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Sunstar
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PostPosted: 2009.03.07(Sat)7:28    Post subject: Just setting up a SW tank Reply with quote

I was given a salt water tank, salt, filter, heater, light... some live sand. But I forgot to ask, what is my mix for salt water per gallon. this is a 5.5 gallon tank, so I am doing a nano.
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PostPosted: 2009.03.07(Sat)19:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avoid the guesswork, you need a Hydrometer or Refractometer, see here:
http://www.aquariumguys.com/hydrometers.html
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PostPosted: 2009.03.09(Mon)8:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

you're new to the hobby?
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PostPosted: 2009.03.13(Fri)0:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a hydrometer.

I am new to salt tanks. I just needed to get the measuremetn of dry salt to make my mix. all in all, it's good Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2009.03.13(Fri)0:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just set up my first marine tank too. I had a box of salt for 120l (Swapped for some fish) all I did was work out that the tank would need at least half the box. I added this allowed it to dissolve and then kept adding salt a cup at a time until I got the required SG.

All salts are different so no one will be able to tell you the exact amount of salt to add. It will be easier to judge once you keep testing the SG after adding a cupful.

The other thing to be aware of is that the SG will read different at different temperatures so you need to get the water to the required temp first.
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