reef salt

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  1. shaunn

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    Hi all

    Is there a why to introduce the new brand of salt ?

    Or can u just change to the new brand ?
     
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  3. Wes

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    water changes, why you changing?
     
  4. shaunn

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    redsea is expensive compered to Seachem and H20
     
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    same water specs in terms of Ca and Mg?
     
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    Aquaria coral reef salt is good hear they have it on special
    gonna get some friday an try it out heard its great
     
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    i don't know thats what i need to check
     
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    Aquaria is a bit far from me
     
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    pm them they can send u to a dealer new buy
    it 10 kg @ R 299.oo
     
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    Guys none of u are answering my question can u introduce a new brand of salt, or do u need to mix it with the old salt and slowly introduce it ?
     
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    chuck it in, just make sure the hydrometer reads the same level on the new as in the old at the exact same temp, you should be safe.
     
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    from lfs to your tank, similar but different...
     
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    Hi shaunn, you well?
    When i changed my salt in my previous tank, i switched directly to the new salt, but did smaller waterchanges more often.

    So basically, do half the water volume twice as often for a couple of weeks. This will prevent a sudden shock to the tank.
     
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    thx man
     
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    Pleasure...
    I agree with your change of salts... The seachem & h2o salts are really good & much better priced for what you get...

    Ive even gone the extra length... I changed over to aquavitro salinity (also from seachem), & its the best decision ive ever made in my tank!!!

    If i mix it to 1.025 SG, it works out on R1.30 per litre! & at the quality of the salt, i would happily pay even R2.00/l!!!
     
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    The price of the various salt mixes is relevant to what is in the salt mix. Just like an engagement ring. Some have big diamonds and rubies and are made of gold, others are not so extravagant. Bad analogy for reef salt but you get the point that you pay for what is in the salt, be it "chemicals" or research.

    Various brands of salt cater for different segments of the market and have different agendas. Some want large volume turnover and manufacture with price in mind, others want to sell additives and manufacture accordingly, others want to be the best and manufacture accordingly, others just want a product to compete and get a slice of the cake.

    The point i am getting at is, one needs to understand the various brands makeup before comparing. A lot of the brands of salts are made in the same factories with different makeup specified. These brands choose to maximise other products they sell be it additives or equipment.

    If you are doing 25-30% water changes per month on a cheep salt and adding additives, maybe that salt is not a cheep as thought.

    All i am saying is look at what the brand is offering. Look at the additive costs. Look at the results of the aquarium. And look at the long term success of others using the various brands. As MR Saltwater says, "Know your tank personality"

    With regards to changing brands of salt. Be careful. Some brands will give issues when mixed with others. This is due to the different ways KH is added to various brands.
     
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    thx Keith
     
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    I agree with that keith, at the end of the day, the additives start taking its toll on your tanks budget. (especially if your buying branded products)
    Out of my own experience, ive learned to buy the highest quality product in bulk (not nessesarily the most expensive) which later on saves me massive amounts on additives. (i buy a whole years stock at a time)

    I think the main thing is to research all the brands, consider all advantages/disadvantages for each (& take into consideration the future additions/changes in your tank) & make a decision accordingly!!!
     
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    I buy a premium salt and do smal water changes like 5% weekly as to not affect the parameters too much. I find that its way better than red sea reef salt that I used to use. I see more of an effect doing small water changes with a good salt opposed to bigger water changes with a cheap salt
     
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    some people have expereinced cyano outbreaks due to swapping salt brands, especially if you go from a ballanced salt with correct additives to one of lesser quality.
     
  21. shaunn

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    what is ur premium salt ??
    @Tremayn
     
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