Originally Posted by melosu58
What salt to use will have 10 different answers from 10 different people.
Actually... I think you'll get 11 different answers!
Sheesh... glad I didn't gloss over this thread - thanks for the complements. Not sure what to say...
But anyway - I guess I should chime in after all that. I use Reef Crystals, but I can't really say anything about any other salts because I've never tried them. I did a bit of research before starting the tank and pretty much came to the conclusion that Melosu mentioned above - they all have their pluses and minuses. And in my opinion, there will probably never be the "perfect" salt, because if it was that easy it would've been done by now.
My advice is go with a name brand that is readily available to you, and learn how to work with it. As you start getting more corals, or your coraline algae is consuming a fair amount of calcium, then you'll have to deal with the low calcium salts. But you have plenty of time to research and learn.
For me, I maintain about 410-400 ppm Ca
and 8-10 dKH
alkalinity with Reef Crystals by using a 2-part Ca
solution daily and bumping up my PWC
water with TurboCalcium. I don't mess with the magnesium as it seem to stay within acceptable levels. I've been tempted to switch to Oceanic, but I'm one of those "if it ain't broke..." type of people and my tank has been pretty stable for 2 years now.
Consistency is a key thing in this hobby, and if you're always switching salts trying to tweak things, when you run into problems you won't know if it's the salt causing issues or if there's something else amiss in the tank.