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Old 01-26-2006, 11:57 AM   #1
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If you had to pick between Instant Ocean and Oceanic salt

mix which one would you pick? Thanks in advance I'm just having a hard time narrowing this down.

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Old 01-26-2006, 12:24 PM   #2
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I like to use oceanic.
it seems to disolve quicker
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:11 PM   #3
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I had good results with IO but I now use Oceanic. I switched when I started buying more SPS/LPS corals. For softies, I think IO is good. I had really good growth in my softies with PC lights and IO. For hard corals, a higher Ca/Alk would be preferred.

I am on my second bucket of Oceanic and I get Ca 430 and Alk of 3.5 meg/L out of the bucket. These numbers work well for me.

Oceanic is a bit more expensive for me though so it is a trade off. Both are good but depends on what you want and how much you want to spend.

I will say that my last bucket I ordered from DrsFoster&smith. No extra shipping charges!

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Old 01-26-2006, 02:23 PM   #5
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IO = Reef Crystals right?
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:33 PM   #6
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There are two different IOs. IO makes their basic and Reef Crystals. I use the Reef Crystals and am happy with the balance of Ca/Alk/Mg in the mix.
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:38 PM   #7
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I use IO. It's worked well for me over the years. It helps too that I can get it for half of what I would pay for Oceanic.
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I switche to IO from Oceanic. For me Oceanic had good CA levels but the PH was low. IO had low Ca but PH was good. So I was going to be dosing buffer or CA either way. My chioce was based on Fluffs comment.
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I used to use Oceanic now I use Oc, but as soon as this bucket is gone Im going to switch back. I miss the 420 ppm of calcium. I pay about 8-10 dollars less for a 5 gallon bucket of Oc but I spend 10x that in calcium supp. A fresh batch Of Oc measures around 350ppm of calcium.
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I pay about 8-10 dollars less for a 5 gallon bucket of Oc but I spend 10x that in calcium supp.
I can bring 300 gal of fresh IO SW up to 430ppm of CA for around $5.
No right or wrong answer here just wondering what kind of CA that is?
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