Best way to Increasing salinity

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    I added some fresh water, and did a couple change outs and suddenly my salinity is down from 1.022 to the lower acceptable range --under 1.021. I mixed some very salty water, shook it hard and poured in a little at a time in the pump chamber but the overall salinity has risen only a little. Also, when a particle of salt shoots out of the pump, the fish will eat it and not spit it out. That's gotta be bad.
     
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    RyanG ^*Eternal Dumbass*^

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    Ive heard that salt need to set for 24 hours before being added to a system I think it can be caustic or something.
     
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    Just raise it slowly. Instead of topping off evaporated water with fresh water, use salt water. When you do your water changes, use new water with a higher salinity.
     
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    When I need to raise mine all I do is make a jug a little stronger then my tank water and use that as my top off water until I get it where I want it. Also make salt water 24 hours in advance.
     
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    cant this cause ozmosis shock to fish and inverts i thouht the way to raise salt levels is do frequint waterchangs of a few weeks
     
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    Easiest and safest way,is to just top off with salt water.
    Your better off raising it over a 2 week period than to raise it all in one or 2 days.
     
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    hmm good to know. I usually make my water 2 hrs in advance because the salt seems to dissolve very fast. I guess I will try to make it day earlier next time.
     
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