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Old 10-25-2015, 02:08 PM   #2971
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Nice new skimmer you have there Dary. I'm glad its working out for you. As far as sea salt goes, I've been using the instant ocean reef crystals since i started and i have been very happy with it.

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Old 10-25-2015, 03:15 PM   #2972
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I have heard that the regular tropic marin is better (closer to nsw) than the TM reef salt. That said I tried to use a different salt mix each time I bought it. I found that the dirtiest salt mixes (the ones that left a brown soot in my mixing barrel) were:
IO, and IO Reef Crystals
Seachem Reef
Kent

I still used them on occasion even with the nasty brown crap, but not as often as other brands. Recently the price came down on "Royal Nature" which mixes pretty clean. It's not a bad salt mix. You might want to get a dosing pump and start a constant drip. Could it be possible that your corals are simply using the alk as fast as you are putting it in?
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I have heard that the regular tropic marin is better (closer to nsw) than the TM reef salt. That said I tried to use a different salt mix each time I bought it. I found that the dirtiest salt mixes (the ones that left a brown soot in my mixing barrel) were:
IO, and IO Reef Crystals
Seachem Reef
Kent

I still used them on occasion even with the nasty brown crap, but not as often as other brands. Recently the price came down on "Royal Nature" which mixes pretty clean. It's not a bad salt mix. You might want to get a dosing pump and start a constant drip. Could it be possible that your corals are simply using the alk as fast as you are putting it in?

Yep,...ditto on everything ,...been using a dosing pump full speed for a couple years now


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Old 10-25-2015, 05:46 PM   #2974
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I think it's more like taking the thirsty 427 out and putting in a 800 hp 6 cyl that gets 20 mpg

You're prob right but there's just something about the roar of the 427 that kind of makes you smile no matter how much gas it sucks up ,... The mcr did a great job ,.... Time will tell on the ev6 dc


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Old 10-25-2015, 05:51 PM   #2975
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How big of an area does that whole stand take up? Its a beast! Nicely done thought. I don't think I've ever seen that much of it until now.

Paul,.. 16 feet of cabinet ,... Took a couple of quick pics to kind of give you an idea,... Rodi water on a roll out system,..and pwc change water barrel Click image for larger version

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Old 10-25-2015, 05:54 PM   #2976
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Nice new skimmer you have there Dary. I'm glad its working out for you. As far as sea salt goes, I've been using the instant ocean reef crystals since i started and i have been very happy with it.

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Barb,..so far the new skimmer is doing well,... I did use reef crystals for a year or so, but switched around alittle ,..I'll spin the roulette wheel and see where in salt land it stops this time


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Barb,..so far the new skimmer is doing well,... I did use reef crystals for a year or so, but switched around alittle ,..I'll spin the roulette wheel and see where in salt land it stops this time


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Sounds good to me Dary. Hope you find a salt that works great for you.

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Whoa nice stand

So is there a salt mix that reigns supreme right now? My LFS is convinced AquaVitro is the best right now.


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Caleb,... I've tried reef crystals,Kent ,coral pro etc,..been on this high priced tropic Marin pro reef Salt but I'm fighting keeping the Alk up ,...I might try their regular salt mix just once ( suppose to be better balanced ) and see what happens there ,..if that doesn't work for me then it's off the roulette wheel :-/


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I'm with Doug, I don't think it matters that much. I tend to use what is cheap and that's Reef Crystals around here. Everybody has a favorite, but I don't think it matters in the end. If you have a densely populated coral reef, your going to be adding alk/cal/mg anyway. The advantage of sticking to one brand is that the additive amounts you use shouldn't change much. If there is a bit of clay precipitate, that stays in the barrel and I clean it out now and then.


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