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Old 02-06-2012, 08:57 PM   #21
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A pile of unmixed salt at the bottom is definitely a bad thing for livestock!
After you cycle the tank you will want to mix your salt and water outside the tank for a long time to ensure it's completely dissolved, before adding it to the aquarium.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:35 PM   #22
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What are using to measure your salinity? If you are using one of those swing arm pieces of junk don't trust what it says. I ditched my after day 2 and got a refractometer. Mine was off by .004 so it said 1.020 and it was really 1.024 so I wouldn't trust them as far as I can throw them. They suck imo. Go to your lfs and they will likely check it for free.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:50 PM   #23
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Atleast my hydrometer is consistently inaccurate. I just know that 1.030 actually means 1.025
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:50 PM   #24
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Yeah mine was also I was just saying for trouble shooting purposes most people wouldn't think that they would be off. Just a helpful tip. Get it double checked against your hydrometer
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:45 AM   #25
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Just mix the salts around with your Powerheads it should dissolve. When you do water changes tho mix your salt for a long while before you add into your tank.
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Thanks guys. I currently use a hydrometer, but I was planning on getting a refractometer this weekend anyway.
Will definitely get on to getting that salt dissolved, thanks!
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Let us now how it works out. For future tanks what I did to prevent that was had Powerheads and pump circulating the water as I added salt also added it slowly.
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I added it slowly, and I had my pump running, and I stirred, but mine is a central pump and I have no power heads, so I'm going to need another way to get it to dissolve or remove it somehow..
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It wouldn't hurt to get atleast one power head even if it is a cheap one from walmart or someplace like that and I know petco has them. Just get a $20 one and use that for now. When you replace it with the ones for your tank use it to mix your water for pwc that's what I did and it works fine
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Will it have the same effect in a biorb though?
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