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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Brackish Water Changes - What's the Best Way

I've finally got the tank cycled and added in my young figure eight puffers. They seem to be doing well, they're active and take a great interest in things going on outside the tank. I've been slowly (about a table spoon a day) been raising the salinity of the tank to about 0.005, which is what I've read is pretty ideal for them. My question is, however, how do I handle water changes? Do I change the water normally, and then add the salt to the tank, or should I add the salt to the water before it's even in the tank? Note that I understand salt should be dissolved in water before being added to the tank, my normal method is using a small cup.

At my disposal I have a python hose (which is what I normally use to siphon and add water to the tank), a 5 gallon bucket, and a hydrometer. I'm just curious what the best way to handle the weekly water changes is using the above tools, thanks.
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I got 3 figure eights. I keep an s.g. Of 1.010 in there tank. Now then. Never add salt to the tank itself. Take a bucket of water(for me its a 25 gallon tub) add your conditioner then add your salt matching tank and new waters s.g. If you can airate the water after you add the salt. Adding salt lowers the oxygen in water.
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some add salt to the bucket with a powerhead and a heater and let it sit overnight. It is a little extreme but setting it up the night before makes things easier the day of.

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