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Old 12-28-2010, 12:45 PM   #11
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Try getting it from your LFS they might can get it in cheaper. I was able to get the big bucket from my LSF for $89 which I think was a good price. I do not know how much they will charge for the Bio-Actif yet will be calling them here shortly to see how much. Because I am thinking when I set up the new tank I will switch over to the Bio-Actif "Maybe"... or just stick with the Pro-Reef one....
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:48 PM   #12
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this is true, i'll look into that.. thanks!
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:10 PM   #13
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I was told the the Tropic Marin was the best so that is when I changed over. For now I am using my tap water and using PRIME to condition the water until I can get the RO/DI unit but all my readings have been excellent since I switched over and quite using my LFS pre-mixed saltwater. The readings where never good and now I don't have to worry about the water spilling out in the vehicle anymore. I was told in one of the many threads that you can use the water from the stores (distilled or the ones that you get out of a machine) but for the ones that come out of the machines you have to have a TDS meter to make sure that the water is pure because you don't know how often the maintain those machines.
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I used a TDS meter on store bought distilled water and it was 0.0, something many RO/DI have trouble keeping. That is definitely a better option than tap water.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:31 PM   #15
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Yes agreed. I bought 5 gals of distilled the other day that was just for one of my small water changes...
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:31 PM   #16
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I used a TDS meter on store bought distilled water and it was 0.0, something many RO/DI have trouble keeping. That is definitely a better option than tap water.
where did you get your TDS meter from?
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:40 PM   #17
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There is NO BEST salt. Most are quite similar. Some have higher CA,, and lower Alk, some have the reverse. Pretty much any of the quality name brands should be good.

I did have a problem with Kent's a few years ago that was verified by them (sent them samples from two buckets).

The search for the BEST salt mix is right up with the search for any other mythical object. It can also start a holy war with everyone claiming their salt brand is the best.

However, doing regular water changes is the best thing you can do for your livestock. Pick a brand and use it. If it lacks something you can add or change brands later.
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:17 PM   #18
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I agree with Cmor. There is no best or perfect mix. If that was true we would all be using it. My favorite is Oceanic but I would not be truthful if I said it was the best. They all have their pros and cons. You just have to see what works best for your needs.
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I also agree with the two above pros. The best is the one you like and fits for you. I have seen amazing tanks using every kind of salt there is.
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i like oceanic, D&D ocean (deltecs salt), reef crystals, seachem reef salt, tropic marin pro reef (never tried the regular), and red sea coral pro. all of these will give you similar results. i like oceanic best because they have the 6 gallon buckets!
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