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Old 12-07-2009, 12:02 PM   #1
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I have been using Instant Ocean for a 6months on my new 125G Reef tank. I'm tired of adding calcium so changed to Red Sea Salt....I am adding it during my twice a week PWC's. each PWC is 10 gallons....

Does anyone see this as being a problem? Will I see chemical changes or anything I need to be prepared for?
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:17 PM   #2
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And and the great salt debate begins anew...You will see differences in the salts if you are testing for them. Otherwise, you may never notice a difference.
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All salt mixes have their pros and cons. IO seems to have a lower calcium . I use oceanic salt for it`s high calcium but it has a lower alk than most salts. If there was the perfect salt mix we would all be using it.
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is it a bad idea to suddenly change to a new salt brand? And has anyone ever used the petco brand?
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IF there was a perfect salt mix, we couldn't afford it XD
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:21 PM   #6
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is it a bad idea to suddenly change to a new salt brand? And has anyone ever used the petco brand?
I don't think the difference would be in any type of chemical reaction. Check the label on the petco salt and cross ref it against your other salts. More then likely it's like Sears brands. Made by someone else and just their name on it.
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huh i may end up switching to petco brand tho i know its not the same as the instant ocean i use as it has a awful taste to it when its dry lol had it on my fingers by accident
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I have been using Instant Ocean for a 6months on my new 125G Reef tank. I'm tired of adding calcium so changed to Red Sea Salt....I am adding it during my twice a week PWC's. each PWC is 10 gallons....

Does anyone see this as being a problem? Will I see chemical changes or anything I need to be prepared for?
I'm sure you will be fine. When I switch salt brands, I usually mix 50/50 the old salt and the new salt. Probably doesn't make much of a difference since we are only talking about 10-15% of the total water volume.
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I went from Instant Ocean to Coralife and I have had not problems. I am not sure which brand I want to use so eventually I may try another brand!
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