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Old 08-15-2005, 10:54 PM   #1
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Changing salt mix

I am thinking of changing my salt mix from Oceanic to Instant Ocean. I have read a few post were people having a problem keeping their PH up were using oceanic. When they changed salt mixes the problem stopped. Any suggestions. Does it stress the inhabitants when you change mixes? Do you just switch or do you gradually mix them until the change is complete?
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I have had the same problem with Oceanic. I switched to Instant Ocean and now that's all I buy. Just start using it with your water changes. No problems mixing them.

Eventually you'll be all IO.

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I switched from Instant Ocean to Oceanic then back to Instant Ocean and my tank didnt' show any signs of stress. I wouldn't mix them, I would just go cold turkey. If your worried, you could do smaller water changes to start off with using the new salt and slowly adjust the tank over.
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Fluff why did you change back?
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Due to low PH and low calcium. IO has always kept my ph at 8.0. Not perfect but, good. With Oceanic it was 7.8. Also, IO keeps my calcium at around 450. Oceanic was below 400 but I don't remember the exact number.
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see, I switched from IO to Oceanic, because IO gave me way high Alk, too low a calcium, and pH never above 8.0.
Oceanic has balanced Alk/Cal out of the tub, and my pH is never below 8.1

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IO keeps my calcium at around 450.
I was thinking of switching salt b/c I'm tired of having to bump up the Ca in IO before use, but decided not to b/c of my SPS and anemones. I'm just curious Fluff, what do you dose? What brand test kit? IO has always tested at or around 350ppm Ca for me

Edit-Sorry if I'm hijacking the thread Brenden. I don't think switching salts at this time in your tanks life would be too big a deal. If you did I would recommend small PWC's(5-10%) two or three times a week w/ the new salt mix for a few weeks.
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MT79 Not hijacking..I am learning so keep going. My ph stays at 7.85.
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My ph stays at 7.85.
That's very low if that is the highest it gets during the day. FWIW w/ IO my ph drops to 7.9 at night and goes to 8.2 during the day.
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I don't dose anything. I have been using SeaTest kit for my calcium.
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