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Old 10-11-2004, 03:35 PM   #1
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What salt to use...

I have both Ocean and Instant Ocean available to me... I think instant ocean is a bit cheaper and I have been using it for two months without problem but I wanted to know what everyone liked better. This is only of the two... There is a chance that I may be able to get coralife too but I don't hear much about this salt and I think I can only get the big buckets.
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I use Instant Ocean without a problem. I did not vote since I have never tried the Oceanic to compare. At some point, I need to buy a bucket of Oceanic or Instant Ocean so I am interested in seeing how this turns out.
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Old 10-11-2004, 05:25 PM   #3
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What type of tank... reef of fo? If a reef I would use the Oceanic, Fo use what ever is cheaper.
I have used both and my corals seem to be doing better with the Oceanic. Both very good salts IMO.
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Old 10-11-2004, 06:08 PM   #4
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How about coralife? Been using it for a year almost with out a problam! And you get a free fish shirt LOL
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Old 10-11-2004, 06:13 PM   #5
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I also have been using instant ocean for seven years, never had any problem, I spent years researching salts and one has 1 item better then the other but less of the other so the bottem line is use a well named brand that's works for you
I've learned over the years that salt is like motor oil ,alot of different brands out there, but oil is oil, it all comes from the same place unless its vergin oil that has had nothing added to it which in this case would be water from the ocean, just pick one that been around a while and use it, if you dont like it try another ,everyone likes a certain salt for different reasons ,I like instant ocean because its been around for ever plus I never have a problem with my ph dropping with it where I have with others ,weather the salt was the cause who noise but I have not had any problems so I stay with it
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Old 10-11-2004, 06:45 PM   #6
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My tank is a reef...my only complaint with IO is that it takes a lot more salt than stated to get a good salinity level. It says something like 1/2 a cup per gallon and I usually end up using close to a cup per to get it right around 1.024. Maybe like 75-80% of a cup per gallon. Obviously it directs lower for FO tanks though.
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Old 10-11-2004, 08:57 PM   #7
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Oceanic for me. I used to use IO but was tired of the chronic low levels of Ca. Out of the bag it was around 350ppm which I wasn't happy with. I get a Ca level of around ~450 out of the bag (bucket actually) with Oceanic.
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What is the consensus on changing salts? Will it screw anythign up? I still have 75% of a bucket of IO left so it wouldn't be til after it is gone.
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What is the consensus on changing salts? Will it screw anythign up? I still have 75% of a bucket of IO left so it wouldn't be til after it is gone.
Small water changes spread over time. Like 5% to 10% each change. That is how I did it anyway. It takes a while but at least you are minimizing any chemical change the salt may have on the animals.
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Old 10-11-2004, 09:20 PM   #10
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i tried the corallife salt its not bad
i like the instant ocean because to me it dissolved faster
and is more stable i think
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