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Old 02-27-2011, 01:30 AM   #1
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How to raise salinity?


Whats the right way to raise salinity? Im about 1.022 right now... 55g w/ 20g sump...
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:42 AM   #2
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i would slowly raise it with water changes every 3-4 weeks add water with a 1.024-1.025 salinity just to raise it slightly. in 2-3 months you should be around 1.024
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:54 AM   #3
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Any faster ways? (without hurting anything)
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:56 AM   #4
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At that rate, i wouldnt go up. Im on a steady down rate as it is.... i would say about 1 point every 2 weeks...
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:02 AM   #5
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when i first setup my 55g hex my salinity was over 1.030 and i was new to the hobby and didn't understand much. i knew my salinity had to be between 1.023-1.026 so the very next day i did a 20% water change with 1.022 to drop it down. now this did work and at the time i had 2 clowns that came with the tank and they did survive. but if i knew then what i know now i wouldn't recommend it.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:03 AM   #6
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if you have just fish it should be ok to drop it a little quicker but if you have any LPS or SPS corals i would drop it slow.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:04 AM   #7
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I understand not goin to fast. But thats too slooooowwww.... Can i use salt water for ATO? Like a low salinity mix?
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:25 AM   #8
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:32 AM   #9
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With a small gap like that, I would just do my top-off with saltwater at the salinity I was aiming for. It will raise it slow enough not to hurt anything. Just keep a close eye on your salinity each time you do it, so you don't start going over.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:33 AM   #10
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Top off with saltwater. The faster, the more stress on your animals.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:39 AM   #11
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How big is the tank? if it's 55 gal or larger I would just do your top off with salt water. Even topping off with salt water will take a little while to get it there.
Think about how much change there is in salinity if you don't top off for a week. most of our aquatic life handles that change just fine. (mine always has anyway).
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:09 AM   #12
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ditto.

i prefer to keep my systems at 1.026. the slower the better.

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Old 02-27-2011, 08:15 AM   #13
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I've been slowly raising mine. The saltwater I get from LFS is at 1.023, and I averaged 1.024 with mixing my own water, I am trying to get to the 1.026. It's been several weeks, but I am at 1.025. I agree to top off with saltwater and keep a good check on it. It can easily get too high, which obviously is bad.
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