how much Instant Ocean

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  1. BigHaig

    BigHaig Guest

    Hello,
    I just got my tank and am mixing my first batch of salt water. How much
    Instant Ocean do you put for 46G? I put 10 cups and the readings are ~1.024.
    I read posts of people putting 1 cup/gallon. Should I wait for the salt to
    "dissolve more"?

    Thanks
     
    BigHaig, Oct 16, 2003
    #1
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  2. It takes half a cup of salt per gallon, basically. 10 cups would equal 20
    gallons worth of water, ime.

    Marc


    BigHaig wrote:

    > Hello,
    > I just got my tank and am mixing my first batch of salt water. How much
    > Instant Ocean do you put for 46G? I put 10 cups and the readings are ~1.024.
    > I read posts of people putting 1 cup/gallon. Should I wait for the salt to
    > "dissolve more"?
    >
    > Thanks


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    Marc Levenson, Oct 16, 2003
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  3. BigHaig

    Pszemol Guest

    Same here. For 6.5 gallon buckets of water (I use old Instant Ocean buckets for that)
    I mix about 3 cups of salt or little more to get 1.025 at 80F.

    "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message news:3F8E36FE.20E587E5@swbell.net...
    > It takes half a cup of salt per gallon, basically. 10 cups would equal 20
    > gallons worth of water, ime.
    >
    > Marc
    >
    >
    > BigHaig wrote:
    >
    > > Hello,
    > > I just got my tank and am mixing my first batch of salt water. How much
    > > Instant Ocean do you put for 46G? I put 10 cups and the readings are ~1.024.
    > > I read posts of people putting 1 cup/gallon. Should I wait for the salt to
    > > "dissolve more"?
    > >
    > > Thanks

    >
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    >
    >
     
    Pszemol, Oct 16, 2003
    #3
  4. must be different from region to region. in the 6.5 gallon IO bucket (with
    just 6 gallon of RO/DI) if i add 3 cups i get about 1.021-1.023 and end up
    adding about another 1/2 cup.

    kc

    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:bmltgp.1d0.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > Same here. For 6.5 gallon buckets of water (I use old Instant Ocean

    buckets for that)
    > I mix about 3 cups of salt or little more to get 1.025 at 80F.
    >
    > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message

    news:3F8E36FE.20E587E5@swbell.net...
    > > It takes half a cup of salt per gallon, basically. 10 cups would equal

    20
    > > gallons worth of water, ime.
    > >
    > > Marc
    > >
    > >
    > > BigHaig wrote:
    > >
    > > > Hello,
    > > > I just got my tank and am mixing my first batch of salt water. How

    much
    > > > Instant Ocean do you put for 46G? I put 10 cups and the readings are

    ~1.024.
    > > > I read posts of people putting 1 cup/gallon. Should I wait for the

    salt to
    > > > "dissolve more"?
    > > >
    > > > Thanks

    > >
    > > --
    > > Personal Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > >
    > >
     
    Dragon Slayer, Oct 17, 2003
    #4
  5. BigHaig

    Rod Guest

    > in the 6.5 gallon IO bucket (with
    >just 6 gallon of RO/DI) if i add 3 cups i get about 1.021-1.023 and end up
    >adding about another 1/2 cup.
    >


    I agree. Using 1/2 cup per gallon yeilds a salinity that is too low (near
    1.021) .
    Rod Buehler
    www.asplashoflife.com
     
    Rod, Oct 17, 2003
    #5
  6. BigHaig

    rtk Guest

    Rod wrote:

    >>in the 6.5 gallon IO bucket (with
    >>just 6 gallon of RO/DI) if i add 3 cups i get about 1.021-1.023 and end up
    >>adding about another 1/2 cup.
    >>

    >
    >
    > I agree. Using 1/2 cup per gallon yeilds a salinity that is too low (near
    > 1.021) .
    > Rod Buehler
    > www.asplashoflife.com


    Not here in the middle of Pennsylvania. I get a salinity over the top
    of the measuring device if I follow directions on the bucket of Instant
    Ocean. I have to dilute it by 1/3. The water, which I buy, is treated
    (R/O and uv) by a local supermarket, using the very lime rich local
    water, I assume. I have no green or red algae. I had some around the
    inlets of the pumps that mysteriously disappeared one night without any
    interference from me.

    rtk
     
    rtk, Oct 17, 2003
    #6
  7. BigHaig

    Pszemol Guest

    It is possible that my cups are a little overmeasured...
    I do not try to make the salnity by cups but rather use hygrometer.

