Coral help!

Discussion in 'Corals' started by dragonet123, Apr 3, 2014.

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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    Who dumps salt into their filter socks on this site? That is insane statement to make a disagreement. By all means it's your tank and by doing this doesn't affect my tank. I do like hearing that folks do use filter socks, not even a year ago on this site they were considered "nitrate producers."
     
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    Wow, so I am insane for stating something that people actually do? A little brash don't you think? I also wasn't disagreeing anyone.
     
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    Actually, I did this last night with some zoas and they were all open within an hour.
     
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    With new corals, I have always temp acclimated, dipped, and than right in the DT as well. So far they are always open within 30-60 minutes, sometimes less.

    I always mix my salt the night before a water change as well. I like to make sure it is mixed 100% and it is just less I have to do the day of the water change.
     
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    I have always mixed and added my new water the same day with no real issues. Of course there is usually a 1 to 4 hr period in between from the time I mix it to the time I put it into my tank. Tomorrow is my water change day I'm going to monitor my pH this time just to be safe. With a powerhead and an hr to more of straight stirring up any salt should be fully mixed. As for the pH though that's what I'm unsure of. Always open to trying new things to make my tank better. Thanks marinne :thumbsup:
     
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    2XAl Salt Addict VIP Member

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    I usually try to wait at least 6 hours between mixing and water changes. As far as corals go the ride in a small plastic bag is usually sressful enough, i float the bags to temp match, then dip and right into the tank. Never had an issue with sps or lps. Im curious too who dumps salt right into the filter sock, id like to see pics of their setup.

    Lastly im the one who has an asterina zoa eating problem
     
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    I wonder if they are some form of rogue asterinas? I have lots of asterinas and they are all over my zoas all the time without an issue.
     
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    If anyone is interested. I used reef crystals and mixed to a salinity of 1.026 last night around 9pm. Then put a powerhead in agitation the water surface and swirling the water to mix it up. After 15 mins I got a pH reading of 8.2. I then left it over night and around 11 today, 14 hrs later I checked my salinity and pH again. Both remained exactly the same.
     
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    I think salt has come a long way since the early days of the hobby. Back then, one would've wanted to wait, but I think most mixes are pretty good now to mix and go.
     
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    I agree Kyle. Can't speak for all salt mixes. Also I've only got a 20 gallon tank. So maybe larger tanks that require more salt to be added to their water changes also may be different.
     
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    Yes, I didn't think of that, but if you're mixing in 30 or 50 gallon drums, mixing overnight with a couple powerheads would be a GOOD idea.
     
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    Found ya knew i had read someone had:)
     
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    same here.
     
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    I had this happen. I pulled off about 30 stars from one colony. lost many many zoas. fixed the problem with a harlequin star fish assassin shrimp.
     
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    anyone using red sea coral pro for their salt? I used to use reef crystal switching was the best thing I ever did. water parameters are soo much more stable.
     
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    The way I help my salt to dissolve is; I put my salt and water in a Home Depot 5 gallon bucket. I then
    use a paint mixer that has 6 paddles on it, (in paint dept. at HD). They are about $6.00 & $8.00, I don't remember how much I paid for each one. There is a 1 gallon and a 5 gallon mixer and a 10 gal mixer. I use my cordless drill and mix it for about 2 min., let it sit with a 4" air stone (from Walley*World) for about 20-30 min. Then mix again for as long as my hand holds out and leave it with the air stone, heater, thermometer, and let it cook for about 6 hours after you get the salinity and temp. you want.

    And that's how I do it.
     
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