I just wanted to know anyone's thoughts and sucess on the different salt water mixes. Currently we use Instant Ocean. It seems to be working OK. Does anyone know if it (Instant Ocean) has elements or stuff it in (trace elements, ammonia, nitrite or nitrate)? Is it dangerous to change from one brand to another (Instant Ocean to Coral Reef or Coralife or etc.)?
What advantages does one have over the other?
The reason I'm asking is that my tank has been set up for about 2 months. the ammonia & nitrites are zero but the nitrate is up (around 10ppm). I made some fresh saltwater in a clean bucket & tested it. It also shows 10ppm. I find this strange. Does anyone have any thoughts?
My tank now is a 29gal, 40lbs LS
, 20lbs LR
. Livestock is 11 snails (6 astrea & 5 trochus/tiger), 2 cleaner shrimp, 2 scooter bleenies & a green serpent star.