Salt, narrowed it down to two.

thejamesvolta

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I can't decide between which salt to get. I've narrowed it down to the Red Sea Coral Pro and Instant Ocean. I want to eventually get some sps and possibly an lps, and assume the Red Sea would be best, but I wanted to get some input. I have read up on it a bit, but would like some real world experience with the two. I've heard that Red Sea is good for Reef Tanks, but Instant Ocean seems to be a favorite.
 

bertoni

Premium Member
They both should be okay. I use Instant Ocean. It requires some magnesium and calcium supplementation before use. The Red Sea mix is a bit high in calcium, according to their description, but that might be okay, depending on the animals to be kept.
 

Billybeau1

Premium Member
You might also want to consider Reef Crystals. Made by IO but with more calcium and magnesium. Therefore, less supplementing. :)
 

ek9vboi

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I don't know if you guys supplement for magnesium or not when making a new batch of water. I always do to make sure the calcium does not participate, I've had one incident where it had happened... or maybe it was because I added too much calcium to try to make up for it. Whatever it was, the magnesium was still low if your using IO.
 

thejamesvolta

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I eventually plan on keeping some sps corals and know they need the calcium. i figure it's just better to start with the right salt from the beginning. I guess I'm leaning toward the Red Sea. I saw the Reef Crystals too. I guess I'm leaning towards the Red Sea. Unless someone with some Reef Crystals experience chimes in with some recommendations.
 

HowardW

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<<< I eventually plan on keeping some sps corals and know they need the calcium. i figure it's just better to start with the right salt from the beginning. >>>


Most experienced people will tell you there is no 'right' salt, I recently tried the Red Sea and immediatly switched back to Seachem Reef Salt.
 

Billybeau1

Premium Member
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10410857#post10410857 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by thejamesvolta
I eventually plan on keeping some sps corals and know they need the calcium. i figure it's just better to start with the right salt from the beginning. I guess I'm leaning toward the Red Sea. I saw the Reef Crystals too. I guess I'm leaning towards the Red Sea. Unless someone with some Reef Crystals experience chimes in with some recommendations.

Howard is right about the no best salt deal. If I had the choice between RS Coral Pro and Reef Crystals, it would be RC hands down in my book.

Buzzing around the different forums as much as I do, there are definitely a lot more RC users than Red Sea. Just my observations. :)
 

oct2274

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red sea coral pro is easier to work with since you don't have to dose right away to get it's levels up. I use it and it works great. One of the newer studies done also show that IO for some reason has a tendency to have issues with red slime algae more than other salts.
 

Canarygirl

New member
Howard, I've been trying out Red Sea Coral Pro too and this past weekend my 10% water change resulted in stressed corals...many of them were sliming. I think I will switch back to Seachem myself. Do you mind sharing why you are switching back? What was your experience with RSCP?
 

HowardW

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<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10443988#post10443988 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Canarygirl
Howard, I've been trying out Red Sea Coral Pro too and this past weekend my 10% water change resulted in stressed corals...many of them were sliming. I think I will switch back to Seachem myself. Do you mind sharing why you are switching back? What was your experience with RSCP?



I tried it out for a few weeks doing several small water changes with RSCP in a couple of my tanks.

1) I didn't like the way RSCP mixed up and left a lot of fine brown sediment on the bottom of my mixing jugs after 24 hrs. I believe this was due to the incomplete cleaning / purification of the salt after their solar evaporation process.

2) In one of my tanks after doing a couple water changes with RSCP I started to notice small blooms of a brownish hair algae which I believe was due to the RSCP salt possibly having algae spores in the mix.

3) I experienced no positive differences in my tanks after trying the RSCP salt as some others had reported and saw no compelling reason to continue using it in view of the above.
 
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Rockitmakr

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Agreed indeed!

Agreed indeed!

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=10408923#post10408923 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Billybeau1
You might also want to consider Reef Crystals. Made by IO but with more calcium and magnesium. Therefore, less supplementing. :)
:thumbsup:
:beer:
 

Canarygirl

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2) In one of my tanks after doing a couple water changes with RSCP I started to notice small blooms of a brownish hair algae which I believe was due to the RSCP salt possibly having algae spores in the mix.

Wow! I've been having a bloom of brownish hair algae in one of my tanks too, and it never occurred to me that it might be from the salt. Hmmmm....
 

glassbox-design

New member
out of those two i would pick RC, but i am not fond of the red color residue it leaves... many people get this and it seems to not effect the tank...but still leaves me concerned.

my two favorites are seachem reef salt and tropic marin. levels are consistant and they mix well.
 
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