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Old 10-16-2002, 11:39 PM   #1
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which salt is best?

i am looking for some input from some of the more experienced aquarists. my question is which type of salt is best for reef/coral aquariums. i've been using the red sea "natural" salt for a while but my LFS is discontinuing this item. they are starting to carry the seachem salts. is instant ocean any good? i've read that some are better than others. i would greatly appreciate some feed back.
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Old 10-17-2002, 12:09 AM   #2
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I've been using Reef Crystal with no issues. Not sure if your LFS stocks this or not.
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Old 10-17-2002, 01:29 AM   #3
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I have been using Reef Crystal for about 3 years without any problems.
The research states it is one of the better salts on the market.
Two and one half cups/5 gal. water and it maintains my salinity at 1.024 with no real deviation.
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Old 10-17-2002, 02:50 AM   #4
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I personally use red sea, but have always heard very good things about Instant Ocean
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i use instant ocean in my brackish tank w/o issues.
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I have been using Reef Crystal for about 3 years without any problems.
The research states it is one of the better salts on the market.
Two and one half cups/5 gal. water and it maintains my salinity at 1.024 with no real deviation.
Does Reef Crystal desolve easily? I'm using Instant Ocean whch I have no prblems with, except I do wish it would desolve a little easier.
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Old 10-17-2002, 07:16 AM   #7
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Yes, Reef Crystals will dissolve more readily than most other salts. I have tried/mixed all of them. One thing to watch out for is to make the salt dissolve easier, the manufacturer has removed some of the mag. Years ago, I tested the mag in reef crystals and IO and IO mixed at about 900-1000 ppm and reef crystals mixed at about 800 ppm.

I recently have been having issues with IO, got a new bag on Mon. and newly mixed water gave these results...
SG 1.024
CA 350ppm
ALK 14-15 DKH
PH 8.0
From talking to others about their salt, I think I've been getting some anomalous readings, but I plan on calling the manufacturer about this and see if they have altered their formula recently (within the last couple of years)
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Most of the time its more user preference than anything else. I use IO but I have used Reef Crystals also.

I have not tested my IO recently but I will try to do that tonight to compair my results with kevins.

I ask everyone to check out this link. Its an except from the Journal of Aquariaculture and Aquatic Sciences Volume VIII, No. 2 http://216.168.47.67/cis-fishnet/JAAS/Jaas_8_2.pdf

The researchers took 8 saltmix's and tested their chemical make up as compaired to acutal seawater.
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I've been using IO since I started this hobby. Works for me.

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I've used mostly Instant Ocean for the past 15 years. Once in a while I'll buy another salt that's on sale but I've only seen a difference with one. Coralife made all the corals unhappy so I don't use it anymore.
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