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Old 09-09-2008, 04:30 PM   #1
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Salt mixes

Any comments on the worst / best etc...

I used to get Red Sea already mixed from my LFS and never had any problems at all.

Then I switched LFS's and started using "instant ocean" premixed... Now that I have been thinking about it, I have had a couple problems since -- but I highly doubt it was related to the SW mix.

So now I'm determined to start making my own RO/DI water and to mix my own salt....

I was looking at Liveaquaria.com / Dr fosterandsmith and think i'm gonna go with the "red sea salt" for $42.99 for a 200 gallon mix -- but then I also see "red sea coral pro salt and was wondering if anyone is using this and their thoughts??
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Is this for a reef tank or for a FO/FOWLR tank?

Red Sea is good salt. I've used the RS Coal Pro before and had decent results. I have bounced around with a few different mixes and have found that I like Reef Crystals the best. Instant Ocean is or can cause issues with algae outbreaks, or that has been my experience and I will only use IO if I have no other option and it is an emergency and I can't find anything else.
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I prefer Instant Ocean, old reliable.
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Like I said I have had some breakouts since I started using IO (I really just thought of this today)....

I have a Reed tank... small 34gallon. right now have it stocked as follows:

2 emerald crabls
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Correction --- I have a REEF Tank.

I also have 2 saddle back clowns in it.
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No fish?

I have found over the last 3 years that when I am forced to use IO I end up with algae issues. Just my experience....
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What salt to use will have 10 different answers from 10 different people. They all have their pros and cons. I prefer Oceanic because it keeps my calcium where it needs to be. If you search this site you`ll come up with many threads and what people use. I started two of them.
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I do have 2 fish - saddle back clowns.

Yeah, like everything else in the salt water community - everyone has a different opinion. lol I think that is what makes it so much fun!
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I prefer Instant Ocean, old reliable.
Do you bump up the ca and mag when you mix it?
I was going to get a bucket to try it and boost the ca and mag with the DIY solutions, but the lfs was charging almost the same price I pay for Red Sea CP.
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So if everyone has there take on different Salt Mixes which one would everyone can say would be the best even though you are using a mix that you know there is something out there that is better?
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