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    Instant ocean needs to be aerated and gas off preferably overnight before use. It will have low pH at first. Redsea should be used as soon as you mix it or it precipitates. I think you just used it too soon. Do you remember how long after you mixed it that it was used? For the instant ocean salt.
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    I guess you can say I was changing numbers. Was always taught to check ph. All parameters were good except ph was not where I wanted it. Started discussing it with a more experienced reefer who recommended to get away from Synthetic salts. He recommended the red sea. I changed salts and am happy now. I used my reef Crystal's for my copper quartine tank during ick. Was checking ammonia only in qt tank. While at work my wife called me freaking out saying all the fish are dying and floating around. When I got home ammonia was low. Checked ph and it was super low "dont remember the #". Added soda ash to raise ph and all fish made it. Might have had a bad batch, but it went in the trash. I had been doing water changes once a week in qt tank and assuming ph was good. All fish are back in dt and doing great. I was not saying red sea was the only salt to use just sharing my experience.
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    I used to mix my instant ocean with a pump for at least two days. That's one thing I had to get used to with the red sea was mixing and using it hours after mixing. The mix that was in my qt was mixed for at least two days. It had been in the tank for 4-5 days. That was the last bag of a case and I have had it for some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie-B View Post
    I used to mix my instant ocean with a pump for at least two days. That's one thing I had to get used to with the red sea was mixing and using it hours after mixing. The mix that was in my qt was mixed for at least two days. It had been in the tank for 4-5 days. That was the last bag of a case and I have had it for some time.
    Also interesting. Iíve only ever mixed my IO for 20-30 minutes and used immediately


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    They warn you to wait or aerate it well. Red Sea I always used 30 min after mixing. IO I usually used it the next day unless it was a small change. 10 or even 20% is probably fine.
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    Also interesting. Iíve only ever mixed my IO for 20-30 minutes and used immediately


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    I have done anything from five minutes to thirty days for changing instant ocean salt water. Never saw a hitch either way in sps tanks.
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    I don't believe the ph is of consequence of any conventional salt mix. The ph problem that Ronnie is having is more than likely to do with his day to day air exchange instead of his salt mix.

    Ph fluctuates throughout the day. If you're diligent then you do multiple water changes per week. That still won't effect you ph so much.
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    I noticed mine had more to do with gas exchange when it was low. CO2 reactor will lower it too. Mine went from 8.2 to 7.8 back when I had a reactor on it.
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    I don't believe the ph is of consequence of any conventional salt mix. The ph problem that Ronnie is having is more than likely to do with his day to day air exchange instead of his salt mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reefling View Post
    I noticed mine had more to do with gas exchange when it was low. CO2 reactor will lower it too. Mine went from 8.2 to 7.8 back when I had a reactor on it.

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    Ph can change by the hour. Unless Ronnie is doing continual water changes 24/7, the salt mix is of no consequence.
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    Glad to see you have gone with a better likeness on your pick. Cody
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    Iíve used IO (regular), Reef Crystals, and Red Sea Coral Pro in the past with no issues.

    A lot of people seem to like Fritz.

    This time around iíd like to use something that is as close to the ocean as I can find.

    Does anybody have a suggestion?
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