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Old 10-10-2019, 12:17 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I have been using Instant Ocean salt since I started in the Hobby 15 years ago. Never had any issues

Just wondering what everyone uses on there tanks?
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Salts I used for my clients in the past almost 20years:

TropicMarin Pro
SeaChem AquaVitro Salinity
Fritz RPM

Nothing wrong with IO. Usually have to bump the Ca and alk is on the high side of you have an SPS dominant system.
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Was using IO Reef Crystals. Switched to Coralife Marine Salt, will probably switch back to Reef Crystals or something else when it's done.
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when you swich salts do you just crack open the new salt and switch 100% or do you transition slow?

- 25% new 75 % old
- 50/ 50 and so on ?

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50/50 for me.
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The best salt in my opinion is D&D by h20, i bought my last bucket at NAFB for 89.00, thats a great price but nothing wrong with Reef Crystals or Tropic Marin, even Fritz is good unless youve got a SPS tank. I do 25 gl every month on a 125, may not seem great but i,ll bet if people were truthful most dont do them at all.
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Aquavitro for me. And I don't do water changes as often as I should. Just don't always have time for that shit. I do dose so that helps. Also have a calcium reactor waiting to be set up but I'm stalling on that because it's intimidating. Lol
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I.O. for just over 25 years now. However, for almost 20 of those years I mix it 60/40 at first but now 50/50 with my home made salt and use it for tanks without sps corals, including my seahorse tanks.
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If your preferred salt is out of stock or want to switch brands, it depends on water params of the system vs NSW and volume you change.

Less than 15%, you can go 100% new salt without problems. Between 15-25%, SPS dominant I would mix 50/50, LPS softie mix 100% new.

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I was using instant ocean then switch to Reef crystal IO for many years. Now RIO is not easy to find, lets see what's up this boxing week, thinking of Fritz. I only have soft corals and fish, not SPS.
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