salinity too low in cycling tank

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    Angelajean I know that I don't know

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    Hello,
    I followed all the directions for the Kent Marine reef salt that I am using, but my salinity is too low. It is 1.021 according to the floating hydrometer and the instant ocean one with the arrow arm thing. I also used a pump on it for a day before putting it in the tank.
    Should I try to raise it and if so how?
    I am going out of town for a few days so over 4 days I will probably have some evaporation during that time.
    Oh and BTW, I have ordered a refractometer. It'll be here next week. There is nothing living in the tank other than rock and sand.
    Thanks,
    Angie
     
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    Kelz88 Got Reef?

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    I find i always have to use more then the mix states, now i just pour and mix lol. Just top up with saltwater until you hit your desired amount.
     
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    +1 Kelz...also, the hydrometer may be off, so wait for your refractometer and test it again, and adjust accordingly.
     
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    No rush since you don't have any livestock in the tank. I agree to wait for the refractometer then adjust it at that point.
     
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    Angelajean I know that I don't know

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    Are the refractometers on eBay okay? My parameters are heading in the right direction so if I get the salinity straight I'll be good.
    Ammonia .25
    Nitrite .50
    Nitrates 0
    What should my salinity be for fish and coral? I think it is suppose to be higher for coral but why?
    Thanks,
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    The ones from Ebay are fine. Did you get the calibration fluid with it? You will need that to make sure it is calibrated. I think it costs $3 to $5 -- not expensive.

    Natural seawater is 1.025 - 1.026. That's what you should shoot for in your tank.
     
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    Angelajean I know that I don't know

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    I ordered the refractometer and calibration solution separately.
     
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    That's fine, as long as you got the calibration fluid. :)
     
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