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What salt do you use?....and why?   43 members have voted

  1. 1. What salt do you use?

    • Reef Crystals/Instant Ocean
      32
    • Red Sea
      5
    • Kent Marine
      2
    • Other
      4

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Same, if it ain't broke don't fix it. And it's the only salt readily available near me in a pinch. 

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I used to use red sea but its getting harder to find here..my lfs guy suggested kent marine..what a difference, clearer water, more coraline, stabil ph..the one problem is my calcium is really high 620ppm and im not sure what to do to get it down.

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I started dosing Kent marine superbuffer-dkh a few days ago..but will that lower my calcium..and correction, i just tested my calcium and its at 680ppm not 620

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I started dosing Kent marine superbuffer-dkh a few days ago..but will that lower my calcium..and correction, i just tested my calcium and its at 680ppm not 620

I use that.


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Wow I guess I should test my water today it's such a pain !!!!!


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43 minutes ago, Clint526 said:


I use that.


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Its good stuff..my ph used to swing between 7.0 and 8.5..after a few days of using it, it balaced out to 8.0

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My ph is low from the start so I add a tsp to every 5 gallon water change bucket.


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I think one of your tests is bogus. You should be seeing precipitation if it were that high and it will usually crash your ph once the precipitation starts. 

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4 hours ago, Muttley000 said:

I think one of your tests is bogus. You should be seeing precipitation if it were that high and it will usually crash your ph once the precipitation starts. 

Hhmmm...well maybe a new test kit is in order..ill take some samples to my lfs guy and get a proper full test cause, your u maybe right again...ouch that hurt..then order a new test kit cause something doesnt make sense since i changed salts.

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I started using the Aquaforest products. I started with the reef salt, and recently transitioned into the probiotic just to see if there was a significant difference. What I have notice so far with the probiotic is that you use much more salt mix to reach 1.026, but cannot comment on it further because I have only been using it for two weeks. With the reef salt I was using 2.25 lbs of salt per 10 gallons, and with the probiotic I am using 3.25 lbs to get to 1.026. 

I love that it mixes in less than 15 minutes, and the parameters are super consistent per batch. I am not super heavy on SPS, so I will probably just go back to the reef salt after this. 

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7 hours ago, cheap reefer said:

Hhmmm...well maybe a new test kit is in order..ill take some samples to my lfs guy and get a proper full test cause, your u maybe right again...ouch that hurt..then order a new test kit cause something doesnt make sense since i changed salts.

Cool, eager to see how they come out.  I'm always up for being wrong and learning something from it!

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5 hours ago, crimsonvice said:

I started using the Aquaforest products. I started with the reef salt, and recently transitioned into the probiotic just to see if there was a significant difference. What I have notice so far with the probiotic is that you use much more salt mix to reach 1.026, but cannot comment on it further because I have only been using it for two weeks. With the reef salt I was using 2.25 lbs of salt per 10 gallons, and with the probiotic I am using 3.25 lbs to get to 1.026. 

I love that it mixes in less than 15 minutes, and the parameters are super consistent per batch. I am not super heavy on SPS, so I will probably just go back to the reef salt after this. 

That's amazing and interesting!  I am curious what is in the extra pound?  Seems like 99% of that would have to be moisture.  I wonder if that is to keep the probiotics good or something along those lines.

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18 minutes ago, Jesse said:

kind of surprised Reef Crystals are winning here.

Me too, as much as they are bashed, many seem to be using it!

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1 hour ago, Jesse said:

kind of surprised Reef Crystals are winning here.

Wow..me too...i cant believe im the only one that uses kent marine..i reallt like it and its the same price as reef Crystal.

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