Originally Posted by deepseadan
Last night I made three different five gallon mixes of saltwater from coral pro salt (water change time anyway. All three tested out 510, 500, 510 calcium, 1370 mag, and 12 dkh
. I used salifert and tropic marin tests. I did one test from my old half used tropic marin's and it was 420 cal, 9 dkh
and 1350 mag. I just asked about dry mixing the salt first because in the past I have seen major differences in parameters from the top to bottom of the buckets, especially with large mixes. Just like anything else shipped, I figured it may have settled.
As I mentioned earlier, I never had any problems with the original Coral Pro formula and I like the Red Sea, but I don't keep my calcium at 500 or my alk
at 12 dKH
(the original version had a much lower alk
level). Being I dose a set amount of calcium and alk
everyday I don't want to have to change my routine on days I do a water change. I perfer to use salt that's as close to the parameters I keep my tank at and the regular formula Red Sea is perfect for me. The Tropic Marin parameters look good, but the price turns me off. Stability is a key to success and if I can keep my water parameter pretty much the same day in and day out it leads to a stable system. I'm not saying you can't have success using a salt that may have much higher than natural calcium and alk
levels, it just didn't fit my way of maintaining stable water parameters.
Originally Posted by mfdrookie516
I looked at an LFS
tonight, Red Sea (not pro!) was $99.99 for a bucket. Craziness.
WOW I pay $45 for a bucket of regular Red Sea at my LFS