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Old 09-29-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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To date I have been buying all my water and plan to start making/mixing my own. What is the best salt mix to use for a reef tank? I did a search on the site and saw a few types, but I couldn't locate a good answer. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Regards- Steve
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:07 PM   #2
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I've used instant ocean reef crystals & have had great results. I'm now using red sea coral pro salt, & notice even better results. I'd recommend both products.
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There is no best brand out there. If there was we would all be using it. There are several brands out there and they all have there pros and cons. Which is the best salt mix is one of those questions that if you asked 10 people you will get 11 answers.
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Thank you. I would appreciate knowing the pros and cons of various brands. I was really looking for opinions to help push me towards a brand.
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I also use red sea coral pro salt and it's awesome. My friend who has a reef tank used that salt and said he didn't even need to supplement with calcium etc. Kind of an all in one salt and by a good company too.
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Thank you. I would appreciate knowing the pros and cons of various brands. I was really looking for opinions to help push me towards a brand.
Here is a quote from Randy Holmes-Farley, PhD.
"Here's my rational for using Instant Ocean:

I do not think there is a "best" salt mix. Nearly all of them will work fine as long as you know their pros and cons.

I don't want excessive borate, which leaves out Seachem.

I don't want vitamins or anything else organic in my mix (because I doubt their utility, they degrade with time to who knows what, bacteria may thrive on them as I store new salt water for a substantial period, they are totally undescribed with respect to amounts or identity, they are not naturally present in natural seawater at appreciable levels, and because I've occasionally had them mess with my skimmer), so that tosses out some like Reef Crystals, hW Marinemix Plus BioElements, Kent, Coralife, and Nutri-SeaWater.

I don't want excessive calcium (long term use of limewater as I use drives up calcium, so I do not want it starting high), so that tosses out a bunch, such as Kent, Seachem, Coralife and Oceanic.

There are certain companies that I will not support due to their misleading claims and/or product lines. That tosses out a few which I won't detail here since it is my personal thought as opposed to a specific issue with their salt mix.

I won't use certain lines of natural seawater due to excessive metals in it.

That only leaves a few to choose from, such as Instant Ocean and Tropic Marin Pro. The remaining ones might all be fine for me, but IO is lower in cost, especially if you get it when it goes on sale (which it frequently does). It also has a very long track record of success in many aquaria with relatively few concerning issues of bad batches."
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I do use oceanic. I like the higher calcium levels. That`s the good. The bad is it has lower alk levels.
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