what salt to use ?

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  1. Antonio

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    Hi everyone
    I was just wondering what is the best salt to use,I am currently using salinity from aquavitro and I am not happy with it because my MG,CA and Alk levels are always low and I don't see why I should pay R1800 and then still struggle with low parameters.
     
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    Best salt is not the most expensive salt. It depends on your requirements.
    Depends on what corals you got. Fish only system and the cheapest salt could do it for you.

    How many corals and of which type, Softy? LPS? SPS?

    I got a softy dominated system and use Aquamedic reef salt.
     
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    The tank is only a few months old so still stocking it but I want to go for more SPS and a few LPS for just a little movement.
     
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    If you google most of the brand names you should be able to get an idea of what parameters their salts mix to. I am currently using D-D H2ocean salt and on the bucket they claim it mixes to:

    dkh 10.5
    CA 440
    MG 1340

    Bear in mind though, if you are trying to increase your parameters with water changes it will take quite a few large changes before the levels increase quite a bit, as they get diluted if doing small water changes.
     
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    so currently, any salt would do?
    No SPS at the moment?
     
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    If you are not dosing, Red Sea Coral Pro is a good salt to boost your levels. Save the aquavitro in the garage and switch back when your tank is stable and you have started dosing.
     
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    at the moment I only have a plating Montipora and the rest are lps
     
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    my aquavitro is almost finish, so would it not be better if I just get red sea coral pro and not dose anything ?
     
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    this is not a salt issue, what are you dosing? have you worked out your daily consumption? water changes are not good ways to keep params in check
     
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    again..it depends on what you want to achieve.. ultra low nutrient sps type tanks and high kh salts do not work well together as you could have problems
     
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    at the moment I am dosing 8.4,calcification and ions from aquavitro just to get my levels back to normal.
    For the daily consumption do I test my parameters daily for a few days and see by how much they have dropped?
    and then do I have to recalculate if I add new corals ?
     
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    yes as new corals will now increase the consumption of params
     
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    so I have been testing my parameters for 4 days now and these are the readings I got
    day1
    MG = 1120
    CA = 400
    Kh = 8
    day2
    MG=1220
    CA=405
    Kh= 7,7
    SG=35
    day3
    MG=1200
    CA=390
    kh=8,15
    SG=34
    day4
    Mg=1220
    ca=410
    kh=7.7
    sg=34
    so this dose not make any sense to me:cursing:
     
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    Have you mixed a bucket of salt and then tested it before adding it into tank?
    That is the best way to test what the actual salt values are once the mix goes into your set up a hundred things can affect those readings, so not accurate to test the DT water and then say the salt levels are low.
    I use Salinity and love it
     
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    I would only increase mg..rest are perfect for sps
     
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    Those readings are fine. The fluctuations are very slight and are most likely due to accuracy/precision of testing.
    I bet if you do tests right after each other the readings won't be exactly the same.
     
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    The test kits we use are only "hobby grade", they are not laboratory grade therefore you will get slight variations when testing and you have to take this into account when testing. Those numbers look fine to me. As 4age said, just need to up MG a bit to about 1350.
     
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    Thanks everyone @Reefhead will test this weekend
     
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    May I hog the thread quickly? I started with the Red Sea Coral Pro, and seeing as will be doing water changes for the next year only with that, would it be needed to add other minerals etc? Probably a stupid question, but before I did water changes with sea water, so not sure about the salts you get
     
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    Depending on your usage yes.
    If you have a few corals using up minerals then water changes will not be enough to maintain your levels and so you will need to supplement with minerals
     
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