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Old 08-30-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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Anyone use coralife sea salt?


I've been using instant ocean sea salt for a while now, and i've always gotten a pH reading of 8.3-8.4 without a buffer. I want to give coralife a try, and does it work well? Does it affect pH,alk,etc. without buffers, compared to other sea salts? what are your opinions on it, and if possible, give me your latest test results for your pH, etc with this salt?
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:46 PM   #2
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:00 PM   #3
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I just did a W/C in my tank with coral life sea salt and I was not happy with the results. my PH dropped a little 7.9 from 8.1 or 8.2

that being said I have a client that I mixed 250 gallons of water using coral life and the PH was 8.2 when I tested today and 8.1 when it was mixed on friday.

my corals look good after the w/c in my tank. my clients tank is new and just cycling.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:14 PM   #4
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Coralife has tested to be a very consistent salt with balanced Ca/Mg/alk. Considering that it costs as much as the Ca/Mg depleted Instant Ocean but has levels on the Seachem Reefsalt readings, it is a good buy.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:36 PM   #5
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+1, its what i use
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When I made salt water it was good.
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Old 08-31-2010, 11:57 AM   #7
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I actually really like seachem reef salt, but only if you order it online, my LFS stocks it at double the price.
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I actually really like seachem reef salt, but only if you order it online, my LFS stocks it at double the price.

That sucks, what is the Atl asking for Reefsalt? Around here it is $23.00 (bag) and $54.99 (bucket)... it is higher than online but that is before shipping. At marine depot... the bags are $14.99 but then they tag on $12 for shipping...uggg. Coralife is about $19.99 per bag and so the $4 difference is ok, I like Reefsalt (RS) better. I have even picked up IO for $33 per 200g box depending when salt goes on sale... which is the trick... it is better to buy in bulk at sale prices when one can.
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Well thats not the question,of corse there is better like Marine Tropic.but the question was about Coralife and it's not bad.
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Have not heard about Marine Tropic?

Coralife and Reefsalt are about equal in my book and that says a lot. If RS was much more expensive, then I would go with Coralife more. Still, Coralife beats the pants of IO on most days, as well as reef crystals. Heck, I like Coralife over the high-end brands like brightwell, salinity (seachem), and tropic marin. Even some commercial lobster-salts are pretty good. But to each their own...
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:27 PM   #11
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ok, thx. I might try the coralife, but i'm still looking around online looking for a good salt mix. What about Instant ocean reef salt? Anyone use that? I've heard some negative things about that too, that calcium and stuff are lower than normal. So, what are your opinions on it? Is pH consistent at around 8.3-8.4? and other parameters too?
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Since you are looking around online for salt info, have you stumbled onto this yet?
http://www.aquariumwatertesting.com/...lysis_0208.pdf
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thanks, jardinop. That was pretty useful. I'm kind of debating whether to stay with instant ocean, switch to reef crystals or coralife. which do you think. I would sort of like to give reef crystals a try though
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Coralife is what I use. Reef Crystals isn't worth the few extra dollars in my opinion. If you look at the AWT results, regular Instant Ocean has better levels than Reef Crystals.
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