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Saltwater mixing, what tool do you use?


Steelen

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I mix by hand then use an old pump I have left over to keep it turning over while I heat it.. no need to buy anything new IMO.. that does look like a nice pump though, and not a bad price..

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I use a Koralia nano 240. Dump 2 cups of salt into 5 gal bucket containing 4 gals of water and a heater, and voila, in 30 minutes I've got mixed, heated salt water!

 

The pump might be overkill for 4 gallons, but it's nice because I don't ever have to hand-mix.

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That's a perfect little pump for mixing saltwater and IMO, it would be well worth the $17.99 price. Sicce pumps are above and beyond the other pumps like hydor and rio that you would find at this price point.

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I used to hand mix. It worked pretty well.

 

What I do now is I measure out the salt and water in separate buckets and dump the water as quickly as I can into the salt bucket without making a mess. It's usually enough motion in itself to get the salt mixed.

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PoseidonIncarnate

Stock return pump from my BC 29, heater, dedicated Home Depot bucket, RO/DI water, salt, measuring cup, refractometer. Always have 5 gallons ready to go in case something comes up.

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I use a similar pump to this one I got at Harbor Freight:

 

http://www.harborfreight.com/92-gph-miniature-submersible-fountain-pump-68389.html

 

I mix it in this 2.5 gal container I got a Wal Mart:

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Arrow-H2O-2.5-Gal-Slimline-Beverage-Dispenser-Blue/15915151

 

I mix up and change out 2 gals/week in my 12g NC. It pours out the spigot. Makes it easy to do.

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I have a koralia 240, an extra heater lying around and a bucket, so I just let it all mix for about an hour or so and then do a water change.

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I use whatever powerhead I have around, or if I want to mix it really quickly I stick part of a plastic coathanger into an electric drill. It turns a bucket into a friggin vortex in about 5 seconds. After seeing that I really want to try and see if I can use an old drill to create turbulence in one of my tanks. :)

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Looks like everyone is doing the same. Either manual for small amounts or automated for a bit bigger changes.

 

I use a similar pump to this one I got at Harbor Freight:

 

http://www.harborfreight.com/92-gph-miniature-submersible-fountain-pump-68389.html

 

I mix it in this 2.5 gal container I got a Wal Mart:

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Arrow-H2O-2.5-Gal-Slimline-Beverage-Dispenser-Blue/15915151

 

I mix up and change out 2 gals/week in my 12g NC. It pours out the spigot. Makes it easy to do.

Thats what I wanted to do as well.

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Korallia evolution 1400 in a 5g bucket and 2 50W heaters. I will upgrade to a 12G brute can for mixing and a massive pump so I don't have to haul buckets up my stairs.

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BattleAthletics

I use a mouse on a wheel connected to a belt to a custom made generator that will drive enough electricity to power up a cordless drill with a custom adapter to put a whisk in there to create a vortech water mover.

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This is overkill for a nano, but I was watching a video a couple weks ago of a guy with a 300g tank that would mix a 55g drum at a time.

 

He put a bulkhead on the side of the drum at the very bottom and plumbed it into an extermal pump. Then he had the return dumping the water through a bulkhead at the top of the drum. Genius.

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Put the dry salt in a 5 gallon bucket. Get the water from the tap up to 79. Mix them both (as the water fills the bucket) with a wooden spoon and then finish off with a small powerhead for 10 mins while I turkey baste and remove the dirty 5 gallons from the tank. Pour new saltmix into DT.

 

Ta-da done ;)

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