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Aquariums

Safety Procedures for Sea Salt, Vinegar and Baking Soda
1. The use of sea salt will used in accordance with the MSDS for Instant Ocean Sea Salt
2. Using sea salt will be done while wearing gloves, aprons, and goggles.
3. A fire blanket, fume hood fire extinguisher, shower and eyewash station are available for use.
4. After using sea salt, hands will be washed with soap and water.

Safety Protocol for pH Buffer Calcium Carbonate
1. The use of Calcium carbonate will used in accordance with the MSDS with gloves, goggles and aprons
2. A fire blanket, fume hood fire extinguisher, shower and eyewash station are available for use.
3. After using calcium carbonate, hands will be washed with soap and water.

Tank Set Up
1. Obtain 4 ten-gallon tanks.
2. Fill each tank with tap water and let stand for one week to allow the chlorine to evaporate.
3. Add 1 inch of gravel to the bottom of each tank.
4. Place a water filter on each tank and check that the spinner does not clog or stop on a daily basis.
5. Add two shrimp to the tank to help the nitrogen cycle.
6. Check the pre-filter and clean it once a week.
7. Change and remove the carbon filter every month.
8. Every month change 10% of the water with clean fresh DO water.
9. Check the pH, salt level, water level, and temperature every week .

Adjusting the Tanks
1. Identify the water level to be about 2-3 cm below the black plastic lip of the tank.
2. Add reversed Osmosis water to replace evaporated water.
3. To adjust the pH small amounts of vinegar will be used to adjust for acidic environment and small amounts of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) will be used to create a basic environment.
4. In the event that salinity levels change, more water will be used to decrease salinity and more marine salt will be added to increase salinity.

Inserting Living Organisms
1. Place the container or bag in which organisms came in into the tank for 15 to 30 minutes. During this time they can be acclimated to the water temperature.
2. Add half of the tank water to the bag and reinsert the bag into the tank for another 15 to 30 minutes.
3. Release the organism and water into the tank.
4. Do not feed the organism for a day allowing it to get used to the environment.

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