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smoothlarryhughes

What does oceanic salt come to when you mix it with the directions they have on the container? For those of you who use oceanic and have a refractometer...I am just curious so I can mix some and test my hydrometer against a refractometer. When i mix it with my deep six it comes to 1.021. Also this is what my deep six reads when i tested the water from the pet store. I think my deep six is reading low. Anyone have any help on this?

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Originally posted by willgr1

if you want to test your hydrometer try putting freshwater in it and see if it reads 1.0

 

That would mean its not right?

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I mix 1/2 cup salt with one gallon r/o and get about 1.021-1.022 or so... i use a hydrometer, but i have checked it with the refractormeter at my lfs so i know how to adjust my readings.

 

since the salt mixture has a lower SG then i'd like.... i just add less water... or let it mix and sit for a while, and eventually, with evaporation, it will be where i want it.

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smoothlarryhughes
Originally posted by Chyendra

I mix 1/2 cup salt with one gallon r/o and get about 1.021-1.022 or so... i use a hydrometer, but i have checked it with the refractormeter at my lfs so i know how to adjust my readings.

 

What does the refractometer read for the 1/2 cup and one gallon r/o?

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I don't have a refractometer... but when i adjust my readings on my hydrometer.... so that it would match the reading of a refractometer... it's 1.021 -1.022

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smoothlarryhughes
Originally posted by Chyendra

I don't have a refractometer... but when i adjust my readings on my hydrometer.... so that it would match the reading of a refractometer... it's 1.021 -1.022

 

So your saying if I mix the salt with the water I should get a reading of 1.021 with a refractometer? I wanna know what the actual reading on a refractometer would read. When I test with my hydrometer I get 1.021, which is kinda low. I wanna know if my deep six reads low or not.

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If I recall correctly, when I mixed my Oceanic salt as per the instructions it came out kind of low on my refractometer. Something like 1.020. But I don't really follow the destructions anyhow. I just dump a couple of cups in the water as it's agitating, then after a few hours go measure the SG and adjust accordingly.

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In order to see how accurate your hydrometer is you cannot use volumemetic measures for solids, ie- a cup of salt to 1 gallon of water is like mixing apples and oranges. Take 35 grams of salt, Put it in a 1000ml (1 liter) container. ADD ro/di water to the one liter/1000ml mark. Then take your readings you shoud get a reading of 1.026. Granted that is only if your water temp is 4 degrees C, but for our purposes 25 degrees C/room temp is well within the accpeted margin of error. But it is best to junk the plastic swing arm unit and get a refractometer. if accuracy and realiablity are your main concerns.

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smoothlarryhughes

Mine deep six is consistent in the readings...I just wanna match it to a refractometer reading so I can see if the reading is accurate...if it is not then i'll be able to see by how far it is off and then get accurate results. Also whenever I mix the 1/2 cup salt with the 1 gallon water I always get a reading on my deep six of 1.021...so I don't see how that is not a good way of doing it. I just wanna know what the company says it should read when mixing 1/2 cup with 1 gallon water.

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the reading may be consitant but accuarcy and consistancy are not the same animal. when you break it down there is No match between the performance of a refractometer compared to a plastic swing arm hydrometer. Yes one cost more but the recfractometer will last longer and Hell if you put 100's of dollars and hours of time into your reef , why would you leave something as criticla as salinalty to a 12$ piece of plastic. Like they say you can pay them now or pay them later. You need to ask yourself,,, Why am i needing to compare my hydrometer readings against a refractometer??? hmmm maybe i should just buy the refactometer and be done with it.

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smoothlarryhughes

Or maybe i'm kinda short on cash being in college and all and someone could just help me out by telling me what 1/2 cup of oceanic salt and 1 gallon of water reads on a refractometer.

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well you see the problem is 1/2 a cup is relative, ten people put 1/2 a cup of oceanic salt in a measure cup and you can be sure when you weigh it on a scale (the true way to know how much of a solid you have) You will get ten different weights. A refractometer cost 30 to 50$. College kids always crying broke, "well i am in college etc etc, When iw as in school if i wanted 40 to 50$ i had no prbolem raising it if i needed it that badly. If you cannot aford the proper equipment for a hobby you should not be in the hobby. Anything less and you are doing yourself and the animals in your charge a disservice.

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smoothlarryhughes

well i keep my salinity at a constant, and my tank is doing just fine. I was just curious as to what the salinity is supposed to be when mixing 1/2 to 1 gallon of water. Many people on this site have fine looking tanks without a refractometer.

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Did you guys ever get this one figured out? :)

 

1/2 cup in one gallon is usually = 1.021 +/- .001 IME

 

Oceanic is known to short batched. I think 50g mix = 45gal (at 1.025). I start w/ 3 cups per 5 gallons and fine tune from there to get to 1.025. Another issue w/ Oceanic is the alkalinity; it's fairly low. I'm buffering w/ a little baking soda to correct that. Otherwise I like the salt, good CA levels for sure.

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, why would you leave something as criticla as salinalty to a 12$ piece of plastic. Like they say you can pay them now or pay them later. You need to ask yourself,,, Why am i needing to compare my hydrometer readings against a refractometer??? hmmm maybe i should just buy the refactometer and be done with it.

 

Just got a refractometer at foster and smith that has ATC for 35.00:P

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