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Old 08-24-2005, 11:27 PM   #1
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Changing to IO salt mix. Is this a really good price?

I found 160 gallon buckets of instant ocean for $30 shipped to my house. Is this a good enough to buy a lot of extra or do places put this stuff on sale like this pretty often?
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I think I know the sale -$28.79 to be exact right? I just got a bucket for myself. I usually buy 50gal bags but I really liked this price for the bucket. Great deal IMO.
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That is a pretty good deal. I bought mine at the LFS for like $50. By the way, where is this store at that you can get it so cheap?


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By the way, where is this store at that you can get it so cheap?
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Don't forget to add shipping, it's like something per pound, can't remember.
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Don't forget to add shipping, it's like something per pound
They waived the shipping weight fee for the sale and reduced the price by 10%. Shipping was $8.99 for a 160gal bucket and a Ca test kit for me.
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Good price, yes. But I don't care for that salt at all. Low calcium, high alkalinity, doesn't dissolve fully even after 24 hours of mixing...but the choice is yours.
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Old 08-25-2005, 12:47 PM   #8
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But I don't care for that salt at all. Low Ca, high Alk...
Maybe that's why they are getting rid of it so cheaply :P
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I'll agree w/ that-about 350 ppm. Although 350 ppm is not too bad IMO once stony corals etc. start drawing from it, it can drop to an undesirable concentration quickly.
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I Disagree. It test at 4 meg/l, Steve-S recently posted Kent's has 4.27meg/l Alk. I think IO at 4 is par for the course among salt mixes. It has always worked for me- w/ alittle Ca tweaking since adding SPS.
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Old 08-25-2005, 12:58 PM   #9
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Buy the IO Reef Crystals instead. A little more money and you get the calcium bumped up to 400 and the alk around 10 (DkH, I have no idea why I latched onto that number rather than the meg/l that everyone else uses, lol).

Better yet take the ad to a Petco and get it for that price in the store and pay no shipping at all on it
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Better yet take the ad to a Petco and get it for that price in the store and pay no shipping at all on it
All Petcos will do that??
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