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Old 05-15-2004, 12:45 PM   #1
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Which Salt is Best? Answer inside

Full article here:
http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2003-03/rs/feature/

My quick summary for those that don't want to read the article:

Crystal Sea Marinemix and Bio-Sea Marinemix are the best you can buy, and what you should be buying if you have invertebrates.

I hope this helps others, I just found this out myself.
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Old 05-15-2004, 01:00 PM   #2
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Hmm, let me guess who you work for........
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We, or at least most of us, have seen this comparison before. It just seems a wee bit bias on all counts. Show me a test done by a nuetral lab including all of the name brand salts with control and I'll show you which salt is the best. As always I believe this is a hobby of preference which is often attempted to be swayed by a cut-throat industry of manufacturers and retailers trying to convince everyone thier product is the best. Test for yourself and if you like the results stick with it!
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Old 05-15-2004, 01:26 PM   #4
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Crystal Sea Marinemix and Bio-Sea Marinemix are the best you can buy, and what you should be buying if you have invertebrates.
If you do a search on Reefcentral about CS salt you will find that It caused a MASS bleaching episode.. We are talking 400-500 people when they switched from IO to CS... Also CS is extremely low in Mg.. You are going to be spending more money in Mg supplements than you will be the salt... I have used CS salt 1 box.. No bleaching but I can say my corals didnt look like the do now... IMO Oceanic is the best salt you can get... I have used several brands of salt and nothing has made my tank look like this Oceanic does... That study only showed that you can hatch Urchin eggs in CS salt... I personally dont want to have 100's of urchins in my tank.. Although just about any Invert that has babies will loose just about all of them due to skimming/fish food... I would do a bit more reading about Crystal SEas salt before you decide on using it... Here is a 959 post thread on RC just about the bleaching alone.. CS bleaching

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Old 05-15-2004, 08:38 PM   #6
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IO...Because it is the only stuff I can find locally! 8)
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Found out today, my lfs just got in Oceanic. I just switched from IO to reef crystals on my last water change. Would switching again harm my fish at all. I mean that there will be 3 different salt mixes in my system.
I am in a battle with cyno, and part of it is to get a better salt mix.
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I actually did some more research on this. It seems people that switch back and forth may run into problems. Those that start with Instant Ocean should just stick with that. I've already started mine with Coralife. But the next tank I setup is going to be with Marinemix. Plus it makes sense, it has less metals and more closely matches natural sea water, which is what you'd want anyway, regardless of the brand or whether or not you believe the tests.

I also learned Instant Ocean, Coralife, and some others are all manufactured in the same facility anyway!!
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I also learned Instant Ocean, Coralife, and some others are all manufactured in the same facility anyway!!
No kidding, now thats interesting info. Thanks!!
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I don't know.


With his first posts like this, Sounds like he's just someone hired to go around and post this stuff.


Could be wrong, could just be eager I guess. But it sure is suspicious.
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