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Old 04-07-2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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1.018 ppm... How to raise salinity?


Ok so my salinity is way low. I want to know if its cool to top of my tank with salt water until it rises? will that be too slow? everything seems happy for the most part but I would like to safely raise this up.. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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yes, you can top off with premixed saltwater until you get the salinity up to your target range
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Ok so my salinity is way low. I want to know if its cool to top of my tank with salt water until it rises? will that be too slow? everything seems happy for the most part but I would like to safely raise this up.. Any suggestions?

topping off with salt water is the best way -
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:30 PM   #4
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Wow quick answers!! Thanks for the info!
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:31 PM   #5
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no problem
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:52 PM   #6
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Yep!
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...and slow is actually good...more than a little bit each day for several days will stress your little friends.
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:32 AM   #8
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Is this from a refractometer or one of those swing arm salinity/specific gravity tester. If it is indeed a swing arm one, you might want to cross reference your salinity level with a refractometer. But if you are using a refractometer, do what the other guys have said... I just top off with salt water until it gets to the correct S.G.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:18 AM   #9
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Ditto what b16drag said....test with Refractometer. (if you don't have one, your LFS should)
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I agree, toping off with SW is the best move

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I have to do the same thing.I got home from work and my skimmer was leaking and triped the GFIC out and luckly only lost 2 gallons,so I had 2 gallons of top-off added.Luckly just a little off .So I added a little salt to my top off.
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I agree with every one here, the slower the better - - don't want to stress the tank.

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Um... what are you keeping? if it is fish then your salinity is fine. I have kept my tank (fish/coral) around 1.018-1.020 for a few years now with no problem. the fish are actually healthier.
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i agree with twitterbait...if it's fish only, then your sg is fine
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I don't see any upside in keeping any tank at 1.018 - yeah lower salinity helps reduce stress but their is a point of diminishing returns and you have to take into acct that corals, snails etc don't tolerate lower salinity as well as fish. Last I recall the wholesalers were transmitting fish at 1.019 to reduce stress .. and some retailers were dropping salinity a few points so they could shorten the acclimation period between wholesaler/retailer.
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