View Poll Results: What kind of salt do you use or do you but it pre made?

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Thread: Salt

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    Salt

    I should put this in the polls but oh well. Has anyone other than me (lol) had trouble mixing thier own salt? I bought 2 differnet bags and the stuff wont disolve, never had that problem before. Has anyone else?
    And because I know you'll ask I bought Instant Ocean
    Just wondering! Thanks

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    Opps should have looked at my spelling first lol

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    IO salt dose take longer then some to dissolve. Put a power head in there and keep it mixed up.
    Here's a little trick. When you are mixing up any brand of salt start by mixing it up in a smaller amount of water like say take a 25 gallon mix and put it in a 5 gallon bucket. Mix that up real good. Then take that "super salty" mix and add it to the other 20 gallons and it will dissolve much much faster.
    Rob

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    Sorry salty but that made no sense to me

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    no problem Linda. Lets say you want to mix up 10 gallons of salt water. Take the amount of salt you need for the 10 gallons and pre-mix it into a container that holds 2 gallons of water. Stir it up real good. It will be of VERY high salinity and very white. Now if you take that 2 gallons of very high salinity water and add it to 8 more gallons of water you will have 10 gallons of salt water in total and the salt will dissolve much quicker. This is a good trick for mixing up large volumes like when you set up a new 50 or 10 gallon tank.
    Rob

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    Thanks got it Ill try that. Had to do an emergency water change today and the darn stuff wouldnt desolve. Had to run to the store to get premix. I guess from now on Ill have to set aside some extra. Killed my darn urchin. Dosent pay to be lazy when working with a salt tank
    Thanks again

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    Ok I can see how it would help mix a larger amount of water faster, but wouldn't it take longer to mix 10g worth of salt in 2 g of water??

    Linda you can throw an airline in there for oxygenation.
    James...

    "Knowing is half the battle!" ~ G.I. JOE

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    you can mix up 25 gallons in about 5 gallons of water into a heavy slurry and store it for several months as long as no air gets to it and no light, store in GLASS bottles
    Rob

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    Im sorry but doesnt glass make light

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    clear glass dose but dark glass dose not. Or put the clear glass in a dark cupboard or slip a few trash bags over the bottle. To old glass water cooler bottles are PERFECT for this type of storage.
    Rob

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