PDA

View Full Version : Salt. What do you use.


Finis
05/21/2016, 07:57 AM
So I am using instant ocean reef crystals right now. Been fine so far. Thinking of getting a different salt mix just to try the more "premium" stuff.

Curt2199
05/21/2016, 08:16 AM
I've used Kent Reef a lot and like it but honestly I've been using regular IO lately and it's been fine as well. My problem is keeping up with the tank with lack of time rather than what salt is used. Lol


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Dreed3043
05/21/2016, 05:03 PM
I've been using Seachem Reef Salt for about 3 years mostly just because it's cheaper than most others. I actually think it's the cheapest reef salt at Premium Aquatics. It's quite low in magnesium. Last I tested a batch I think it was in the 900's. Calcium is around 420 and I don't recall what the alkalinity is.

David MC Lee
05/21/2016, 09:20 PM
I have always used IO.

johnike
05/22/2016, 04:34 AM
Reef Crystals in one system, and IO in the other.

davehead86
05/22/2016, 12:25 PM
Instant Ocean now, Reef Crystals once I finally get the bucket empty. Making the change because of the switch over to a mix reef in my tank.

Greg 45
05/22/2016, 04:18 PM
Fritz RPM reef pro mix

Sun357
05/23/2016, 11:53 AM
Kent Reef salt currently.

mbemount
05/24/2016, 12:51 AM
Reef Crystals/IO.

llewoh05
05/31/2016, 02:17 PM
IO for the last 12 years.

Finis
06/01/2016, 07:46 AM
I was to petco or pet smart (can't remember) but got the 160g of IO salt for half off this last weekend. Couldn't pass it up.

syrinx
06/02/2016, 11:24 AM
IO or RC for all of my tanks. I have customers that buy their own salt that I use on their tanks-and really see little difference in the quality of tanks.

Aqua Man 07
06/02/2016, 09:03 PM
I use to use io but got tired of the brown film it left in my mixing can. I upgraded my mixing station to 2 100 gal vertical tanks and didn't want to have to buy a mop to clean them. So I have been useing fritz but will be switching over to red sea coral pro when the box runs out.

Flippers4pups
06/02/2016, 09:11 PM
Coralife here for years. Crazy coral growth and mixes clean, consistent.

ziggy2
06/21/2016, 12:47 PM
This may be silly, but is there really that much difference in the salts sold for aquarium use?

mbemount
06/21/2016, 03:23 PM
This may be silly, but is there really that much difference in the salts sold for aquarium use?

There are some pretty drastic differences in levels of different salts.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1714505

I prefer RC for my reef tank b/c of price and levels it gives me. However, the downside is my mixing container always has to be cleaned regularly b/c of the bonding agents (iirc-clay?) they use for it which makes the container pretty nasty.

Finis
06/25/2016, 01:02 AM
I bought some red sea pro to try it out. As far as the brown film from RC, i have never gotten this.

davehead86
06/25/2016, 07:26 PM
This may be silly, but is there really that much difference in the salts sold for aquarium use?

Huge differences. The levels of calcium magnesium etc are pretty substantial. Its different for everyones system so its best to try a few different ones out till you find something you like.

Now for fish only systems, just get some good ole cheap salt from anywhere. No big differences there.

davehead86
06/25/2016, 07:27 PM
I bought some red sea pro to try it out. As far as the brown film from RC, i have never gotten this.

Tell me how you like it. I have IO right now and left it in the brute too long. It smells super sweet now (probably has gone off). So yeah gotta dump like 5 gallons of salt mixed water.

ct_vol
06/26/2016, 06:45 PM
I'm currently using IO or Kent. I've had the brown residue from RC, but no ill effects.

lokmar
07/16/2016, 10:50 PM
I've been using Red Sea Coral Pro for about a year. The batch I checked tonight had close to the advertised amounts of ca and mg at 420 and 1200. I'd rather start with something close so I dont have to dose soo much ca and mg to get the readings where I want them.

RynoParsons
07/17/2016, 01:32 AM
actually started using aquamedic salt. not bad at all and cheap

j_mazzy
07/17/2016, 02:02 AM
What salt us closest to seawater alk?

lokmar
07/23/2016, 10:02 PM
What salt us closest to seawater alk?

I think they all get pretty close to alk but the dkh/hardness varies as well as the calcium and magnesium. The Red Sea has a higher then normal hardness but it only becomes an issue in my tank if I change 1/4 or more of the tank volume. The dkh value drops steadily in my tank and the water changes with the red sea keeps the dkh in check.