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bpseoe
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PostSubject: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime11/3/2009, 9:48 am

Does any one know how many cups of salt are to go in a 5 gallon tub to reach a level of 1.025. I have so far put in 4 cups and the hydrometer is only reading 1.013. I'm using Instant Ocean and directions state to put in half a cup for each gallon to achieve 1.022. Maybe it's this hydrometer. I so need a refractometer.
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime11/3/2009, 11:04 am

i cannot help you, i never follow the instructions on the salt. i prefer to keep my salinity at 1.024 which is better for the corals and does not harm the fish and is actually more spot on to actual ocean conditions. i just put my water in a large rubbermaid style trash can with a water pump running in it and i slowly poru salt in a little at a time and test with a hydrometer until it is at 1.024 (you could also use a refractometer if you have one).
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime11/8/2009, 11:55 am

yea.. i dont mix my own water...i dont use enough lol just follow raptors orders.. add a little at a time. your not too far off with your reading
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime11/10/2009, 4:50 pm

when you mix your water dont forget to add either marine buffer or reef buffer (to get your ph where it needs to be) dechlorinatore (if you are using tap water and not using an rodi unit) also make sure if you are doing a reef to also add reef builder to the water . all of the products are seachem products.
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/22/2009, 12:19 am

i buy my water from the lfs and my tank is at .024 cant help :(
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/23/2009, 11:25 am

your salinity levels will be fine at 1.020 to 1.024, if you are keeping fish only then .020 to .023 will be fine. if you want corals then i suggest .023 to .024
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/23/2009, 12:10 pm

I have never checked mine. I buy my water already mixed from Fish Ranch($.99 a gallon). Water changes cost me about $25 a month for all my SW tanks .
Pretty cheap
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/23/2009, 3:09 pm

Including ur 2 gallon acrylic? LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/23/2009, 3:12 pm

philuponthepho wrote:
Including ur 2 gallon acrylic? LOL

I did my first water change Sunday and only needing a cup and a half.
It took all of 1 1/2 minutes to drain and top back off.
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/23/2009, 3:16 pm

lol! Im going to start a salt on my 55 when I can find a tank for my flowerhorn cry I am planning on making my own live rock and everything. It'll be a DIY everything! besides tank and protein skimmer
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/23/2009, 5:00 pm

philuponthepho wrote:
lol! Im going to start a salt on my 55 when I can find a tank for my flowerhorn cry I am planning on making my own live rock and everything. It'll be a DIY everything! besides tank and protein skimmer

It will take along time for base rock to be considered live.
People always put base rock under live rock to have a more full like.
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/23/2009, 5:10 pm

I received advice from lordraptor on how to make live rock super fast! Should take 1 month.
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/29/2009, 5:16 pm

philuponthepho wrote:
I received advice from lordraptor on how to make live rock super fast! Should take 1 month.

i never said it would be super fast, i just said that using stability will help seed your biological filtration and make it faster, using stability in a NEW tank and 1 or 2 hardy fish your biological filter will go through cycle in 7 days (but that was with me using live rock not base rock). it may take a bit to get base rock live although if you keep it in circulating water with a heater and a protein skimmer on it i dont see why it wouldnt be live in like 1 to 3 months (more on the side of 3 months) i would suggest you go with some base and some live (you can find live rock on some forums for as little as 2.50 a lb
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/30/2009, 2:00 pm

Years ago when i had a saltwater tank I had base rock stacked with my live rock when i started my saltwater tank. Stuff started growing on the base rock after a month and a half or so, but I wouldn't have called it live rock. I figure it would take a while to make live rock from scratch.


Question: About a month after I set up my saltwater tank I noticed little teeny tiny start fish on the front of the glass and on some of the rocks. There were a BUNCH of them! They would usually come out after I turned the lights off and scoot across the glass. I figured they came from the live rock because I didn't put them in there. It was kinda like getting snails from plants lol. Anyway, I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else?
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/30/2009, 4:11 pm

chicknefoot87 wrote:
Years ago when i had a saltwater tank I had base rock stacked with my live rock when i started my saltwater tank. Stuff started growing on the base rock after a month and a half or so, but I wouldn't have called it live rock. I figure it would take a while to make live rock from scratch.


Question: About a month after I set up my saltwater tank I noticed little teeny tiny start fish on the front of the glass and on some of the rocks. There were a BUNCH of them! They would usually come out after I turned the lights off and scoot across the glass. I figured they came from the live rock because I didn't put them in there. It was kinda like getting snails from plants lol. Anyway, I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else?

yessiree, i get alot of hitchikers on my live rock. i have starfish, brittle stars, pods, and mysids to name a few, all of this stuff came on my live rock (i sure didnt buy it and put it in but i have them LOL)
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PostSubject: Re: Salinity Levels   Salinity Levels Icon_minitime12/30/2009, 4:17 pm

lordraptor1 wrote:
chicknefoot87 wrote:
Years ago when i had a saltwater tank I had base rock stacked with my live rock when i started my saltwater tank. Stuff started growing on the base rock after a month and a half or so, but I wouldn't have called it live rock. I figure it would take a while to make live rock from scratch.


Question: About a month after I set up my saltwater tank I noticed little teeny tiny start fish on the front of the glass and on some of the rocks. There were a BUNCH of them! They would usually come out after I turned the lights off and scoot across the glass. I figured they came from the live rock because I didn't put them in there. It was kinda like getting snails from plants lol. Anyway, I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else?

yessiree, i get alot of hitchikers on my live rock. i have starfish, brittle stars, pods, and mysids to name a few, all of this stuff came on my live rock (i sure didnt buy it and put it in but i have them LOL)


Cool! It was neat to see them scoot along the glass at night. I'm waiting for the day when I can have fish tanks again cry Then I'm going to get a saltwater again!
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