Sorry Hoops, I just re-read my first post and the reason I switched is clear as mud
Since starting this tank a year ago, I have had balance problems with newly mixed salt, as well as a low PH
. I have been able to successfully correct the balance issues (low CA
and very high ALK
) with the use of calcium chloride, about 1/2 teaspoon of Turbo Calcium per 5 gallon bucket of newly mixed SW
. I was pretty tired of having to do this. I have read enough of the same problems on the net to know I am not the only one experiencing these problems with IO (so either there is some quality control problems or we are all doing the same thing wrong), however, the vast majority of experience with IO is good. I had actually bought the Tropic Marin, at the same time I bought the Mg
kit, so the switch had nothing to do with the high Mg
levels, but when I saw the results, it did make me wonder why the levels would be so high.
Since switching salts, my CA
levels are in balance and the Mg
is coming down to a natural level.