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Old 01-12-2007, 02:20 PM   #1
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what the best salt...

ok well i was talking to the guys at the local fish stores around me and they all agreed that the salt i have sucks. i bought the red sea salt when it was onsale during boxing day but am now regretting it. i have been looking at tropic marine and reef cyrstals. but i was wondering truly what brand i should buy. i would like peoples experiences on salt they have used and any reccomendations. i am not looking for a concrete 1 salt answer just a general view of the top 3. thanks.
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I was using IO, for a while, I am constantly fighting algae blooms. I just changed to RC, so I don't have much to say right now, since I have only done 1 maybe 2 PWCs. In other words, they jury is still out, for me.
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Old 01-12-2007, 03:03 PM   #3
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Tropic Marin hands down, the product is worth the price. Never used RC, but then again i have never needed to try another salt. Tropic Marine keeps your tank in great shape and keeps all your levels right where they should be.
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I have used IO and hated it. I switched to Reef Crystals and love it, fish look better, disolves faster, less nuisance algae, i'm very pleased.
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I switched from IO to Kent and then recently to RC. Couldn't be happier with RC personally
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I switched from Instant Ocean to Seachem Reef Salt. Never had many problems with IO except that I didn't like the way it dissolved. Always was a pain and there was always stuff left over that didn't dissolve. Seachem was supposed to be better in calcium and alkalinity...but so far I've found that (with using tap water) it gives extrememly high calcium >500 and extremely high alkalinity > 12-16 dKh. I am also having cyano issues that I never had before with IO (surprisingly).


I have heard great things about Tropic Marin and Reef Crystals, so I'll probably be giving them a go after the Seachem is gone.
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I use oceanic. It keeps my calcium at around 400-420 just doing weekly PWC`s. It also does a good job of replacing trace elements so I dont have to supplement anything in my tank. I like what I see with Oceanic salt. By the way this will be a 10 answer question.
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I was using IO, for a while, I am constantly fighting algae blooms. I just changed to RC, so I don't have much to say right now, since I have only done 1 maybe 2 PWCs. In other words, they jury is still out, for me.
I have the same problem.

I too am using IO, and Can't keep up with the Red Slime algae. As fast as my snails and I clear it, it grows back 10 fold. RC is made by IO, so I don't know if that will be any better?

I am looking at changing salt too, This Algae is out of controll.

My LFS said that IO and other widly available salt mixes that claim they have no Phosphates, actually do, but its a different type of phosphates, and said that for a Reef High End salt is a better choice, I forgot what the brand of High end salt he carried was (It might be that Tropic Marine stuff), but it wasn't something you could pick up at any petsmart, petco, etc..

I don't know if that is true or if he was just trying to sell me an expensive salt, but I am almost willing to spend the money to find out. But then again, my API Phosphate test shows 0 Phosphates, so I'm still confused!

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I have been a long-time fan of Reef Crystals, but for a more in-depth opinion on salt mixes, see here
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/ca/volume...mpressions.htm
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Here is a good link also. By the way, nice article steve.

http://www.fantasyreef.com/macna/macna10.php
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