I mix up salt water by the gallon using Instant Ocean. I read a post that said that it could go bad right away if not kept in the refrigerator. I never use a whole gallon very fast so should I keep it cool in the refrigerator or is it not necessary?
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Feb 5, 2013 11:05:15 GMT -5
Yeah, I've never refrigerated mine either & I honestly have no idea how salt water could go bad to begin with. Stagnant maybe but not spoiled. Plus, then their water would be cold & I don't know about your crabs, but mine go straight to the SW when I change it out. If you're worried about not using it fast enough, just make smaller amounts; I used to use a big Gatorade bottle when I had fewer crabs & no exotics.
I never refrigerate for my crabs or salt water tank. I mix water up ahead of time and leave it moving and with a heater in it until I'm ready to use it.
For just crabs, keeping it in an air tight container and giving it a good shake before using it should be fine. You can refrigerate it, but you would want to warm it up to at least room temperature before putting it in the tank.
Post by Ookami-Meggle on Feb 13, 2013 10:08:42 GMT -5
Not really. I usually heat up about half of the water, add the right amount of salt to gallon jug, and then shake that up. Then I add the water I heated up to it, and then shake that. The majority of the salt crystals dissolve but there usually is still a few left at the bottom. It isn't that much though.
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The salt dissolves better in hot water. If you have an extra air pump & hose, you can also put it in a container and stick the hose in it and just let it mix on it's own for a while.
When I mix salt water, I do it in a big bucket that I can put a heater in (so the water will match my reef) and have an air stone going in it and just let it mix over night. I know that's probably not a realistic option for just crabs since that's not using as much water as I do, but maybe it'll give somebody an idea of how to do it better/easier.
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Feb 15, 2013 12:27:40 GMT -5
Yeah, I'd thought about doing that since it says that on one of the salt mix packages but I thought that had to do with aerating it for fish. I do have some pumps & air stones since I do bubblers & humidifiers so I think I'll try that. I wonder if it would work with room temp water.
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