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Old 11-26-2005, 06:47 PM   #11
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Mine was from Hagen,Im not sure what his was but I do know it was not Hagen,completely different package.
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I will be interseted to see whst you find out. I have always used Instant ocean, but jsut bought a bucket of oceanic because it has been highly recomended and was on sale.
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Well that rules out the test kit as the problem
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Old 11-26-2005, 06:57 PM   #14
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i wolud rule out my tap water and test kit,the only other thing it could possibly be is the salt mix.Im thinking I have a bad batch and thats all,because so many people use Oceanic with no problems. I contacted the LFS where I purchased it and asked how long he had this particular bucket and all he said was "a while" ... I dont know if that would have any affect. I think Im going to contact Oceanic and ask them that question.
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Old 11-26-2005, 09:25 PM   #15
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Oceanic salt is notorious for containing a lot of calcium...thats why a lot of us prefer it. From what I have heard and read, it is not uncommon for freshly mixed saltwater using oceanic salt to give a reading of 500 mg/l calcium. However, I have never heard of it being that high, approaching 600 mg/l.

Some people also complain about oceanic salt producing seawater with low alkalinity. I would check into that. Calcium and alkalinity go hand in hand. If the calcium is extremely elevated, I would suspect your alkalinity to be low. Test that as well and let us know what type of reading your getting. HTH
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Oceanic salt is notorious for containing a lot of calcium...
I agree-I have seen many post about this. Ca that high is not beneficial, it may actually be harmful to stony corals. It causes them to grow too fast and become "reedy" and fragile. On the other hand IO salt is notoriously LOW in Ca~350.
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There have been lots of reports of really high Ca in Oceanic lately on various boards. Sounds like a bad batch. I mix it with IO myself, which gets me perfect Alk and Ca
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never thought of mixing brands. does anyone know of any drawbacks. sounds like a good idea.
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does anyone know of any drawbacks.
If your not cautious about exactly how much of each you add every time, in relation to each other, you could end up "shocking" your tank. Different brand salt mixes have different amounts of each major, minor, and trace element. That is why it is best to pick a brand and stick w/ it. I would not recommend it, especially if you have inverts.
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yea , bad idea, sorry.
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