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Old 01-10-2014, 10:08 AM   #1
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Anyone had a bad batch of salt?

After explaining what was going on with my tank to Mr. X, he thought I may need to change my salt. Has anyone had a bad batch, and what kind of effects did it have on your tank?
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:58 PM   #2
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I would like to hear some answers on this topic too.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:23 PM   #3
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My fluval salt is definitely out of wack. I used to only need about 2 1/2 cups of salt per 5 gallons to reach my desired 1.025, but all of a sudden it's taking 4, even 5!
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:33 PM   #4
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I did more googling on this....it looks like pretty much every brand gets bad batches, almost all of which result in algae spikes.

Out of curiousity, what's the batch number on your bucket?
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Batch number blank. Musta been an overseas subcontract lol...
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Yes, I've had a bad batch of Fluval as well. I like their container though, and at least i was able to use that as a dog food container

As far as what happened- sps retracted polyps, lps closed up, some corals lost color.
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I killed the lights on my tank tonight, and will keep them off till Monday. Hopefully that takes care of the problem along w/ the Phosguard.

I had a lot of changes in my tank within a short period of time: new salt, new lights, new coral, so it's tough to pin it on any one, but my guess is the lights, and not the salt...not yet at least. If I have to, I will buy a bag of IO Reef Crystals (what I used before) and do a series of changes to pull 100% out.
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Yes, I've had a bad batch of Fluval as well. I like their container though, and at least i was able to use that as a dog food container

As far as what happened- sps retracted polyps, lps closed up, some corals lost color.

So basically everything I'm dealing with.... Did you have an anenome that did the same as well? If you didn't, do you think it would have done something similar?
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My anemones did not show any signs of discomfort. I had 4 bubble tips at the time and they didn't skip a beat. That doesn't mean we have different issues. Always remember that just because things are expensive, doesn't mean they are precise. This is not studying medicine. These test kits and solutions are not pharmaceutical grade...this is a hobby. There will be margins of error that are more than we expect. If two salt mixes are off, who knows what element is lacking? I didn't test my water, I just changed salts, and my problem disappeared.
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