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Old 11-02-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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Whats the best salt mix????


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i have been in the hobby awhile and have tried a bunch of different salt mixes. i can really only say a few of them had an noticable difference but never really had a bad experiance with any of them. i currently am on red sea coral pro salt and seem fine. no problems, par all good so think its a good salt. i may just stick with this stuff unless someone can say a salt that is the best! is there any one salt out there that is by far the best? one that anyone thinks we all should use? one that has definite visual improvments. what do you guys think?
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:11 PM   #2
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hmmm you are going to get a lot of different answers with that question. I don't think there is one salt that is the best. Seems there are pros and cons to most of them. I prefer coralife because of the price and it mixes well.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:15 PM   #3
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it depends on what you want... and what is in you tank/equipment.

Because most commercially brand of salt are all very good (not to mention made in the same handful of factories by the same parent companies) the best salt is the cheapest tank IMO (if it is a major brand).
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I use Coral Pro also, and have great results. Only thing is with frequent water changes, my Magnesium seems to get really high, probablly because I am low on sps right now. One out of 4 WC's per month I use Reef Crystal, just to keep pars in check.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:16 PM   #5
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I use Coral Pro also, and have great results. Only thing is with frequent water changes, my Magnesium seems to get really high, probablly because I am low on sps right now. One out of 4 WC's per month I use Reef Crystal, just to keep pars in check.
Not that high levels are horrible
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:20 PM   #6
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I should add that if you are using an "elevated" Ca/Alk/MG salt (reef crystals and the like) and your coral demand is not using it, then you are just wasting money. Elevated component salts are meant to be similar to dosing but with a WC rather than with a daily two-part. If you do not know your Ca/Alk demand, then use a regular salt. Those with Ca Reactors do not need an elevated salt either.
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Check the facts and you be the judge.

http://www.aqua-medic.com/aquariumwa...lysis_0208.pdf
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Check the facts and you be the judge.

http://www.aqua-medic.com/aquariumwa...lysis_0208.pdf
Be very very careful about generalizing from a sample size of 2

The study can be used to get an idea but salt sample vary considerably. do not assume that the study is representative. So it kinda like predicting a presidential election by only asking two people. Not to say that the article is not somewhat useful but it is a major red-flag for anyone with a knowledge of statistics
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I agree, but it gives you an idea of whats really in the salt. Plus this was back in 2008.....im sure stuff has changed since then(like formulas). I know several people who switched to coralife salt because of this (me included) and have been happier since. I would like to see an updated version for sure, and im sure they limited it to 2 tests per salt to reduce costs (unfortunatly).
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:16 PM   #10
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:19 PM   #11
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seems like alot of people like corallife, should i switch to it from red sea coral pro? i have mainly sps in my tank and some lps if that helps
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I use Instant Ocean, its cheap, mixes well, and keeps my corals/fish happy

I have always wondered if the Petco and like salt brands are IO in another box...
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Whichever brand you go with in the end, the best advice is to buy in bulk. You will get salt mix TONS cheaper if you buy like a 200gal box instead of a 50gal bag. It's really worth it. IO Reef Crystals is a great salt mix as well but Coralife is my personal fav. I like the smell of it better. LOL!
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I just got a Petco Coupon for 25% off for IO salt mix, too bad they don't have the 200g box
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I just got a Petco Coupon for 25% off for IO salt mix, too bad they don't have the 200g box
online they do and free shipping if you get 2
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