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Anybody happen to know off the top of their head how many cups of salt it takes to make 1.025 in a 5 gallon bucket? The recipe on the bucket is to make 1.021



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Do you not have a salinity tester? Extremely important thing to have as a reef owner
Of course I do, hence why I asked if someone knew off the top of their head. I just started mixing and have quite some time to wait before testing so I just thought I’d take my chances with the fam


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2 cups for 4 gals of water


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Ok I just started mixing 30 mins ago. Definitely need some time before checking but directions show half cup per gallon for 1.021 so I went and put 3 cups for 5 gallons. Gonna check later on. Thanks for feedback


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Ok I just started mixing 30 mins ago. Definitely need some time before checking but directions show half cup per gallon for 1.021 so I went and put 3 cups for 5 gallons. Gonna check later on. Thanks for feedback


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Make sure you have an air stone while mixing. It helps
 
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Never heard of that. What’s it supposed to do? Create some sort of aeration that helps with mixing?


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Although the Reef Crystals solution may be used immediately, we suggest aerating the water until it achieves oxygen/carbon dioxide equilibrium.
I can’t just make sure I leave it mixing for a while? Or is an air pump the only way to achieve that?


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I suggest getting a 10g plastic brute trash can. Gives you a little more room to work with. Plus if your salinity mix is to high you have room to add RO water.
 
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I suggest getting a 10g plastic brute trash can. Gives you a little more room to work with. Plus if your salinity mix is to high you have room to add RO water.
Hmmm I gotta look into the 10 gallon then. I know a 50gal brute container is way too big for my apartment balcony, which is where my little mixing station is lol thanks


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Hmmmm guess Im gonna have to get an air stone then. What can I test for to make sure I proper gas exchange?


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Not sure you need to get that elaborate, just an air stone while you mix. I have a pump, heater and air stone connected by a power strip. When I do a water change, I let it run for a few minutes and start adding it to the tank.
 
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Not sure you need to get that elaborate, just an air stone while you mix. I have a pump, heater and air stone connected by a power strip. When I do a water change, I let it run for a few minutes and start adding it to the tank.
Ok yeah cus I’m doing the basic powder hesd and heater mix method in a bucket. I’ve heard as long as I let my water sit for a day or two it’s the same thing… is that true?


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5 gal usually 3 cups depending on temp. I toss a powerhead in the bucket for 30mins then test
 
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