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Old 05/21/2021, 11:33 AM   #7
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Salt is easy to mix. Get a refractometer, an electronic wand that measures salt. I get mine on Amazon, pretty cheap. The label on the salt mix will tell you the basic measurement to reach 1.024, which is what you want. EG, one dry gallon of salt plus 32 gallons of ro/di water = 1.024 salinity, which is ideal---and you need an autotopoff unit with fresh ro/di feeding in to make up for evaporation as your tank loses water to that process: without that you can kill specimens or fish. Rubbermaid Brute trash cans make a safe mixing tank for salt water. You test it with the refractometer to be sure it's right and you add ro/di or salt until it is. You need a small mixing pump and just let it mix all night. Once the water is crystal clear it's ready to use in your tank. Do not skip the 'let it clear' step. If you don't want to run the math in your head, just use the handy on-line conversion apps for gallons and quarts etc.


Salinity 1.024-6; alkalinity 8.3-9.3 on KH scale; calcium 420; magnesium 1300, temp 78-80, nitrate .2. Ammonia 0. No filters: lps tank. Alk and cal won't rise if mg is low.

Current Tank Info: 105g AquaVim wedge, chromis, royal gramma basslet, tailspot blenny, ocellaris clown, yellow watchman, chestnut turbo snails, bristleworms, couple of hermits.
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