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Old 01-11-2014, 04:39 PM   #51
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Or the BTA just died due to something and took the rest of the tank with it...
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:44 PM   #52
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I doubt that one death would have that rapid an effect on the rest of the tank. Might be that filter sponge.
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I used IO for the first 15 years, then RC for the last 10 (when my coral loading got extreme) without issues. Maybe I was just lucky, or too stupid to know I had a salt related problem.

As to test kits, I agree with X that the usual kits we buy are pretty low accuracy. Not that you need a gas chromatograph, but there is some significant variability.
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Agreed on the test kits.

What I find odd about RedSea is that they market a product specifically to lower PO4 concentrations. I don't know of anyone else who markets an additive specifically for this purpose (GFO and Phosguard aren't additives, and aren't made by a major manufacturer of salt)...I gotta wonder. Time to put on my tin foil hat?
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The Red Sea product precipitates phosphates out so mechanical filtration can grab it. The other products mentioned bind chemically with phosphates for later removal when you change the media. If you had an emergency situation that caused a big spike in phosphate, the Red Sea product acts faster.
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I had a problem 2 years back with instant ocean reef salt
couldn't hold a good ph level
Reef crystals recall warning
ever since I use kent reef salt couldn't be happier
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:24 PM   #57
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I doubt that one death would have that rapid an effect on the rest of the tank. Might be that filter sponge.

What could it possibly be though?
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Who knows. I'm sorry to hear it though. Chin up and do your water changes.
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red sea coral pro

I switched over to red sea a couple weeks ago. and the stuff keeps my params balanced, and first time ever having a ph of 8.2 to 8.4 and lower phosphate level. i also started doing rodi water finally after a year of using tap water and prime. My bucket of red sea coral pro doesnt have a batch number either. I could never get my ph above 7 either with io reef crystals.
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I think using RODI had more of an impact than the salt mix... tap is loaded with nitrates and phosphates.

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