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Old 12-14-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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Red Sea pro salt mix

I'm thinking of trying out the red sea salt mix but I have a question on how to mix it. LOL

The item description and instructions at foster and smith says to add 1.4lbs to 5g of water....How does that equate to cups? I currently use 1 half cup for each gallon using Instant ocean...

anyone use this salt mix and can help me out?

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I measured some out since I just got some... I guestimated that it would be about 1/2 cup per gallon. I haven't had the chance to mix any yet to see, but 1/2 cup, minus the weight of the measuring cup, was just over 1/4lb, I think it came out to just over .27lbs. Take .27x 5 and that'll equal 1.35... which is close. Probably have to add a little more, but that's what refractometers are for, right?
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:19 AM   #3
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Excellent! thanks so much! I have the "eye" for measuring out the instant ocean to get to 1.0255 so I should get the hang of the red sea if its pretty much the same.

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I would certainly test it out on a gallon or so first and see... I will be mixing some tonight, so I can get a better idea if my 'guestimate' was close.
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Oh, I mix my salt by the 3g buckets. lol

I test salinity after it has mixed for awhile and then again after adjustments.

Let me know how it works out.

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I recently switched to red sea pro from IO reef crystals. I'm liking a lot better. I used to mix 15 cups of instant ocean for 15 gallons to get 1.025. Now it only takes 8 cups to mix 15 gallons at 1.025. Salt has lasted twice as long. all tests come out about the same as far as parameters. Corals and fish look as healthy as they were before.
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I completely forgot to post back here. I finished mine up last night. I used 4 gallon water jugs (from the drinking water machines) and put 2 cups per bucket. I'm guessing I was a bit off, as I tested last night after everything had been running for an hour and I was at 1.023.
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It is the only salt i use in my DT, at 25-26 degrees celsius you can mix 4 FULL cups of salt to achieve a 1.025 salinity in a 60lt drum.

Take in to consideration that depending on your coral load the red sea coral pro salt will give you a high nutrient mix so if you are going for high nutrient growth in your tank than this is the best but if you are shooting more for coloration and low nutrient then maybe another salt that is less rich would suit best.

My coral load is a very diverse mix so i don't have to supplement much, except adding some kh and some calcium every other day.

Hand to heart i can say that my nutrients and other values are very stable with this salt.

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Thanks guys, I appreciate all the feedback.

I think my next salt order will be the red sea,. I have a gift card for foster and smith that expires january 3rd so I'll get a bucket of this stuff.

I've been dosing everything under the sun to keep my mag, calc and alkalinity in order, here's hoping this salt will help me out! lol

I plan on getting the reef mix, thats the one I want right? Not the just the regular salt mix?
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For many years I've been using tropic marin and last year I made a weary switch to red sea coral pro salt. It turned out to be a great decision, especially cost wise. My reef seems to keep stable nutrient levels longer, and they are no negative effects I've seen. I believe the salt in coral pro salt is also harvested from sea water, which I kind of like as well. In my opinion, I rank it above tropic marin, though I might be yelled at.
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