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post #1 of 7 Old 03-09-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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differences of salt mixes

It's been a long time since I had a saltwater tank so I have a few
Questions.

I went to my LFS to get some of the supplies I need to get up and running , when I came across this issue .

I always used instant ocean salt the one in purple tub with no issues.
the guy at the fish store said even if I don't have a reef tank I should use the instant ocean reef salt the one in orange tub , he said it cycles faster and also keeps fish more healthy, also contains better nutrients for the live rock . how true is this and would I be better off with the reef salt.

it's only a matter of 2 or 3 dollars between the two in cost

just want my new tank to run smooth like the one I had many years ago ,

thank you for all your input

tank specs are as follows :

37 gal bow front
JBJ reaction 4 stage canister filter with built in uv sterilizer
external penguin bio filter with skimmer attachment
ETH 200 watt inline heater
2 power heads

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37 gal bow front (saltwater)
octopus 150 skimmer
external penguin bio wheel 150 packed with cheato
ETH 200 watt inline heater
3 power heads 500gph
in line UV sterilizer

30 gal (brackish)
bio filter
under-gravel 2 power-heads 250gph

30 gal hex (freshwater)
bio filter
under gravel 2 power heads 170gph

Who ever said keeping fish was easy should have there head examined
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-09-2012, 11:30 AM
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the other salt wont help anything cycle faster. it does have more minerals then the blue bucket. i use reef crystals (which should be the orange one you speak of ) and seem to have no issues with it. pick a salt and stick with it. also when you get the bucket home roll it around for a good 5 minutes to mix it up.

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-17-2012, 09:26 PM
If you are keeping a fish only tank then IO is good enough, but for reefs i'd go with RC. RC has better ca, mg, and alk levels for reefs. I also like RC because it's easy to mix and tend not getting precipitation. I used it on my 100g and successfully kept my tank in its glory for years!

100 Gal SPS Rimless, 2X250 Watt + 4T5's Giesemann infinity, Bubble King Mini 200 skimmer, Ca reactor, DIY Kalk Reactor. See my Reef aquarium in HD video http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=2207.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-17-2012, 09:32 PM
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RC being Reef Crystals? am interested in this as I need to get some salt mix soon for my small nano 29g tank. FOWLR at the moment, but going reef in a few months time.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-17-2012, 10:38 PM
If you plan on dosing the tank, theres no reason to get Reef Crystals, as the dosing will take care of the elements needed for the tank. IE, higher MAG, ALK, CALCIUM
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RC being Reef Crystals? am interested in this as I need to get some salt mix soon for my small nano 29g tank. FOWLR at the moment, but going reef in a few months time.
yes RC= reef crystals. and if you have fowlr i'd probably still use it because coralline needs elevated ca, and mg along with strong lighting of the right spectrum.

100 Gal SPS Rimless, 2X250 Watt + 4T5's Giesemann infinity, Bubble King Mini 200 skimmer, Ca reactor, DIY Kalk Reactor. See my Reef aquarium in HD video http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=2207.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-18-2012, 07:38 AM
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OK, thanks guys, I will just stick with what I am doing probably, which is dosing at the moment.
Will price it up though and may use it in the future once the reef is a bit more advanced. I have only 2 clownfish at the moment and a firefish in QT for the next 3 weeks.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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