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Old 10-10-2004, 09:06 AM   #1
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Instant Ocean salt

Is it right that this is "fish only" salt, and requires additives (iodine, strontium etc.) to be added to the water if this is the salt used?

These are test results from someone who tested the salt for trace elements:

http://www.aquacraft.net/w0014.html

I'm mainly concerned about iodine, strontium and any other trace elements that my corals need. How does it do in the test for them?
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NO.

Several recent studies have been done showing trace element levels and while the IO levels are not inflated as high as some other salt mixes you are not in any way limited to only using it for FO setups unless you dose. I use IO still on my reefs with NO dosing.
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Good!

I don't want to be dosing anything when I start with my corals.

Do you run carbon by the way? Apparently (from the Kent Marine site) their carbon takes out a lot of trace elements which have to be added back in?
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Apparently (from the Kent Marine site) their carbon takes out a lot of trace elements which have to be added back in?
Exactly. If you do insist on using carbon only use it for 1 week a month to help clairfy the water.
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If I only use it for 3-4 days each month, then take it out, will I definitely not have any problems with the trace elements etc. then, and it won't cause any other problems?

Do you think it's necessary? I don't have a skimmer.
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Every bit of research I have done on carbon refutes what Kent Marine says about carbon removing trace elements. It just not true. Perhaps it is with their carbon, however, as I have never used it.
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Okie...

Can anyone suggest a make of carbon here in the UK, other than Kent?
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Biggen: would you mind replying to my chlorine/chlorides thread?
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If you dont plan on doing water changes then you will need to add trace elements regardless of what kind of salt mix you use. I would avocate a skimmer aswell. Regular water changes on a lightly stocked tank of corals will do the replenishment of elements for you.
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My tank is 40g, and my corals are:

2 x button polyps, 2 x star polyps, 2 x mushroom corals, 1 x long-polyped toadstool leather, 1 x kenya tree coral.

I do a 20% waterchange every 2 weeks.

Am I ok without additives?

Would you suggest using carbon at all?
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