly mixed SW in about 1-2 cup loads. I don't drip it in...no reason if the temp and salinity are close.
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Old 12-08-2003, 12:10 AM   #15
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Rubix cube, top off water for evaperation should not be salt water...The water evaporates and the salt stays, so all you need to do is add more water. Im not sure if you were talking about evaporation top offs or topping off after you acclimate a fish or something. As far as keeping slat water fresh, I think all you need to make sure is that doesn't sit for too long, it needs to be moved around by a PH. An airstone might also be needed, not sure though.
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I have a 32G barrel that is automatically topped off from my RO/DI system. I have also calibrated the barrel so that I know where the water level is for 10 and 20 gallons out. When I need to do water changes (see my gallery) I shut off the DI feed valve, do my water changes and then turn the fill valve back on. Shutting it off will prevent dilution of my mix while I am doing the changes. Inside the tank, I have a submersible heater, a floating thermometer and a Maxijet powerhead going at all times (except when I so the changes, then I shut down the heater). Once the barrel is filled again and up to temp, I then add approximately the quantity (conservative) that I need and then test and adjust using a hydrometer. That water stays mixed in the barrel and agitated with the powerhead 24/7 for at least a week. There is no specific "shelf-life" for the mix, as long as you keep it agitated. I have my powerhead at the bottom of the barrel with the discharge pointing up so that there is good agitation and good oxygenation of the water. HTH 8)
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