Yeah, unfortunately, my LFS
tested my water too and said the same thing. Just check your Alkalinity REGULARLY because this mistake pretty much cost me everything alive in my tank. They just don't have tests for all the dissolved solids that can be in your water and cause harm.
The entire time this was happening THE ONLY TEST that was off was my ALK
. The rest were PERFECT. I'm told the salt should NOT be solid or excessively clumped indicating that it came into contact with moisture, which makes is 'go bad'. I'm told it will also mess with your tests and give you false results. The salt I was using was also Tropic Marin Pro Reef but I think the brand is fine; it's just what happens to it. Mine was given to me, (by my LFS
) probably because they knew it was no good and I didn't know any better.
Sometimes the LFS
is NOT your friend. I'm not sure if it is the added business or the reef envy that motivates but in my case they knew they were giving me bad stuff and trusting them cost me pretty much everything.
Trust yourself and do your own research. That's what I have learned from all of this.
Oh yeah, and beware LFS