help mixing Instant Ocean Salt

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  1. adamSpline

    adamSpline Plankton

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    I have been using Instant Ocean Sea Salt, but I have not had great results getting the salt to dissolve in the water.

    This is what I do... two gallons of water, with one cup of salt, mixed in a bucket, stir it a bit every hour or so, let it sit over night, in the morning there are still salt particles, I stir it more and more, but still salt on bottom of bucket and floating in water.

    Eventually, I do just add it to the tank (the hydrometer gives my tank a good reading). But, I am surprised it takes so long to mix? Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong? Could it have something to do with my local tap water (oops... yes I am using tap water that is de-choronized... I know.. I know). Any other ideas?

    Typically, I try to go to the get real ocean water once a week, so really I just mix salt for emergencies (which tends to happen more than I want)

    Thanks

    -Adam
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  3. cuttingras

    cuttingras Starving Artist :)

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    stick a powerhead in with it and let it sit overnight
  4. Bogie

    Bogie Snowflake Eel

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    The problem might be your tap water. But how much undissolved salt are we talking about here? Half a teaspoon or less at the bottom of the bucket? Might not be a big concern, but salt mix does have a mix of elements in it, not just (NaCl) salt. So hopefully that isn't other undissolvable trace elements that your tank needs. I don't see in your sig that you have any coral?
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    Werd!:smoking: That's exactly what I did and it worked for me.
  6. gazog

    gazog Kole Tang

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    I use a 5 gallon bucket, 5 gallons of water 1.5 cups of salt and drop a powerhead into it overnight. Check and add salt as needed the next day and if I am using right away ok if not I leave powerhead in it till I need.
  7. Bogie

    Bogie Snowflake Eel

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    Gazog, if i were you I'd be using 2.5 cups for 5 gallons or 1.5 cups salt mix for 3 gallons. I mix to 1.025 SG, but maybe your SG is lower for some reason?
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  9. gazog

    gazog Kole Tang

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    Since I am using it for my reef tanks 1.025, my adult seahorses 1.021-22 and baby seahorses 1.019 I start out on the low end and add as needed to bring it up to speed. I can always add more salt but in a 5 gallon bucket it kind of hard to add water when its already full to the top.
  10. Bogie

    Bogie Snowflake Eel

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    Ok, that makes sense. I can't mix a full 5 gallons though, because it would be too hard to pour it into the tank w/o spilling everywhere. I only mix up 4 gallons at a time and pour it in, b/c I don't have my extra little Rio powerhead setup to pump water back into the tank. When I get a bigger tank w/ a sump and bigger mixing bucket, then you can bet I'll be using a pump to get the water back into the tank/sump system. With only 1 system running, I really don't even measure exactly, but it always stays at 1.025. I guess you could say that I could mix my tank water in my sleep. ;D
  11. PharmrJohn

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    That solved the problem for me.
  12. cannedmulder

    cannedmulder Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    I mix mine in a 50 gal drum going constaintly and it has its own pump in it. That way I can get water when I need it by just pumping it out. I just hook up my line to my RO unit when I need to add some H2O.
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    I use IO salt and when I mix in a 40g container I just pour salt in and let a modified MJ1200 run to mix and have no problems. I also run a heater and air stone in there to because I use this water for an emergency if needed.

    If your not going to use a PH in the container you need to mix more often for it to dissolve.
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  15. omard

    omard Gnarly Old Codfish

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    Over time, you should learn how much salt mix to use for a given amount of water to the teaspoon to get right sg.

    Airstone, warm water, and a little time...and should be no problems...
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    I use Red Sea coral pro. 2 1/4 cups per 5 gallons equals 1.024 sg. I use a powerhead and a heater set to tank temperature and let mix for two days.
  17. adamSpline

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    Ahh... thanks everyone for the suggestions. As, the current way I am doing it has lots of undissolved salt particles floating around. Here are some new things I will try

    1) warmer water should help the salt dissolved
    2) Airstone... should keep things moving and circulating (I do not have a powerhead thing... so an airstone is the best I have)
    3) A little more patience should do the trick.

    Thanks everyone... -Adam
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    Bogie, Thank you so much!!! I couldn't find this answer even on Instant Ocean's website. I bought mine in bulk & was just shy of 10gal to start up my 90gal. K+++++++++ For you my friend!!! ;D

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    I use a 5 gallon bucket filled with RO/DI water. Add 2.5 cups of Instant Ocean. Throw in a Stealth 200w heater dialed to 79 & a maxi-jet 1200 ph. Let it mix/warm overnight & test temp/salinity the next day. If all is well, I remove the maxi-jet & stick vinyl tubing on the output and shoot it into the tank, easy as pie.