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Water Loss, Wait Time For Salt Mix

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I had a hose come off and I lost about 10+ Gallons of water. I am mixing water with salt mix right now. How long do I need to wait, when temp is ideal to add to skimmer? (scratch)

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I would try and get it as close to tank params as possible, (temp, salinity, etc.)

 

But if you need to add the water ASAP because of pumps sucking air or something like that I would get the salinity to match the tanks as close as you can and then add it in slowly. Thus giving it a chance to not shock the system due to the temp.

 

Ideally I let my water mix up overnight. But I know you can't wait this long with an emergency.

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Mixing bucket, tank is fine, just low. I have not added from the bucket yet, just waiting for the okay.

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Well if the tanks needs water to keep the pumps from sucking air then add enough to stop that. But do it slowly and add only enough to stop it.

 

Then let the rest mix 'til clear.

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I have just lost enough for the skimmer box and refugium' date=' I think?[/quote']

 

What? I'm not following ya here. Sorry.

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I thing that I have lost about 10-15 gallons. I have used a small pump to full the tank back up and I am now low in my sump/refugium. I'm sorry, I'm new

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I was going to add the water when it is okay, but add it to the skimmer box to mix it better and cycle with the other water.

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Well if the tank is running and not drawing in any air thru the pumps wait until you are comfortable to addit. If it needs some just add enough to get by until then.

 

I would say the water would be OK to add after 3-4 hours of mixing/heating. Just check the params. before you add any.

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water was between 125 and 130 when mixed with salt mix, then I used a power head to mix water and salt mix together

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Thank Michael,

 

One more question if you have time. I lost my suction at my overflow bock, what is the best way to get it started again? I am new to this.

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Can you take the U tube out and place it under water to fill it and use your thumbs to hold the water in and try to restart it that way?

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I tried that, I have a section of water line in the U tube and it won't take, also sucked on water line, it will go that way, but then stop

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It may sound corny, but I used saran wrap to seal the ends of the u-tube, then when it was in place, I would pull the saran wrap off. Worked every time.

 

Jay

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Buying Saltwater

 

I have no one in my area that sell Saltwater, I guess I will drive to Salem. I have been mixing saltwater sense midnight, and not I have been taught a very valuable lesson. I will keep 30 gallons on hand from now on.

 

Kevin (scratch)

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