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    water chnges

    I am about to do my first water change, do I mix the salt and water the night before? After I let it sit, I just measure the salt content with my hydrometer? Then I take out 20% and just dump the new saltwater in?

    I just want to be sure that I'm not missing anything.

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    Sounds about right. Make sure that salinity and TEMP are the same as tank conditions.
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    if you are using tap water, you should put an airstone in the water for a couple of days to help bring the ph up and get the chlorine out of the water. if you are using RO/DI water you don't have to. add the salt and mix with powerheads for a day or so. check the salinity with your hydrometer and adjust as necessary. you should age the saltwater a couple of days before you use it. check the ph of the water and adjust as necessary to match the tank water and add a heater to bring the new water up to the same temp as the tank. when the water parameters of the new water and tank water are as close as possible, then do the water change.
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    Barry, thanks for clarifying that.... I've been lacking in time lately.
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    Agree with everything up above but just wanted to add that if you're using RO water and need the water fast ( emergancy situation)!! It is safe to use it after mixing in the salt for as little as 10 minutes.

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    Chlorine in tapwater

    Just a heads up, most water processing plants no longer use or just use Chlorine. They are mostly using Chloramine as it does not break down as quick as Chlorine. The air stone won't work for this so You will want to use a water conditioner. Even then Chloramine will still be there in some amounts. I know this sucks but unless you own an RO/DI you'll have to condition. Just an RO is not enought apperently for Chloramine as some studys have suggested so a Good RO/DI is almost a must.Check with your city.

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    and to add to that Chloramine thingy. The city will tend to dose more in the hotter months so you should really treat your water in the summer.

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    Kent has a Chloramine remover water treatment...
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    water chnges

    Hello all!

    For me, I use 2.5 gl bucket for fuel brought a Canadian tire( usefull wen I pour the water) and dechlorine it right away.
    Then I put an aistone in it, to have some mouvment and live it their to top off my thank.

    Wen I do a water change. I mix the salt just before symphoning, test the gravity and put the heater(2.5 gl dont take long heat up).

    Regards, Carl
    30 gl SWFO but upgrating

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    Welcome to AC Bouboule... looks like your already making yourself at home :thumb:

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