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55 Gal Brute Can

Postby SdFuzzy » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:51 pm

Getting ready around end of this month to finally start making RO/DI water and mixing some salt to start filling my 220 i have working on for a few months now and ready to finally get it filled and start the cycling process. My question is has anyone figured out on a 55 Brute can where 55 gallons ends up on the inside? Would like to have a easy reference point to keep SG consistent.
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Re: 55 Gal Brute Can

Postby Dakota Reef » Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:54 pm

I've used a 55 gallon brute can to mix up my saltwater for years.

Not sure what level will give you 55 gallons of water but......I fill mine to within 1-2" of the top and mix in one bag of Reef Crystals (I buy the 200 gallon boxes). That usually gets me very close to 1.026 although it varies from bag to bag just a bit. I just let it circulate overnight and my Mag 7 warms the water into the low 70s without a heater. The next day I tweak the SG if needed and do my water change.
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Re: 55 Gal Brute Can

Postby SdFuzzy » Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:51 pm

I appreciate the reply, i will give this a try when filling up my tank. I have a 100px for a circulation pump, i dont know how much it will help heat the water but i also have a heater. This will make the first few batches easier having somewhat of a reference point to start at. Thanks
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Re: 55 Gal Brute Can

Postby Korrine » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:37 am

I just measured by the cup for the first fill and put that many in when ever you refill it. But mine is a 32g. I usually do about 14/15 cups.

Or have you worked out a system yet?

It might sound weird, but sometimes I let my water mix for months a time (with intentions of using it but kids, college, life taking precedence) and there has been once where the water smelled a little funny. I tasted it and it tasted bad so I threw it and made some new. I always taste my mixed salt water before I use it now. Just a finger dip. And I check the salinity with my refractometer.
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Re: 55 Gal Brute Can

Postby wichers » Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:58 pm

Yepp you are definitely an odd ball Korrine! LOL
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Re: 55 Gal Brute Can

Postby acexotix » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:11 pm

Is there a down side to keeping water for a while? I'd like to keep a drum full of mixed water but at 55 gallons that would last my little tank almost 3 months before i emptied it. Sure wood be nice to only have to mix water 4 times a year though if it stays good.
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Re: 55 Gal Brute Can

Postby Korrine » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:41 pm

No, not a down side that I've encountered. In fact, I've only ran into an issue once. I always make water after I empty my brute. You never know when you'll need it in an emergency. Just keep it lidded and it should be fine for months (I do leave my pump and heater running).
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Re: 55 Gal Brute Can

Postby Railcar79 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:39 pm

I mix mine 55 gal at a time, and use 30 gal a month
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