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Old 08-05-2003, 11:51 PM   #21
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Youve got to be kidding me. I have a 250gal bucket of IO sitting here waiting for me to open it when i run out of my Red Sea garbage, (next water change, and thats tomorrow) and now, IO is slacking. If your test results are so bad, what salts are you going to switch to? I need to make a dicision ASAP so I would like to know what happent to the quality of IO.
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Old 08-06-2003, 06:56 AM   #22
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I don't know what happened to IO, but I think it is becoming more and more regular to see inconsistant results with IO. I'm sure there are many that if testing would find their bag/bucket of IO to be well within normal parameters, but I have used 3 bags of IO over the last year that I have been back in the hobby, and every one has tested low in CA and high in ALK, to the extent that it has become common place for me to add calcium chloride to the new SW, to raise CA and deplete the alk. I have no idea what the Mg was, prior to getting my test kit on Mon. About 5-6 years ago when I worked for an LFS, we tested several bags of IO, the CA always came out between 370 and 400 ppm,, the alk always measured in at 3.5-4.0 meq/L and the Mg always measured between 900 and 1200 ppm. It was a very consistant salt. I suppose that with the boom of the SW industry over that time period, quality control is not what it used to be

FWIW, I have switched to Tropic Marin, when I had my reef several years ago I used Reef Cystals (although this is made by the same people that make IO) and never had problems, and I have heard nothing but good things about Kent Salt.
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Old 08-07-2003, 07:18 AM   #23
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For anyone following this thread...I posted my Wierd science thread on another forum as well as this one, and have had some interesting info posted. The link is >>here<<, if you'd like to read it. Might put some of the IO users minds at rest. If you have any questions about the links posted, feel free to post them here and if I can't answer them (quite likely) I'll post them over there and Boomer should answer them

I have not read the links posted yet, no time this morning, but plan to this afternoon.
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Old 08-07-2003, 10:31 AM   #24
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I noticed one of the links that boomer gave was a rather extensive salt analysis done back in 1999.

This reminded me of a new project that was collecting funds back in March to do a simular set of tests on salt mix's now 4 years later to see if the results obtained back in 1999 are still accurate.

http://reefs.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=27367

Above is a link that will take you to the topic that talks about this new project that appears to be partially still in the fund rasing stage.
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Old 08-07-2003, 10:40 AM   #25
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Now im suffering from information overload. I basically have 3 choices:

1. Open and use the IO salts keeping an eye on my levels and supplimeting if I find anything lacking.

2. Open and test the salts, where as if i find that the levels are unacceptable, i cannot return the container so i will have to use it anyway, there is no way i am dumping a 200gal bucket of salts.

3. See if the company i bought the bucket from will take it back, wich is doubtfull because i purchased it from an online warehouse over a month ago, and use a different manufacturers salts.

I think that i will just use the salts as is, and keep a close eye on things. I have a 1 55gal and 1 10 gal tank so that 200gal bucket of IO will last me a considerable amount of time.
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Old 08-09-2003, 07:19 PM   #26
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Kevin,

What are you using for calcium chloride?
Are you buying lab grade or some aquarium specific commercial product?

I have not tested Mg yet. I need to get a test kit.
Anyone have recommendations on brands to use?
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What are you using for calcium chloride?
Are you buying lab grade or some aquarium specific commercial product?
I use turbo Calcium by Kent (it is a dry form of calcium chloride), I use it cause I had it, when it runs out, I will probably buy some liquid calcium (kents), and keep in on hand, just in case.

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The Seachem kit I have is pretty easy to use and tests accurate according to the reference. I would also recommend a Salifert kit.
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I like my sailfert mag kit.
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Well, i cracked open the bucket of IO and started using it this week. Ill let you know how it goes. I can tell you that i do like the fact the is disolves quickly with very no setteling on the bottom of the bucket.
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Help me clear up some confusion I have on the subject. From everything presented, am I missing where the high levels of mg being detrimental to livestock. Is the concern over these levels and the potential damage it may cause, the quality control mentioned above in regards to CA and ALK levels, or something else that you have switched to Tropic Marin?
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