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Old 05-27-2014, 11:14 AM   #11
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Here is some pointers when changing salt mix. Take note of your tank parameter specially the alk, mag and cal. Keep in mind about the "balancing act" of these 3 trace elements. Once your cal starts to go up it affects the alk by going down. While the mag is like a mediator of the other the 2. Meaning if mag is low the other 2 will go hay wire.

Now if your current cal is already high and you just did a water change which has also a very high cal, guess what will happen to your alk? I would presume your original alk is already low when you have a very high cal in your tank. It will go down some more. As mentioned low alk is a haven for brown algae.

Suggestion: Take parameter of new saltwater and if alk is low adjust by adding baking soda prior to changing water.
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I understand there is quite a bit of chemistry going on but if product A causes my tank to turn brown with algae, my corals to close and makes me starve the fish to death then I am buying product B
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:26 AM   #13
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I bought a 200g box of Kent Reef and my 240g FOWLR got crazy algae, but the 35g holding tank I had a bunch if frags and a Rabbitfish in looks okay...no real change. It does leave a residue when mixing that I have not seen with other salts. This was my first time trying Kent and I'm moving on to other brands to see if I can find something I like better. I think I will probably go back with IO for the 240g and buy smaller tubs for the 60g reef until I find something that keeps things constant.
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I just recently tried kent and it has been the worst I've used so far. A ton of residue and I too had excessive algae growth when I started to use it.

IMO- Red Sea Coral Pro is the best. I've never really had any problems with it and it works flawlessly.
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I've never had a problem with any salt but kent
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Well I guess that's it. I've been trying all kinds of solutions but never suspected the salt. Time to switch and see if the problem goes away.

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Hmmm, good to know, I was going to buy a 200 gallon box next week.
Guess I'll continue shopping.
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