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Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by deadmeat2016, 26 May 2010.

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    I have always stayed away from the super expensive salts like reef crystals and instant ocean, my question is, does anyone use these salts and are they worth the price because at the end of the day, salt is salt right? they might have more calcium and Mg or whatever in but is it really worth the price??? :whistling:
     
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    I had the same theory in the begining, the salt makes a difference in the 70 trace elements which is provided is proportioned more correctly to achieve optimum parameters. The tank won't specifically be ill because of what you do, but you may over time find yourself dosing more of various products to compensate for the losses which the WC is not accomplishing because of the cheaper salts not containing enough key products.
     
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    Some of the cheaper brands also doesn't make the specified litres at a salinity of 1.025. So you'll need more salt to get the correct SG were you could've bought the better quality, more expensive brand in the first place.
     
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    When I hear the word trace elements I could shit my pants!

    Really what trace elements & at what % are the found in the water? every bit of food & or anything else put in the tank has trace elements. Nothing we dose is 100% pure chemicals.

    if you can't measure it how important is it? Again a great selling point why my salt is better then yours!

    Oh & I am not saying all salt is made equal but don't buy it because it's got better trace elements. buy it because it's got better stuff you can measure!
     
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    what really troubles me is, even though the price is like 5 times that of cheaper salt( I use 'taam real ocean synthetic sea salt' ironic name, taam is the same company as seio right?) they sometimes tell u what is in the salt but not how much, has anyone ever come across 'AKWA' marine salt? they tell you exactly the concentrations and composition of the salt and i mean exactly in ppm and ppb, its also a cheaper salt. what salt does everyone use?? any salts we should stay away from??
     
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    table & or braai salt :razz:
     
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    Try stay away from pool salt too, aparently it makes your fish stop blinking and they swim sideways ;)
     
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    Has there not been a poll done with regards to who uses what salt?
     
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    im not sure but i think it would be a good idea, im not a masa expert so i dunno how you would do a poll
     
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    Buy a decent brand people,cheap salts have po4 and no3 in their concentrations.
     
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    thats a fair enough point but my taam salt(i also check) after mixing i do a phosphate and nitrate test and its clean, however i dont have a nitrite or ammonia test kit, i do have some algae growth and i might just try a more expensive brand next time, what does everyone reccommend??
     
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    Tropic Marin Bio-Actif(spelling on the box lol)or Instant ocean.
     
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    Aqua medic. Best salt I have used. Best polyp extension. Just a warning to people using tropic marine pro reef, It is designed for systems running a calcium reactor.
     
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    I am quite sure we had a poll fairly recently for the makes of salt everyone was using. We use Seachem Reef Salt and are very happy with it. I suppose it's what works for you.
     
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    Why would you say one should run a calcium reactor with tropic marin salt?
     
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    This is my recomendaton, each to their own style though
     
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    Well I needed a new box / bucket last week.

    "Very Good" salt for about R1250. And it does make 600L at 1.025. Whoopie.
    "Good" salt for R750 (Aqua Medic)

    So even if the "good" salt only make 550L. It is still a bargain.

    Well with the "Very Good" salt I do get a black bucket extra. Where the AquaMedic is in a box. But damn, that is an expensive bucket...
     
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    It is designed to have a low calcium and kh value when mixed.
     
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    The bucket isn't worth it if you have been around for a while, but if you are still fiuring things out, I reckon the bucket is so worth it. I got a bucket of salt when I first started and I use that bucket all over the place - it is like almost the most used item in my arsenol :p

    If I was to have 2 of them, well,now that would be a complete waste because what am I going to do with 2 buckets when there is 1 of me working on the tank at a time;)...I go for the box personaly - but that is just me. I have found that if I stick to the same thing and don't change things too much in my system and allow the corals and fish to aclimatise to their local parameters and surroundings, everything seems to just do a great deal better. If you fiddle too much, then things stay all out of whack and nothing gets to settle down properly.
     
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