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    Best brand of Salt

    Hello Everyone

    Trying to slowly but surely up my game in this hobby and I am wanting to start mixing my own salt. Any particular brand that is best for a mixed reef? I have had a couple of people mention Red Sea Coral Pro? Anyone have experience with this brand and if s, any pro's and con's you can share? Thank you in advance

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    Donít over think it. Historically there are probably more award winning tanks, private aquaculture facilities, and public aquariums that use instant ocean, which is one of the cheapest salts you can buy and has a fairly reliable and stable minor element profile.

    Red Sea coral pro is a good salt also. Your results will be marginal among different salt mixes to be honest. You definitely wonít have a tank that is twice as healthy if you switch from instant ocean to something that costs twice as much like Tropic Marin pro reef


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    Used to use Red Sea coral pro. Itís a good salt, little expensive compared to some others. I just noticed the levels at suggested salinity were higher than I liked to run my tank. To avoid swings I aim to match salt mix to what I run in my DT. I use fritz salt because itís closest to where I like to run my levels. It is also very affordable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tstew32 View Post
    Used to use Red Sea coral pro. It’s a good salt, little expensive compared to some others. I just noticed the levels at suggested salinity were higher than I liked to run my tank. To avoid swings I aim to match salt mix to what I run in my DT. I use fritz salt because it’s closest to where I like to run my levels. It is also very affordable.


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    +1 It's $40 for a 200gal box when it is on sale.

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    I was using instant ocean Reed Crystal's but having issues with my ph only. Was told to stop using the synthetic sea salts and changed to red sea coral pro. Have not had any issues after change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie-B View Post
    I was using instant ocean Reed Crystal's but having issues with my ph only. Was told to stop using the synthetic sea salts and changed to red sea coral pro. Have not had any issues after change.
    I was under the impression that all of our salts were more or less synthetic, red sea included.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie-B View Post
    I was using instant ocean Reed Crystal's but having issues with my ph only. Was told to stop using the synthetic sea salts and changed to red sea coral pro. Have not had any issues after change.
    Some of the most successful hobbyists do not even check or worry about pH. Get everything else right and you will be fine. Some of the most stunning sps tanks I have seen ran 7.8

    Did anything die or are you chasing numbers?

    I use whatever is best priced typically. Right now I have a couple buckets of fritz. Before, I had regular instant ocean. I am using it to QT my new fish now.

    Before that I had redsea, but you need to use it right away. a lot of stuff precipitates out.

    I have used reef crystals even before that. They were probably the easiest to use, but you can also just get regular instant ocean and get the levels right before you do the water change.

    Do not get hung up on it. Jason Fox does not monitor pH and uses regular instant ocean salt. It is a matter of personal preference. Just do something you can replicate. Consistancy matters most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody View Post
    I was under the impression that all of our salts were more or less synthetic, red sea included.
    According to red sea's website their salt is naturally harvested from the sea. 20180704_173247.jpg
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie-B View Post
    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.
    Interesting. In my SPS tank Iíve had ph get as low as 7.6 and as high as 9.5 (soda lime incident) and havenít lost a single specimen in years. Iíve gone through probably 3,000-4,000 gallons of either instant ocean or reef crystals and never once had any parameter related issue with either salt.


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