Marine Salt?????

Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by Tiger eye, 10 Apr 2012.

  1. Tiger eye

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    Hi guys I cant find threds about difrent salts and I was wondering witch salts is better for certain aplications for exampel: FOWLR or SPS Reef or LPS or Softies. In my experience its not always the most expencive item that is the best for a specific job. And the sales pitch in the store is always "the more expensive, the better) but alot of us don't have the cash to just go out and buy the "best" and most expencive.

    Can some of you shere some of your opinions and experiences?

    I am not looking to step on some bodys toes but I know this will also help alot of beginners.
     
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  3. belindamotion

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    Many use the Seachem Reef Salt...that is basically an excellent Salt..especially if you have SPS..to the best of my knowledge...there is a few others...I personally use Brightwell NEO-Marine Salt and wouldn't change that for the world...:)

    PS:...found some Salt Links...
    What Salt do you use ? - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    DD salt - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    Red Sea Coral Pro Salt - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    Red Sea Salt - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    Instant Ocean Salt - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
     
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  4. raytone

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    Even me i would recommend BRIGHTWELL NEO MARINE SALT as i've been using it since i started my tank and it's not that expensive
     
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    @raytone what type of setup do you have?
     
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    A 4ft tank with softies and lps but no sps at the moment. That will come later as my tank is still young.
     
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    I know it is expensive but with expensive corals and coral health I would go for britghtwell or aquavitrom
    I personally like aquavitro due to the fact that for an example the normally take out of the whole production one bucket and test it and then put the label on. With aquavitro they test each bucket idividually and stick the sticker on and if you have problems you can send them the bucket number and they can then trace to see if that bucket had a proble and if so they can replace it and see the whole batch and recall it.
     
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    I have been using the Microbe-Lift Salt with no bad effects.
    Softies,LPS and SPS
     
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    you get seachem marine salt which is cool for fish only, then you get seachem reefsalt which is cool for reef tanks, softies/lps/sps ... With better salts like KZ and seachem salinity they are best for sps tanks as these salts are at NSW parameters and when you do a water change you dont want big changes in parameters.

    also a nice salt is red sea reef pro (or whatever its called) thats best for lps and sofies. All the parameters are high so when you do a WC you replenish quite a bit. Wouldnt recommend for sps though
     
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    @Tremayn, so what would you recommend for a mixed reef with SPS, LPS and softies?
     
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    Using Microbe-Lift Salt, very happy, LPS dominated tank.
     
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    Softy dominated system, few LPS

    using Aqua Medic salt. Those blue boxes. Available at Idol Marine.

    They are not the best salt out there - I've been told, but for R700, it is of the cheapest options. Only thing is you do not get a bucket. But for the price difference of 300 plus, that is one hell of an expensive bucket.

    Shipping boxes VS buckets. Must be able to get a lot more boxes into a container compared to buckets. Less packing space for same weight.

    Anyway, been using that salt for the last 2 years. Only thing I can find fault with is that I have a low KH reading. Resulting in PH move during a 24 hour cycle. But my tank does not show any issues and the kalk stirrer reactor helps.
     
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    I have a lot of zoas, one LPS and 6 or so SPS.

    Been using Red Sea Coral Pro for more than a year and im happy with it. Also not that expensive at around R750 a bucket
     
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    I've been using red sea coral pro for almost a year in my nano that has LPS, SPS and an anemone.
    It mixes easily and creates very good mag, cal and alk levels.
    Not badly priced as it was R700 a bucket when I bought one a week back.
     
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    @brentch I think the most important thing since you are keeping sps is to look at what the general parameters are of different salts and then compare which one matches your tanks parameters the best.

    I think only sea chem salinity tests the parameters of each bucket of salt and then displays the results on the bucket.

    Say for example if your tank is at alk-8 ca-420 then you will want a salt that comes close to that eg alk of 8.3. Red sea coral pro has a high alk of around 10-11 so when you do a water change with that then your alk will fluctuate quite a bit and remember with sps you want to keep your parameters as stable as possible :)

    As long as you use a decent salt that matches your parameters as close as possible then you will be good..

    Personally I use KZ salt as its a bit cheaper than salinity and I keep my parameters at NSW level.
     
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    Is no-one using Tropic Marin Pro Reef?
     
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    Besides the cost factor bear in mind this salt is best used in conjunction with a calcium reactor .....
     
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