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Old 08-20-2009, 12:26 PM   #1
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What if i still see salt crystals?

I am trying to do a 25% water change in my 55 gallon tank, and i am worrying about the new water i am putting in.
I mixed the saltwater yesterday morning, and when i looked at it this morning, i can still see salt crystals in the water. I am using instant ocean, and i measured the salt to a tea, but it just doesnt seem to be dissolving.
So can you still see salt crystals after you have mixed the salt with R/O water. Or should it be completely dissolved to the point were the water looks clear?
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:49 PM   #2
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Yes, it should dissolve completely.

Side note- Do NOT count on measuring the salt to yield the proper SG levels. You need to be testing it throughout (preferably with a refractometer).
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:49 PM   #3
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So it should dissolve completely. HAs anyone else had a problem with salt not dissolving completely?
ALso, i have a hydrometer, and it checks out to be a perfect level. 1.024.
So i cant figure it out....
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I have the same problem before until I got an extra heater.
did u heat up your mixed water to the same temp as your tank?
IME that will help dissolve the salt a little bit faster.

if they r crystal built at the bottom, just ignore them, but don't add them to your tank.
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I haven't, but I don't use IO. I have heard of others having this issue with it.
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I haven't, but I don't use IO. I have heard of others having this issue with it.
wt salt do u use HN1, I am thinking to change my salt mix.
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:19 PM   #7
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Seachem Reef, I was happy with Oceanic but couldn't pass up a deal on the Seachem. Side note- the online vendor sent the wrong salt (Red Sea) so we're trying to trade it for either of the aforementioned.
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How are you mixing it? Did you just stir it up, or do you have a pump/powerhead in there to mix it? We use a pretty large pump (which also eliminates the need for us to heat the water) and never have this problem. However, I've had the same issue in the past with IO.
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I use Instant Ocean... And its building up along the edges of my container, werre the water level ends. And there are actually salt crystals floating on the top of it as well. And they are very noticable, like sort of clump9ing together a little bit.
I am using a powerful heater, and a powerhead which have both been mixing for about 29 hours. With no results, and im confused!
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sometime I will have a white layer on top, I will use a net to skim it away before I add the water.

if wel r having crystal problem with IO, maybe we should try other salt mix OoO
or try severum's method, use a pump to mix the water.
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