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  • Seachem Cichlid lake salt

    So I've been using Seachem product for a while and they make great products. I've used Prime, Matrix, Cichlid Trace, Garlic Guard, Paraguad, Kana, MetroPlex, Focus and Buffer. I've recently switch to using Cichlid lake salt instead of API salt and I'm having a problem. The stuff will not dissolve in my bucket of water. I first tried mixing in a bucket of hot water. I mixed then let it soak and mixed again for about a half hour. I still see tiny flakes of white in the water. I put it in the tank and it looked like it was snowing. This time I read that buffer would help, so I added Neutral buffer. I mixed it all in a bucket of hot water and got the same results. I still dumped it in the tank and notice that it was stressing my fish out for a bit. Nobody died and all is well but I'm wondering is anybody else having these problems? Am I doing something wrong? I didn't even use the full dosage for my sized tank. I half'd it as this is a brand new 120 gallon tank and wanted the Cichlids to get used to the salt slowly.

  • #2
    Thanks for the post!

    We are sorry that you are having trouble dissolving the Cichlid Lake Salt. This salt typically dissolves pretty readily in water, so I'm unsure as to why it is not working for you. The undissolved pieces that went into the tank will slowly dissolve with time and should not cause any harm to the fish. Just out of curiosity, what type of cichlids are you keeping? Have you checked the GH of your tank to see if you have reached your desired levels? Also, what is the pH?

    We look forward to your reply!

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    • #3
      I have mostly Mbuna Cichlids, about 17, 6 Haps, 4 Clown Loaches and 2 Eclipse Catfish. The water GH out of the tap is about 8, so it's hard which the Mbuna love. The PH runs in the 7.7 range and is pretty constant as I have fine crushed coral that maintains the PH. I have never had to adjust either one as those values and have never really varied much. When I add the Seachem Cichlid lake salt I also add just a little of your neutral regulator so PH doesn't go to high. Test the water today for you, water is hard at 8 and the PH is exactly 7.8. No Ammonia, no nitrites and the nitrates are at 20ppm's. So over all the tests put my tank water in almost optimum range for Cichlids. In fact the tank is so mellow that I don't even know who the tank boss is anymore.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the picture! You have a very nice tank! :)

        I believe we are also assisting you via our Support Email system, so if you have any further questions, please let us know!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tech Support AN View Post
          Thanks for the post!

          This salt typically dissolves pretty readily in water, so I'm unsure as to why it is not working for you.

          We look forward to your reply!
          It does not "readily" dissolve for me either. I dissolve in a 4 cup container and there is a significant amount of left over product that does not dissolve, even left over night. The longer its in the container a murky film is on the top.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the post, AV8TOR!

            How much of the Cichlid Lake Salt are you adding to the 4 cups? If it's not dissolving in the cup, it's likely that it has reached a saturation point for the amount of salt you are adding to the smaller volume of water. Once you add it to the tank, it should eventually go into solution, even if it is a bit slower.

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            • #7
              Tonight I tried 1/2 tsp in tank water and still left with many flakes. Should I try in distilled water? I do not have RO. Maybe I need a Motar and Pestle
              Last edited by AV8TOR; 01-04-2020, 19:28.

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              • #8
                Would you possibly be able to send us a picture of the flakes you are seeing when you add the Cichlid Lake Salt to the water? You could try to dissolve it in distilled water to see if there is a difference. If it goes into solution in the distilled water, than we know there is something in your tap water that is causing it not be 100% soluble.

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                • #9
                  This is 4-cups of distilled water warmed in the microwave and 1/2 teaspoon of Cichlid Salt stirred for 2-minutes and rested for 5-minutes. This needs to go in a Mbuna tank which eats like piranha. I don’t want them thinking this is food and eating it.

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                  • #10
                    Bump here is the picture you requested

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the picture! I'm assuming you referring to the 3 white pieces in the bottom of the container? Did you try using a spoon to break it up so it could dissolve better? Lastly, even with the residual left in the container, are you able to get the desired GH when dosing the salt?

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                      • #12
                        You can break it up with a spoon but it doesn’t dissolve. That’s what myself and others mention it is hard to dissolve. If I didn’t heat the water it would have been worse. It does improve my numbers yes but I’m not keen adding something I am unsure about and that fish will try to eat.

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