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Old 12-03-2003, 07:42 PM   #1
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POLL! How you mix your Saltwater when you change it?

I am in the process of cycling a tank. since there is nothing in it I didnt have to worry about certain things like temperature, chlorine and ph
I was wondering what all your methods were and how they might vary. I plan on mixing about 10 gallons at a time since I have a 45 g tank. I have purchased a small Hamper for this. I figure Add the water. Mix your salt. dechlorinate the water, get the PH Correct then let it sit for how long with a heater to get to correct temp. Maybe i can set the can aside the tank when the water is ready. Then use 1 of my powerheads with some tubing from the hardware store. Maybe even a small sump pump used for pool covers could work as well. Just wondering what your methouds were and if I need to get myself a water Purifier or RO unit for a FOWLR tank . Fire Away!!!!

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Old 12-03-2003, 08:21 PM   #2
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Hi Dela,
A RO wouldnt hurt but is not necessary for a FO tank. I usually mix my water in a trashcan and aerate and heat it for a day before adding it to my tank. If you want to use a PH i would suggest one with very little flow, i drip my water into my tank.

While your rock is cycling you should be aware of your temp, SG, PH, and ALK levels. Keeping these in the correct range will keep die-off to a minimum.
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Keeping track of those are no problem as I have the necessary test kits. As far as dripping the water in that sounds like a great idea. do you just use a bucket with a siphon and a knot in the hose so it drips real slow?

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I just mix mine up in a 5 gal bucket, make sure everything is correct, and run it in with the siphon hose. Am I doing something wrong?
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Old 12-03-2003, 10:00 PM   #5
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I do the same 2cents... I adjsut the salinity carefully but as far as temp goes I just match it by touch.

I mix in 5 gal buckets, coleman coolers, whatever happens to be nearby, drop a powerhead in there for 5-10 minutes, adjust it and go to town.
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same here, 5 gall bucket and a piece of 5/8 heater hose after mixing thoroughly
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Sounds like I may be doing to many extra steps I use RO water, adjust salinity, heat and aerate overnight. Next day I check temp & if the same, I fast drip in. Am I doing too much work or is this OK?
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I guess ( im still an apprentice here ) that this depends on your setup and how your tap water is. Many of us Have very hard water with a nice stable ph of like 7.2 but at the same time the water is so hard it is likely the culprit of all of our algae blooms. My friend, If we all had RO units and tons of elements to add i think we' would all do it. If you got a reef and have high light output i would say you have been diong your job well. If you have a fowlr tank or fo tank it might be slight overkill but a good practice nonetheless

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I use RO water, mix in the salt, heat and airate for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours if the temp and salinity are the same I then drain from my tanks as much as I have mixed new and use a PH to pump in the new water.

never had any algae bloom or other issues.
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I think your practices are great drinkingbird. Much of the water we use, especially RO, is very low in oxygen. It is a good practice to aerate the water overnight regardless of the type of system and obviously matching salinity, PH, and temp are important. The only thing I see as a little much is the drip method, siphoning it right in should not create a problem.
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