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I have been mixing my WC water for my 10g nano in a standard 5 gallon plastic bucket. I mix 3 gallons but only use a gallon at a time (I do regular frequent WCs every week). After I use the water I'm going to for the WC I seal the bucket up with it's lid and store it. After a few days though I've noticed the water will smell pretty bad (I'm guessing a combination of the saltwater and the plastic bucket). Is this normal? Is the water OK? How long can saltwater be sealed up and stored in a bucket after it's mixed? I heat it up to 76F and stir it up real good to aerate it before I do the WC. It doesn't readily appear that any of my tank inhabitants really care. I'm using RO water and Instant Ocean Reef Crystals for the mix FYI. Any advice? Thanks!