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princesuhaib 04-04-2009 09:36 PM

salt in my tank
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?

Please let me know!

Thank You

onefish2fish 04-04-2009 10:02 PM

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?

princesuhaib 04-04-2009 10:29 PM

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!

onefish2fish 04-04-2009 11:20 PM

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.

Pasfur 04-04-2009 11:26 PM

RO is best, but to address the question, you need to use powerheads angled at the sand to mix the salt.

Kellsindell 04-04-2009 11:58 PM

Agreed or you can mix it yourself... but then again you should always have at least one power head...

princesuhaib 04-05-2009 06:01 PM

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?
Thank You

princesuhaib 04-05-2009 08:22 PM

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?

onefish2fish 04-05-2009 09:22 PM

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.

princesuhaib 04-05-2009 09:56 PM

I have a hydrometer right now and it seems to not give an accurate reading is this common?

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