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Old 10-18-2019, 05:21 PM   #11
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I started the hobby using IO Reef Crystals (white/orange) buckets.
Later on found savings buying the boxes on boxing day.

2 years ago switched to Red Sea Coral Pro (black buckets)
This year I switched to Red Sea Salt (blue buckets)

There's chart comparisons out there on reef salts that are interesting read.
-best value $/gallon
-calcium, magnesium, alk

I want to try Tropic Marin soon.
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Sorry guys I forgot,

Aquatic Kingdom do bring in pallets of salt. Has anyone try them, How good are they. I know the prices are good but how is the quality.

I often go there but yet to buy the salt from them. Good to know some feedback.
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This is the chart comparing the different saltwater mixes.


Reef Crystals in recent years has crazy high alk - something i can personally attest to. I have tested the last few batches i bought and they run around 12 - each time i tested. Aquarium Depot has IO and RC - fairly reasonably priced too. Think they may be the only local vendors.

Think alkalinity shifts are what you need to be worried about (not that worried about calcium) if you have a SPS tank.

If you run at 9 dkh and do a 20% change using RC (assuming 13 dkh) - this would bump the alk to 9.8. Probably not catastrophic.

If you run at 9 dkh and do a 30% change using RC - this would bump the dkh to 10.2.

I alternate between Fritz and IO/RC depending whats on sale. Not a big fan of the packaging for Fritz - big giant bag whereas IO/RC breaks up each box into smaller bags.
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