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Old 04-26-2011, 09:38 AM   #1
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Testing

Will a cold water temp affect a salt water test?
I've put sand in, waited, tested, and put more in again and I still get the exact same results...
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:39 AM   #2
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Salt... Not sand
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:53 AM   #3
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What are you trying to read? If you mean things like ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate if it's premixed SW made with RO/DI water you shouldn't get any readings
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Testing for the salt level. This water is tap with prime...
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Tap water will cause an unbelievable algae out break. It is best to start a new tank with RO water right from the start. How are you reading the SG with a refractometer or hydrometer? It is best to mix your water out of the tank so you have more control and mix with a power head overnight to completely dissolve everything.
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Hydrometer. Ill have an ro/di in about a week. I know about the algae.
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Hydrometers are known to be innaccurate, that might be why you're getting the same reading over and over.

If it's in your budget a refractometer is a priceless purchase for about $30-50
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Agreed, you'll appreciate a refractometer. I switched recently and have not looked back since.
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My hydrometer was WAY off, lol. I bought a refractometer a little while ago, my salt was ridiculously high, but the hydrometer had said it was 1.024.
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