    "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man(nospam)@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:bmnrdh$dvia$1@news3.infoave.net...
    > must be different from region to region. in the 6.5 gallon IO bucket (with
    > just 6 gallon of RO/DI) if i add 3 cups i get about 1.021-1.023 and end up
    > adding about another 1/2 cup.
    >
    > kc
    >
    > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > news:bmltgp.1d0.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > Same here. For 6.5 gallon buckets of water (I use old Instant Ocean

    > buckets for that)
    > > I mix about 3 cups of salt or little more to get 1.025 at 80F.
    > >
    > > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message

    > news:3F8E36FE.20E587E5@swbell.net...
    > > > It takes half a cup of salt per gallon, basically. 10 cups would equal

    > 20
    > > > gallons worth of water, ime.
    > > >
    > > > Marc
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > BigHaig wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > Hello,
    > > > > I just got my tank and am mixing my first batch of salt water. How

    > much
    > > > > Instant Ocean do you put for 46G? I put 10 cups and the readings are

    > ~1.024.
    > > > > I read posts of people putting 1 cup/gallon. Should I wait for the

    > salt to
    > > > > "dissolve more"?
    > > > >
    > > > > Thanks
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > Personal Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > > >
    > > >

    >
    >
     
    Pszemol, Oct 17, 2003
    #7
  8. I would hope everyone is using a measuring device (refractometer, swing arm,
    etc..) to test salinity rather then just a measurement of how much salt. the
    1/2 cup/gallon is a great starting point IME/IMO. it gets you well in the
    ball park and for a FO might be right on target.

    kc

    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:bmobbs.4fo.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > It is possible that my cups are a little overmeasured...
    > I do not try to make the salnity by cups but rather use hygrometer.
    >
    > "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man(nospam)@hotmail.com> wrote in message

    news:bmnrdh$dvia$1@news3.infoave.net...
    > > must be different from region to region. in the 6.5 gallon IO bucket

    (with
    > > just 6 gallon of RO/DI) if i add 3 cups i get about 1.021-1.023 and end

    up
    > > adding about another 1/2 cup.
    > >
    > > kc
    > >
    > > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > > news:bmltgp.1d0.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > > Same here. For 6.5 gallon buckets of water (I use old Instant Ocean

    > > buckets for that)
    > > > I mix about 3 cups of salt or little more to get 1.025 at 80F.
    > > >
    > > > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message

    > > news:3F8E36FE.20E587E5@swbell.net...
    > > > > It takes half a cup of salt per gallon, basically. 10 cups would

    equal
    > > 20
    > > > > gallons worth of water, ime.
    > > > >
    > > > > Marc
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > BigHaig wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > > > Hello,
    > > > > > I just got my tank and am mixing my first batch of salt water. How

    > > much
    > > > > > Instant Ocean do you put for 46G? I put 10 cups and the readings

    are
    > > ~1.024.
    > > > > > I read posts of people putting 1 cup/gallon. Should I wait for the

    > > salt to
    > > > > > "dissolve more"?
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Thanks
    > > > >
    > > > > --
    > > > > Personal Page:

    http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > > > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > > > >
    > > > >

    > >
    > >
     
    Dragon Slayer, Oct 17, 2003
    #8
  9. BigHaig

    Pszemol Guest

    Exactly this was my understanding. I prefer to have it less salnity
    with the cups count than to have too much salt. It is always easier
    to add a little salt than to add some water - a bucket has a constant
    volume and with no magic you will not add water if you overdose salt :)

