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new salt aquarium is way high in sodium-help!
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cindy
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PostPosted: 2003.05.28(Wed)10:13    Post subject: new salt aquarium is way high in sodium-help! Reply with quote

Help!!! I just gave my hubby a salt tank-65 gal hex- and today he fiddled with the saline level and it's WAY high- I've removed about 5 gal of water and replaced it with Reverse Osmosis, but hesitate to remove more and mess up the "bio' of the new tank. There are 3 fishies.....uh can't remember what kind, small..about thumb size....can't get hold of our local fish contact at the store.....is this urgent? What do I do? (He had to go to a business meeting....left me to try what I could) Oh we also have 12 snails. Thanks!
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helenjc
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PostPosted: 2003.05.28(Wed)11:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

How did he make the level too high? How and why was he fiddling?

What specific gravity did it start at? What SG did it wind up at? What SG are you trying to get it to? Is this a fish only tank or does is also have corals?

If the swings were very high, it may have done some damage. Above all, stability is key. If you are trying to lower the SG back to normal, do not do it too quickly. Your method sounds good, removing some water, and adding fresh.

Also, is this a newly set up tank?
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karlas
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PostPosted: 2003.06.01(Sun)11:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your slainity should be 1.021-1.025 how hi was it? You can change your salinity about a point per day safely. I did this but went the other way from brackish to salt and 1/day is the best especially if there are fish in the tank. Do you mesure your change water before adding to the tank? When you mix it you want it the same salinity as the tank or pretty close. If your removing salt water and replacinng with fresh then you should be OK after a few changes, just keep doing what you are doing and it should be fine.
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