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Old 11-11-2008, 02:53 AM   #11
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i use oceanic salt, i get it from pets mart for 35 bucks, makes 90 gallons or so depending on concentration and is a very fine powder. it also comes in a nice fancy blue container w/ a handle and small screw on top to keep it air tight.

i do not have hard corals or anything fancy, but i do have some soft corals which seem to be doing great, and i have coralline growing in the tank also.
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how bout reef crystals? i thought that it was supposed to be more suited for corals than instant ocean? but it seems like most people use IO over RC. i kno theres a price difference and i dont kno nuttin abut the chemicals or w/e so just curious as to why many ppl prefer IO?
I believe it might be there choice on using IO over RC because IO does not have a high volume of CA, MG ALK, PHOS,... ETC.... So in this case they are adding more of what is need to there likings. Not saying that RC isn't great I use IO and right now and I want to test a new Salt mix since Tap water has some many chemicals it in it's really hard to tell how your levels are everyday especailly topping off... Tap water changes from week to week. So right now I guess i am excited to use something different thats going to work well with RO/DI....
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[quote=ccCapt;922998] There was a thread on RC about this and I asked Sanjay about it. IO typically tests at about 340 ca, 12 dKH and 1100 mg. So they bump up the ca and mag in the new mix with the calcium chloride and magnesium chloride you can get from Bulk Reef Supply. So they make the mix to maybe 32ppt and then dose. Adding the ca and mg raises both those levels, plus it raises the sg. You are now using less salt to get to 35ppt and you have your ca, alk and mg levels all at optimal levels.quote]


What are considered optimal levels???
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I switched from IO to RC. I am on well water and even with my RO/DI, my Ca is still off the charts.
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I switched from IO to RC. I am on well water and even with my RO/DI, my Ca is still off the charts.
MMMMMM, Looks like for the most part everyone Likes RC...
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It's really a personal preference, if IO works for you go for it. Sometimes I had trouble with it dissolving and I had lots of cyano (but this could have been me being new and not using proper husbandry practices....). I really think it comes down to the water quality out of the tap and PWC schedules, feeding, lighting and many other factors.
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The best salt is the one that works for you, is readily available, and you can get it when you need it. That's about the only hard facts there are in these type of questions.
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Reef Aquarium Water Parameters by Randy Holmes-Farley
calcium: 380 - 450 ppm
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Maybe What I am trying to get at is what salt mix will give you the Best Water Parameter readings without adding anything extra? I think this should clear up more or less what my whole Thread is about and why I wanted to bring this question up again.... I know its personal Perference but theres got to be a exact explanation of Salt mixes.... Sorry I hope i am not upsetting anyone with this issue I know it is a touchy subject....
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