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CCXGT 10-26-2014 06:34 AM

Red Sea or Instant Ocean?
 
What's the preferred salt mix for you experienced reefers?

A lot of people recommend IORC but I've read that people have residual issues with it.

I know BRS uses Red Sea Coral Pro and they seem to love it, it is also cheaper than IO.


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anibal24 10-26-2014 10:26 AM

Red sea it's better

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bribo12 10-26-2014 10:50 AM

Neither is better than the other IMO and I've used both. I've never had the residue issue with either but I've heard that before. Reef crystals is a little higher alk but Red Sea seems to mix out with a higher calcium level.


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Mattyfelts 10-26-2014 10:51 AM

never had problems with reef crystals, IMO it doesnt really matter to much as long as its a good brand reef salt.

CCXGT 10-26-2014 01:09 PM

Well.. I went with Red Sea for now.
Purely because I prefer the look of the bucket :-P


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jjh302 10-28-2014 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by CCXGT (Post 3075464)
Well.. I went with Red Sea for now.
Purely because I prefer the look of the bucket :-P


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I just switched from reef crystals to Red Sea only because I couldn't find a big box...and I like the bucket. Lol


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Mebbid 10-28-2014 12:14 PM

Good to know what really matters :D

CCXGT 10-28-2014 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Mebbid (Post 3077057)
Good to know what really matters :D


Yeah well... Got to focus on the important stuff foremost...


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Sniperhank 10-28-2014 04:04 PM

I've used several salts. Each has a pro that the others don't. So far, I like Kent the best of all that I've used, over IO, IO Reef Crystals, Red Sea Coral Pro...At some point I'd like to try out Oceanic, or something like that, as I've heard great things about it.

CCXGT 10-28-2014 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Sniperhank (Post 3077202)
I've used several salts. Each has a pro that the others don't. So far, I like Kent the best of all that I've used, over IO, IO Reef Crystals, Red Sea Coral Pro...At some point I'd like to try out Oceanic, or something like that, as I've heard great things about it.


Fair enough, I think you get most for your money with Red Sea though.
This is all I need for now as a beginner.


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CCXGT 10-28-2014 07:43 PM

I've just been reading the dosage recommendations on the Red Sea bucket.

They're saying 36g/litre (1.5lb/US gal).

Am I right in assuming that this is some sort of minimum?
Like if you dose exactly this amount it'll end up giving you a little bit of leeway?


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Mattyfelts 10-28-2014 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by CCXGT (Post 3077393)
I've just been reading the dosage recommendations on the Red Sea bucket.

They're saying 36g/litre (1.5lb/US gal).

Am I right in assuming that this is some sort of minimum?
Like if you dose exactly this amount it'll end up giving you a little bit of leeway?


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alot of salts say put x into the water and the outcome will be a salinity of y.

if it doesnt, put that much in, mix it, and test it, then adjust dependent [ salinity to low --> add more salt | salinity to high --> add more rodi. ]

CCXGT 10-28-2014 09:04 PM

I've also just realised that what I thought my '5G' jugs were are actually 6.6G jugs.

25l is 5.5uk/gal and 6.6us/gal...

Hmm.. No wonder my calculations were coming up pear-shaped.


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CCXGT 10-29-2014 04:26 PM

Okay so Red Sea recommends a s.g of 1.023 for soft/LPS (which I will be keeping).
But multiple other people recommend 1.025.

Is there a reason for this?


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Mebbid 10-29-2014 04:28 PM

Nope. 1.025 is just the standard level at which we keep our tanks.

The higher salinity level helps keep the levels of elements in the water slightly higher.

bribo12 10-29-2014 05:18 PM

The ocean is at 1.025-1.026. That's where I'd shoot to keep it for all marine life


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Ingy 11-01-2014 02:41 AM

Just to be specific, the ocean where we get our fish and corals from is around 1.025-1.026. Where I live it's much lower , around 31-32 ppt or 1.023.
Warmer climates=more evap=higher salinity.


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CCXGT 11-01-2014 05:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Ingy (Post 3079900)
Just to be specific, the ocean where we get our fish and corals from is around 1.025-1.026. Where I live it's much lower , around 31-32 ppt or 1.023.
Warmer climates=more evap=higher salinity.


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So are you saying it makes no difference or it makes a lot of difference?


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BigRedsReefs10 11-01-2014 10:24 AM

Anything from 1.023 -.026 is fine IMO. I run my salinity at 1.025 with rscp in my softy dominated 10 with no problems, and honestly the only reason is because most coral sellers run that salinity and it makes acclimating coral easier.

CCXGT 11-01-2014 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by BigRedsReefs10 (Post 3079978)
Anything from 1.023 -.026 is fine IMO. I run my salinity at 1.025 with rscp in my softy dominated 10 with no problems, and honestly the only reason is because most coral sellers run that salinity and it makes acclimating coral easier.


Ah... Never thought of that...

Is it possible to just run a lower salinity until I plan on getting coral?
And then bump it up?
Just to save salt.


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