Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-30-2009, 02:47 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
partypalooza5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,274
Send a message via AIM to partypalooza5 Send a message via Yahoo to partypalooza5
Which brand of salt?

I can't decide!!

It seems like Instant Ocean is a trusted brand, but Coralife also seems pretty good (plus you get a T-shirt with the bucket!) I just really don't know which to pick. Anyone have good/bad experiences that they are willing to share?

Or is brand really not important because it's all basically the same thing...
__________________

__________________
75G FOWLR Build

partypalooza5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 03:08 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
divedeep1689's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: phenix city alabama
Posts: 1,061
Send a message via AIM to divedeep1689
i have used instant ocean since i started so far its kept my tank healthy
__________________

__________________
special thanks to melosu58 , roka , thincat,CaptainAhab (and many more who i will list later as i find thier names so i can spell them lol ) for i would not have the tank or the knowledge i have about my tank if not for them.
divedeep1689 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 05:00 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
I've used both. Instant Ocean as stated is good. You have to really let corallife mix well before using or you get lots of it not desolving. It's also harder to keep Alkalinily up with corallife. Other then that it's okay.
__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 08:25 AM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Tank2379's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chicago,IL
Posts: 2,890
Send a message via MSN to Tank2379 Send a message via Yahoo to Tank2379
Are you going FOWLR or are you going to convert it over to a Reef? If you go FOWLR I would just go with the Instant Ocean. If you are going to go Reef in the future I would go with Seachem Reef Salt.. JMO
Tank2379 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 08:59 AM   #5
SW 20 & Over Club
 
ccCapt's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 5,362
Send a message via ICQ to ccCapt
IMO, you want to use a salt that is close to natural seawater parameters. (400 ppm calcium, alk 8 dKH, mag 1300 ppm)
Check this thread from RC. It will give you a good idea on the differences between many of the most popular salts.
Reef Central Online Community - A General Guide to Salt Mixes

Personally, I started with Instant Ocean then switched to Red Sea and used that for well over 15 yrs. I then switched to Red Sea Coral Pro when that came out and I've used that for the past few years. I just picked up a 200g mix of Instant Ocean for $35 and I am going to use that and bump up the calcium and mag before I add it to my tank.
__________________
/Larry
125g reef
See My Tank Info
Check out The build project
ccCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 09:54 AM   #6
Sliced Bread
 
neilanh's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 8,482
Personally I use Reef Crystals.

Like Tank said, are you going FOWLR or Reef, as it will help sway the opinions.

AWT did a lab grade analysis on a dozen or so different types of salt. This doesn't paint a complete picture, but it is a very good reference of what to expect in my opinion.
http://aquariumwatertesting.com/AWT_...lysis_0208.pdf
__________________
~Neilan
In the DC Metro Area? Check out GWAPA and WAMAS
neilanh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 10:13 AM   #7
HN1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
HN1's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ga
Posts: 8,169
We've been using and pretty happy with Oceanic after switching from IO. It seems to have helped quite a bit with our algae issues. We just ordered a bucket of Seachem Reef though so our fingers are crossed.
__________________
Question everything you see on the internet. ~ George Orwell
HN1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 11:22 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
partypalooza5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,274
Send a message via AIM to partypalooza5 Send a message via Yahoo to partypalooza5
My long term plan is to start out with FO then make it a FOWLR then make it a reef (over the course of years so I can learn the basics and move up from there) From what I've seen Instant Ocean looks promising. (Or Reef Crystals) Is there any bad effects of initially filling with Coralife salt then moving to Instant Ocean?
__________________
75G FOWLR Build

partypalooza5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 11:45 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
No, most important is to match the parameters with what you got in the tank. If you are not happy with them than make changes slowly. Temp, SG are most important, then match Ca and Alk.
__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 06:22 PM   #10
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
I use Oceanic and have from the start 11 + yrs ago. It keeps great calcium numbers but suffers a little when it comes to alk. No one brand of salt mix is absolutely complete or we would all be using it. I`m sold on oceanic and dont plan on any change.
__________________

__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ich, salt

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best brand of Salt partypalooza5 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 10-22-2009 07:40 PM
Switching Salt Brand ahochan Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 6 01-31-2007 04:48 AM
What brand of salt do you use? Voodoo Chilli Saltwater Reef Aquaria 15 10-29-2006 11:10 PM
Good Salt? Bad salt? Ocean Pure brand wlam18 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 3 12-26-2005 07:20 PM
What brand salt mix?? runway1 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 10 08-05-2005 03:48 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.