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post #1 of 11 Old 04-04-2009, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone, Thank you in advance for helping me out!

I have just began setting up my new tank and first I added non live sand than I added fresh water, than I added my 2 power heads to get the water moving, than I got my water temperature to 78 degrees and stable, than I added 60 Gal worth of Salt. Now I still have salt on the bottom of my tank, on top of the sand, and I can still see the currents which looks slimy which I beleive is from the salt. How can I get the salt to evenly distrute, or should the salt just sit on the bottom?

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-04-2009, 10:02 PM
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you cant mix salt once sand (or anything else, rock, livestock.. ) is in the tank.

what kind of water did you use, what salt and sand?

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-04-2009, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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I have nothing in my tank, I have non live sand. I used fresh water cause its a brand new tank! I was advised it was ok by 2 different people at my local fish stores!
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-04-2009, 11:20 PM
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i understand you have non live sand, what brand or type? if its something heavier you could aim the powerhead more down towards it to help without creating much of a sand storm but im wondering what sand you have.
tap water is going to cause alot of issues down the road, i highly suggest using RO/DI water only.
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-04-2009, 11:26 PM
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RO is best, but to address the question, you need to use powerheads angled at the sand to mix the salt.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-04-2009, 11:58 PM
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Agreed or you can mix it yourself... but then again you should always have at least one power head...

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post #7 of 11 Old 04-05-2009, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hey I have 2 power heads and all the salt is cleared up!

My heat is stable at 78 degrees Fahrenheit! My question is do i set up my trickle system and the pump to pump the water back in my tank first or add the live sand first?
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-05-2009, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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the salt was red sea salt enough for 60 gallons it said, but i have a 75 gallon tank, will my salt level be lower than enough?
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-05-2009, 09:22 PM
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you need to get a refractometer to test your salinity level and for future salt mixing do it in a seperate container with a powerhead and heater.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-05-2009, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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I have a hydrometer right now and it seems to not give an accurate reading is this common?
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