Sea water or synthetic

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  1. johanvanpe

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    Hi

    Need advice, wich is the best to use natural sea water or boxed water?
     
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    Both are fine, but if you have an area where you can collect unpolluted sea water then i would go for that.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    As Alan mentioned. I've been using NSW on my systems for years with success. My SPS appear to thrive in it. Should the ocean be dirty, then i swop over to synthetic.
     
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    Johan, I use NSW and don't have many problems. Flat Rocks is a good place to collect water in PE, the water there is generally clean although it is better when the wind is not blowing.
     
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    Natural sea water will laways be better than even the best synthetic salt, there will be so much more in it, but as the guys have said, be very careful when collecting, you could end up with a poluted tank.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Another thing that makes NSW good is that it contains Plankton. Excellent food for filterfeeders including SPS :)
     
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    NSW can also contain BAD things that you don't want ;)
     
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    Thats why you should read Alan's post ;)
     
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    Not talking about polluted water, you reckon the oceans are only filled with harmless fun loving plankton ;)
     
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    Please elaborate. :)
     
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    The same way NSW has beneficial planktons it also can have parasites, flukes, and unwanted fish larvae.

    Most of the time it is cool, but some of the hardcore reefers won't take the chance, synthetic makes them the "GOD" of their systems, with total control. :)
     
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    But thats the same risk we take when adding live rock/sand to our systems, granted the rock and sand is not added on a weekly (OK sometimes I'm lazy, fortnightly) basis.
     
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    Too true, I have been caned by live rock's little surprises :whistling:
     
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    Ok, get what you saying. But in the last +- 15 years of using NSW i've ha no issues with it.
    Just once (my fault) i collected water from where there was a storm water outlet.
     
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    Same with synthetic :whistling:
     
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    This topic of NSW Vs Synthetic has been going on for as long as i can remember (On many forums aswell as face to face) .There was never a conclusion. It's the individual's choice at the end of the day.
     
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    You 100% correct Mekaeel!
     
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    I'm just glad that I have access to NSW and dont have to spend a lot of money on synthetic salt. If you have access then I would suggest using NSW:)
     
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