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Old 08-05-2007, 09:49 AM   #11
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I also use Reef Crystals. I tried Red Sea but it didn't mix well, and left clumps of salt in the water. Reef Crystals however blends extremely well and has great additives of vitamins, calcium, etc. It is also a pretty inexpensive salt.
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:43 AM   #12
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I use Coralife sea salt. Why?...because each bucket comes with a free t-shirt! Seriously, When I started a few years back it is what the LFS recommended. I have been pretty happy with it, although I have noticed varied CA readings between batches. It buffers Ph very well and keeps CA around 380. I prefer CA between 400-420 so I dose from time to time to keep it up. IMHO, I think the biggest difference among prepared salts is longevity. There may be some salts that allow you to stretch out the time between water changes. However, with frequent and regular water changes I suspect you will not notice a huge difference in salt performance between the various brands.
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Lets see.. Ummm tank had 1st fish put in on July 1st this year. Reef cyrstals is what I've been useing because of price and others on here recommended it
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I used to use IO but switched to RC, why, cyano and other algaes. I still get a small outbreak, now and then but not as bad as before.
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:53 AM   #15
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I'm new to SW...using Reef Crystals because many people recommended it and I trust their judgement.
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I recently switched from Reef Crystals to Tropic Marine, at the suggestion of another fish enthusiast. Can't say which of the two is better just yet, but the Tropic Marine does seem to mix a lot easier.
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I am using the new Seachem Reef Salt. The why would be because with IO I couldn't get Ca higher than 360-380 and I am trying to prepare for more sps corals. I also had some cyano issues with IO, and it never mixed well for me.

The Seachem mixes amazingly well, always provides me with a high Ca (some would argue too high > 480). So far I am very happy with it.
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I switched from IO to Reef Crystals and have been happy with the improvement. I wish the ca was higher but since I've been dosing with each water change it works out well.
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Anyone out there using Crystal Sea Marine Mix Bioassay Formulation? I hear it's pretty good.
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The Seachem mixes amazingly well, always provides me with a high Ca (some would argue too high > 480). So far I am very happy with it.
Wow! What salinity is that mixed at... 1.024 or so?

Also... what alkalinity goes along with that, after a couple days of sitting?
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