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Old 03-31-2010, 07:27 PM   #1
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What`s the best salt mix to use in a reef tank?

What is the best salt mix to use in a reef tank. And can I use bottled water to mix it with. I don't have RO
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:59 PM   #2
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I'm not sure as to the best one, many people have different opinions as to the best but it depends on whats avaliable to you. You can use bottled water but that would be expensive when you could just use Prime on your tap water.
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:27 PM   #3
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I wouldn't use tap treated with Prime for a reef tank. Bottled water will work. You can also get RO at most grocery stores now. I used to tote a few 5G containers to Publix every week for water. I think it's like 35 cents per gallon. The best salt mix is the one that works for your tank and budget. IME, Seachem Reef has been great. We also had very good results from Oceanic. Red Sea.... not so much. We've just started trying out Salinity (got a great deal on a 220G bucket). Once the price of it goes to normal, we'll be back on Seachem Reef.
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I am trying different Reef Salts right now. I was using Coralife beacuse they seemed to have the lowest phosphates and nitrates of any salt. However thats about it other than high levels of calcium it didn"t seem to do anything but cause calcium deposits. I am now trying Seachem Reef Salt. So far I have liked it on my first bucket and I have done 1 25g water change and 2 5g water changes. The only problem I see and I am going to start a thread on this is my Iodine is 0. From what I found out from reaserch is you just have to try salts and see what you like the best. I am thinking about trying Red Sea Coral Pro next. Not sure yet.
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Everybody has their own opinion on what is their favorite saltmix and it tends to vary. I don't think there is one "best" saltmix out there. What was your Magnesium level at when you were getting Calcium deposits with the Coralife?
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when I was using corlaife I did not have a Mag test kit to be honest. I actually ordered one Friday from Marinedepot.com should be here this weekend.
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when I was using corlaife I did not have a Mag test kit to be honest. I actually ordered one Friday from Marinedepot.com should be here this weekend.
Your mag was probably low so the calcium was unable to stay in suspension. But ya, Coralife is high in CA. If I didn't have a tank with a high CA demand I would probably use somethng else.
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Oh No not the dreaded "What`s the best salt mix" question. Just kidding. LOL That`s one of those questions that if you asked 10 different people you`ll get 11 different answers. If you do a search on the site here you`ll find some thread discussion and why people use the one they use. There is no one "best" brand or everyone would be using it. They all have their pros and cons.
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That`s one of those questions that if you asked 10 different people you`ll get 11 different answers.
No Mike. You ask 10 ppl and get 15 diff answers. I like a few.
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Hahaha, I like it!
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