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Old 10-24-2005, 07:45 PM   #21
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You get 450 Ca with no dosing? I have never heard of IO doing this? I would have never switched It is definately cheaper.
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Old 10-24-2005, 08:14 PM   #22
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Old 10-24-2005, 08:40 PM   #23
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You get 450 Ca with no dosing? I have never heard of IO doing this? I would have never switched It is definately cheaper.
No, I've never dosed calcium. That's why I can't understand why everyone has low calcium levels with IO. And, I mix this with RO/DI water so it's not my tap water causing it to be higher. Perhaps it's all a local thing. The store I buy from sells their IO very, very cheap. No one in the surrounding area and then some can beat them on that. I had asked them how they can sell it for so much cheaper and was told they don't make anything on it but it brings people in so it works for them to sell it for less. Maybe since they do sell so much, keeping it in constant stock rotation and not sitting around, that may have something to do with it? Heck, I don't know. Just grasping at straws.
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No, I've never dosed calcium. That's why I can't understand why everyone has low calcium levels with IO. And, I mix this with RO/DI water so it's not my tap water causing it to be higher. Perhaps it's all a local thing. The store I buy from sells their IO very, very cheap. No one in the surrounding area and then some can beat them on that. I had asked them how they can sell it for so much cheaper and was told they don't make anything on it but it brings people in so it works for them to sell it for less. Maybe since they do sell so much, keeping it in constant stock rotation and not sitting around, that may have something to do with it? Heck, I don't know. Just grasping at straws.
You are the first person I've heard say IO was not low in CA. It measures 340-350 with most kits. Sounds like a CA kit problem, CA kits are known for not being accuate. hth
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Im thinking that ca isnt going anywere long term in a mix Cindy.
Im glad your getting good results though. Have you thought about getting the ca results verifiyed or a seconed testkit's oppinion?
This is a doseing issue right? Wether or not your going to have to dose ca and alk.. Im thinking that might be an issue with me.. I might have to dose anyway.. lol
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No, I have no reason to dose calcuim. I have two calcium kits and they both read the same. I have a seatest kit that everyone warned me about, that it was substandard so I bought a salifert test. Now I'm getting that it's inaccurate to. Oh well. The thread was on opinions of what salt is best. In my "opinion", IO works best "for me".
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Your testkits likely fine if you have two saying the same thing... I was unaware of that.. sorry.. your right it was an oppinon question.. and if I forgot to say thanks.. then.. Thank You..
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ok ok.. any more oppinons? Id like to hear if anyones useing somthing other then IO and Oceanic.. or if there using Ocanic are you getting consitant results with your mix now?
ooh... and if someone has seen a free shipping deal on saltmix recently Im so intrested.
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I use the AP calcium kit on my IO salt mixed water, and my calcium usually reads a consistent 420 to 450. I've never dosed calcium. IO gets my pH to 8.2 with no buffering. Just my little stat. I also have been using tap water due to the lack of RO/DI in my area, so I don't know if that will affect it any.

Interesting to see the different opinions on salt. I've recently thought about trying Reef Crystals because I found it cheaper at a lfs, but decided to stick with IO.
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I have been using IO for years. But with the advice of the most knowledgable Coral grower I know. He said that the Tropic Marin was extremely stable in its mix and that additives (other than possibly Kalkwasser) would never be necessary for even the toughest corals.

So I bought a big-ol-bucket and I have been using it for about 2 weeks.

I have not tested the CA / PH in it before use, I'll do that for ya in a couple of days when I do my PWC.

I am curious now, I don't see many that mentioned this salt. Does anyone else have an opinion on it. TIA

Devilishturtles, if you are using tap water I would think your CA would be much higher than RO/DI. I tested my tap water and it was high. I bought an RO unit like this one http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Reef-6st-125...verse-Osmosis-RO-DI-Water-Filters_W0QQitemZ4412464989QQcategoryZ20684QQrdZ1Q QcmdZViewItem for only $59.

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