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Old 05-25-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
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Difference in salt

I'm going to be setting up a salt water tank soon and will be mixing my own salt water. I saw PetSmart has a version of salt that's a little less expensive than the instant ocean and was wondering if anyone has any experience with it
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:33 AM   #2
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I dont know what brand that is, but imo paying a little extra for a quality, very popular brand is the better choice. If you're doing reef, reef crystals, red sea, kent marine, etc. make great salt w/ the essential elements for corals/inverts.
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:13 AM   #3
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Yeah normally the better known salts are better. They tend to have more/better of the minerals added, that the tank/fish require.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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What about instant ocean? I've heard that one is good? I'm not going to do reef.
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Instant Ocean salt is a good salt. I used it for some time without problems. It will be great for a fish only system.
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I also use instant ocean and my tank is doing great with it. I would personally recommend it.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:29 AM   #7
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Now I have another question. Can I use distilled water like ozarka or other bottled waters? I'm worried about buying my water from my local stores and somehow getting hydroids.
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I wouldn't use bottled water as its bottled from source there could be anything in it, and also if its in the store for a while sat in the sun it could also encourage Bactria growth. Some bottled water also have additives added to them ski would use RO water cause that's just h2o and that's all you want (salt also of course). 😉
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My ro/di is currently down until I move to a new house. Until then, I use distilled water from giant eagle or wal mart that comes in gallon jugs. Works great. What was said above was true, you want to avoid drinking waters since we add things into them that make us like how it tastes or benefits us in some way.
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As far as salt mix they all have their pros and cons. There IMO is not a better than all salt mix. I use Oceanic but IO is a good brand also to use. As far as water I used distilled water for seven years. I now use a RO/DI unit. I`ve heard the RO water units at walmart provide decent water. It will be ok for a fish only tank.
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