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Old 03-29-2011, 11:27 PM   #41
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When the water evaporates, the salt is left behind. Therefore, adding more salt ups the salinity.

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Old 03-29-2011, 11:29 PM   #42
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Oh, that is very clever. I would've never thought of that. Thank you.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:33 PM   #43
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No problem. I try to help as much as I can, but that isn't much; I'm a freshie girl.

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I got my refractometer from ebay for $30 one of my prized possessions. LOL

Wre you nitrites higher before? cause your waiting for them to spike then the trates will follow. Are you doing fish only or reef I forgot hehe. SAlinity on reef is a tad higher if ur a reefie.

I keep a bucket of premixed salt water at the ready as well. You never know when youll need it.
i got mine today my hydrometer said my salinity was .028 the refractometer says .025 very accurate glad i purchased it
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i got mine today my hydrometer said my salinity was .028 the refractometer says .025 very accurate glad i purchased it
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Whew, just had a scare. I did the ammonia #1 and #2 bottles backwards and my reading was .5. So then I tested again the right way and it said 0. So then I tested again to see which one was right and it was 0 again.

My nitrites are 0. My nitrates are at 10. Is this an acceptable level?
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Generally you shouldn't worry until your nitrAtes hit above forty. Ten is perfect.

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You're coming along! Sure you didnt mix up the nitrate bottles too? ROFL j/k lol
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You're coming along! Sure you didnt mix up the nitrate bottles too? ROFL j/k lol
Thank you.

LOL, I'm sure!
I only noticed though because the ammonia test got cloudy after the first bottle.

I was totally unprepared on what to do if my ammonia was .5. I was thinking "crap! umm water change?.. i don't have any prepared"
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Nice man! Coming along just fine! Glad to hear, and yes 10 nitrate is very acceptable. Zero is perfect but 10 is just fine!
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