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Old 12-10-2003, 11:00 AM   #31
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Not to frustrate you but I found that when I was doing weekly water changes with IO I was unable to fix my CA levels. I tried dosing with everything on the market to raise my CA levels without success. When I changed salt to tropic marin I no longer had to correct my pH or my CA. I do need to dose a little to maintain both my ALK and CA but they are in balance, meaning the ratio between the two is more favorable. My tank is much easier to maintain since switching salts!!!!
If that kind of situation arises, you may also wish to check the <<magnesium levels>> in the tank as well as the saltmix. Again, many saltmixes fall short of proper levels of Mg and often require dosing in a system with many CaCO3 animals and tanks with plenty of LR with healthy coralline growth. I would actually suspect in the case of the Tropic Marine, is that it corrected the deficiencey and allowed the chem to come up. This is moreso true of low alk rather than Ca though.

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I actually did test the mag levels and they were okay. Also, I had no problem with the alk levels, hence my frustration!
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Old 12-10-2003, 01:54 PM   #33
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red sea recomends to use trace elements when dosing to help eliminate such problems.
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Old 12-10-2003, 05:47 PM   #34
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How does Aquacraft compare to these salts? That's what I am using along with IO. I am rethinking the IO but I have 300 lbs of IO sitting around!
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DOH! I just bought a 200gallon bucket of IO, Steve-s, what salt mix do you recommend? I know certain salt mixes may be better depending on what's in the tank etc.. but an all around good mix if IO is not ideal.
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Old 12-11-2003, 01:27 AM   #36
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I am not trying to scare everyone out of their prefered saltmix nor am I trying to purposely knock IO salts. All I am trying to do is point out these issues can cause problems with the chemistry and should be watched for. That said though, I have heard great things about Tropic Marine. Personally, I use Kent.

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kent has a saltmix additive available to bring the chemistry up to par.
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kent has a saltmix additive available to bring the chemistry up to par.
Which is

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jeez i dont know but will find out
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