    "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man(nospam)@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:bmp49p$ei5p$1@news3.infoave.net...
    > I would hope everyone is using a measuring device (refractometer, swing arm,
    > etc..) to test salinity rather then just a measurement of how much salt. the
    > 1/2 cup/gallon is a great starting point IME/IMO. it gets you well in the
    > ball park and for a FO might be right on target.
    >
    > kc
    >
    > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > news:bmobbs.4fo.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > It is possible that my cups are a little overmeasured...
    > > I do not try to make the salnity by cups but rather use hygrometer.
    > >
    > > "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man(nospam)@hotmail.com> wrote in message

    > news:bmnrdh$dvia$1@news3.infoave.net...
    > > > must be different from region to region. in the 6.5 gallon IO bucket

    > (with
    > > > just 6 gallon of RO/DI) if i add 3 cups i get about 1.021-1.023 and end

    > up
    > > > adding about another 1/2 cup.
    > > >
    > > > kc
    > > >
    > > > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > > > news:bmltgp.1d0.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > > > Same here. For 6.5 gallon buckets of water (I use old Instant Ocean
    > > > buckets for that)
    > > > > I mix about 3 cups of salt or little more to get 1.025 at 80F.
    > > > >
    > > > > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > > > news:3F8E36FE.20E587E5@swbell.net...
    > > > > > It takes half a cup of salt per gallon, basically. 10 cups would

    > equal
    > > > 20
    > > > > > gallons worth of water, ime.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Marc
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > > BigHaig wrote:
    > > > > >
    > > > > > > Hello,
    > > > > > > I just got my tank and am mixing my first batch of salt water. How
    > > > much
    > > > > > > Instant Ocean do you put for 46G? I put 10 cups and the readings

    > are
    > > > ~1.024.
    > > > > > > I read posts of people putting 1 cup/gallon. Should I wait for the
    > > > salt to
    > > > > > > "dissolve more"?
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > Thanks
    > > > > >
    > > > > > --
    > > > > > Personal Page:

    > http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > > > > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > > > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    >
    >
     
    Pszemol, Oct 17, 2003
    #9
  10. thats another reason i only put 6 gallon in the IO
    bucket................gives a little margin of error for to much salt.

    kc

    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:bmojto.1jo.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > Exactly this was my understanding. I prefer to have it less salnity
    > with the cups count than to have too much salt. It is always easier
    > to add a little salt than to add some water - a bucket has a constant
    > volume and with no magic you will not add water if you overdose salt :)
    >
    > "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man(nospam)@hotmail.com> wrote in message

    news:bmp49p$ei5p$1@news3.infoave.net...
    > > I would hope everyone is using a measuring device (refractometer, swing

    arm,
    > > etc..) to test salinity rather then just a measurement of how much salt.

    the
    > > 1/2 cup/gallon is a great starting point IME/IMO. it gets you well in

    the
    > > ball park and for a FO might be right on target.
    > >
    > > kc
    > >
    > > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > > news:bmobbs.4fo.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > > It is possible that my cups are a little overmeasured...
    > > > I do not try to make the salnity by cups but rather use hygrometer.
    > > >
    > > > "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man(nospam)@hotmail.com> wrote in message

    > > news:bmnrdh$dvia$1@news3.infoave.net...
    > > > > must be different from region to region. in the 6.5 gallon IO

    bucket
    > > (with
    > > > > just 6 gallon of RO/DI) if i add 3 cups i get about 1.021-1.023 and

    end
    > > up
    > > > > adding about another 1/2 cup.
    > > > >
    > > > > kc
    > > > >
    > > > > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > > > > news:bmltgp.1d0.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > > > > Same here. For 6.5 gallon buckets of water (I use old Instant

    Ocean
    > > > > buckets for that)
    > > > > > I mix about 3 cups of salt or little more to get 1.025 at 80F.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > > > > news:3F8E36FE.20E587E5@swbell.net...
    > > > > > > It takes half a cup of salt per gallon, basically. 10 cups

    would
    > > equal
    > > > > 20
    > > > > > > gallons worth of water, ime.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > Marc
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > BigHaig wrote:
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > Hello,
    > > > > > > > I just got my tank and am mixing my first batch of salt water.

