Your pH was probably too low? If so, it was from CO2 dissolving in the water from the air and turning into carbonic acid. Keeping it covered airtight can fix that.I've never thought this to be much of a worry.
When I need to clean my tank and do a water change I only get 5gal at a time since my tank is 16gal.
I have a bad habit of leaving my 5gal bucket of new SW in my car for about a week before I take it inside to finally find the energy to clean the tank and actually do the water change. But every time, I make sure to test the water first. I'll check parameters and it is usually always fine. I did have to adjust the pH once but that was it.
I have left a bucket of new SW sitting in my hallway for about 5-6 weeks before using it and still had no issues.
If anyone thinks I am risking the health to my tank and the creatures within, please say so, and explain why, so that I may be better educated!!
Yes, it was too low. My buckets don't have seals so that's probably why. They are just plain-jane 5gal buckets from home depot.Your pH was probably too low? If so, it was from CO2 dissolving in the water from the air and turning into carbonic acid. Keeping it covered airtight can fix that.
I was thinking of the same BRS series and was thinking that some of the salts actually showed pretty dramatic changes, especially ones starting with higher alk/CA (red sea coral pro stands out in my memory)There are a bunch of different chemicals all dissolved together and some may react with each other or with the oxygen and carbon dioxide that will dissolve in the water from the air. The manufacturers work pretty hard to create a stable mixture, before and after mixing, but like everything, there are compromises and tradeoffs to be made. Check out the BRSTV series on saltwater stability. They looked at a few basic parameters. Most, but not all, were stable/unchanged for weeks. The biggest problem is high alk and Ca may precipitate. I don't recall if they looked at the stability of trace elements.