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Who's using what salt?

Discussion in 'General Reefkeeping Discussion' started by whyamisofly, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member ex-officio

    What do you use to lower the alk?
  2. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    I’ve been using predominantly Insatant Ocean and also Instant Ocean Reef Crystals.
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  3. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I am an Instant Ocean guy as well, but maybe a little different reason. I find that when I was buying expensive salt I was LESS likely to do weekly water changes because I would not want to use up all that expensive salt so quickly (I seem to remember buying a 160 gal bucket of Salinity in LFS for ~$100 once). With IO I buy a 200 gallon box of mix for $50, which works out to .25 cents per gallon. If I do a 30 gallon WC that would be $7.50 per week. As an example the Brightwell NeoMarine that is on sale for Black Friday is $62 for a 150 gallon box, that's .41 cents per gallon to make, my 30 gallon WC comes out to $12.40. The more expensive that salt gets, the less likely I am to do a weekly WC. I don't know, maybe I am just really cheap!
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  4. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Instant ocean here. Works pretty well, cheep and consistent. I’ve tried others but keep coming back to it. Never had an issue.
  5. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Muratic Acid. It is cheap, easy and reliable. You do have to mix and aerate for a day or two extra to drive off the excess CO2, but nobody should be using a salt because of alk content - it is easy to take up and down - whereas calcium is not so easy.

    For standard strength Murtaic, gallons * desired dKh drop * .123 is the number of mls of Murtic acid to use.
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  6. verlanst

    verlanst Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Fritz RPM

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