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    Cool! What salt brand did you end up with? Did you pick yourself up a hydrometer or refractometer and get your salinity dialed in?

    It is important to note that salt mixing should be done in a separate container and only added to the tank after it has mixed. Never add marine salt directly to a tank. Not sure if you were aware of that already but just wanted to mention it, just in case.

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    Thanks, Andre. I just picked up some API aquarium salt from the LFS. It says it's for "freshwater use," but it's made from evaporated sea water, so it should do. I will start adding some once all the critters and plants are in. I plant to increase the salinity to "brackish" over a period of about two weeks so the animals and plants can adjust.

    I got a hydrometer, but it's the float kind and it's fairly worthless. So I'll need to get a better one.

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    For my brackish tank I use Instant Ocean. I've found that 1.5 tablespoons per gallon mixes to 1.005 salinity pretty consistently.

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    Fiddler crab tank and American Girl dolls.....what more could a young girl want?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhistlingBadger View Post
    Thanks, Andre. I just picked up some API aquarium salt from the LFS. It says it's for "freshwater use," but it's made from evaporated sea water, so it should do. I will start adding some once all the critters and plants are in. I plant to increase the salinity to "brackish" over a period of about two weeks so the animals and plants can adjust.

    I got a hydrometer, but it's the float kind and it's fairly worthless. So I'll need to get a better one.
    Interesting. My knee-jerk reaction was "NO!" to using a freshwater tonic to create a brackish system, but I felt I should look into it more before making any kind of comment on it haha

    There seems to be a fairly divided stance on using API and other freshwater salts. A lot of the folks who are for it state what you did, that it is made from evaporated sea water and that their animals were fine with it. On the other side, the naysayers claim that salt from evaporated sea water does not reconstitute properly and has a different composition than what it did before, lacking certain minerals and pH buffers. More interesting was that there were some folks who said they started with API but their crabs would not approach the water all that often until they switched to the commercial marine mixes.

    It was definitely an interesting read and I'm curious as to how it works out for you.

    As for the hydrometer, they can be a bit finicky at times but they aren't as awful as some people make them out to be. I use a cheap Instant Ocean hydrometer to ballpark my mixes simply because it is so quick and easy to use and then bust out my refractometer to make any final small adjustments. I've found that my hydrometer almost always measures the same as the refractometer. Reading it on a leveled surface, making sure no bubbles are stuck to the float, and rinsing well before and after use so that no salt residue impedes the float's ability to swing freely will all help ensure that you are getting fairly accurate readings. As long as you take care of the hydrometer, I don't think you'll need to spend more money to get a more expensive instrument. :)

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    I think you will be fine with the hydrometer. From what I've read in my research, brackish critters are used to some swings in salinity. A small change here or there during WC is probably not going to be a big deal. If you were to do a large WC and the salinity was quite a bit higher or lower, that would probably cause some critter stress.

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    Yeah, I've read that brackish environments tend to be inherently unstable, so the critters that live there are pretty good at rolling with the punches. I'll keep it as stable as I can, but I'm not going to get too stressed about it. Thanks for the recommendations, guys.

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