    How
    > > > > much
    > > > > > > > Instant Ocean do you put for 46G? I put 10 cups and the

    readings
    > > are
    > > > > ~1.024.
    > > > > > > > I read posts of people putting 1 cup/gallon. Should I wait for

    the
    > > > > salt to
    > > > > > > > "dissolve more"?
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > Thanks
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > --
    > > > > > > Personal Page:

    > > http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > > > > > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > > > > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >

    > >
    > >
     
    Dragon Slayer, Oct 18, 2003
    #10
  11. BigHaig

    Adam Guest

    Here in central Illinois I add 1/2 cup (cooking type measuring cup). I get
    a perfect 1.026. I do however test it before adding it to the tank. From
    my limited knowledge I understand that saltwater critters won't stand for to
    many oooopppppssss. To clarify I add 1 1/2 cups to a 3 gallon bucket plus
    calcium (when needed) and water treatment.

    HTH

    Ed

    "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man(nospam)@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:bmqc44$f3q0$1@news3.infoave.net...
    > thats another reason i only put 6 gallon in the IO
    > bucket................gives a little margin of error for to much salt.
    >
    > kc
    >
    > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > news:bmojto.1jo.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > Exactly this was my understanding. I prefer to have it less salnity
    > > with the cups count than to have too much salt. It is always easier
    > > to add a little salt than to add some water - a bucket has a constant
    > > volume and with no magic you will not add water if you overdose salt :)
    > >
    > > "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man(nospam)@hotmail.com> wrote in message

    > news:bmp49p$ei5p$1@news3.infoave.net...
    > > > I would hope everyone is using a measuring device (refractometer,

    swing
    > arm,
    > > > etc..) to test salinity rather then just a measurement of how much

    salt.
    > the
    > > > 1/2 cup/gallon is a great starting point IME/IMO. it gets you well in

    > the
    > > > ball park and for a FO might be right on target.
    > > >
    > > > kc
    > > >
    > > > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > > > news:bmobbs.4fo.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > > > It is possible that my cups are a little overmeasured...
    > > > > I do not try to make the salnity by cups but rather use hygrometer.
    > > > >
    > > > > "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man(nospam)@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > > > news:bmnrdh$dvia$1@news3.infoave.net...
    > > > > > must be different from region to region. in the 6.5 gallon IO

    > bucket
    > > > (with
    > > > > > just 6 gallon of RO/DI) if i add 3 cups i get about 1.021-1.023

    and
    > end
    > > > up
    > > > > > adding about another 1/2 cup.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > kc
    > > > > >
    > > > > > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > > > > > news:bmltgp.1d0.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > > > > > Same here. For 6.5 gallon buckets of water (I use old Instant

    > Ocean
    > > > > > buckets for that)
    > > > > > > I mix about 3 cups of salt or little more to get 1.025 at 80F.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > > > > > news:3F8E36FE.20E587E5@swbell.net...
    > > > > > > > It takes half a cup of salt per gallon, basically. 10 cups

    > would
    > > > equal
    > > > > > 20
    > > > > > > > gallons worth of water, ime.
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > Marc
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > BigHaig wrote:
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > > Hello,
    > > > > > > > > I just got my tank and am mixing my first batch of salt

    water.
    > How
    > > > > > much
    > > > > > > > > Instant Ocean do you put for 46G? I put 10 cups and the

    > readings
    > > > are
    > > > > > ~1.024.
    > > > > > > > > I read posts of people putting 1 cup/gallon. Should I wait

    for
    > the
    > > > > > salt to
    > > > > > > > > "dissolve more"?
    > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > > Thanks
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > --
    > > > > > > > Personal Page:
    > > > http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > > > > > > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > > > > > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    >
    >
     
    Adam, Oct 20, 2003
    #11
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