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Old 10-24-2005, 11:10 AM   #11
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I used to use IO... I kept having low alk and calcium. So after doing some reading on here, I switched to Kent. I've never had to add anything since I switched. For me, Kent is awesome.
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I switched from oceanic to IO due to low ph problems. The verdict is still out on if it was a improvement.
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Old 10-24-2005, 12:01 PM   #13
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I switched from IO to oceanic about 7 months ago. My Calcium is alot better.

I tested a gallon of IO and a gallon of Oceanic for Calcium. The IO was 360 and the Oceanic was higher than my test kit reading. I wonder if they vary from batch to batch?
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Old 10-24-2005, 12:09 PM   #14
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I can confirm the oceanic has more calcium than the IO. I got a good price on 10,000 gallons of IO so I do not mind adding calcium to my new water. It still comes out much cheaper for me.
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This link has some good articles on the different types of salt and how they compare to NSW. http://www.aquacraft.net/index.html

I’ve been using Oceanic and have not had any problems.
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Old 10-24-2005, 04:02 PM   #16
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I'm very interested in this thread but I've only heard comments on Oceanic and IO (and a quick vote for Kent).

My lfs said a few new ones have come out lately that are very good quality. Reefpure and Oceanpure. Anybody use these? Or others besides what's mentioned?
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Old 10-24-2005, 04:34 PM   #17
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I use Oceanic and previously used IO. I switched to Oceanic since IO had a low Ca reading - 360 range. My corals grew awesome with it though.

Oceanic gives me a Ca reading of 450-460 I believe. Been awhile since i tested. My tank water always test at 420 Ca ans Alk of 2.5-3.0 megs/L. I am seeing more Ca usage now though so I need to either do more water changes or start dosing. With a low to moderate amount of Ca using corals, I think Oceanic has worked great fo me. I have not had to dose anything for about a year.

That is changing now since I have more stonies and a clam. Plus my water changes are not as frequent. I am still on my same bucket of Oceanic though. I have heard mixed results from different batches but seems like IO has as well based on this thread

Always heard good things about Tropic Marin too. I know Steve-S uses Kent. I would try it based on his recommendation alone if it was available. Oceanic, Tropic Marin, IO, and Red Sea is what is available locally for me.

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Here's an interesting survey result:

http://www.reefs.org/GBSurvey/survey...w_results=true
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I use both Instant Ocean and Tropic Marin.

Instant Ocean at the tank I maintain for my parents. It is a great value and requires just a bit of calcium buffering.

I use the Tropic Marin at home, only because I have read good things about it and it is priced pretty good at my LFS so I figured I would give it a go. Very consistent when mixed, alk at about 2.8meq/l and calcium at around 400. It doesn't blow the pants off IO so I wouldn't hesitate to change back.

I tried Oceanic for several months, unfortunately, the batches were very inconsistent.
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Ok, as promised I tested my calcium levels. I use a Salifert test kit and it's at 450. I've never had a calcium problem using IO and don't buffer. The only problem I see with IO is that it dissolves slower than other salt mixes. This isn't a problem for me though since I mix my water over night. It has plenty of time to dissolve.

I agree with Rev and Hoops, Oceanic does seem very inconsistent.

I'll stick with my IO. It also is a great value. I can get the 200g bucket for $34.99.
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