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What kind of salt mix are you using and what Params does it mix to?


Curious to see if there’s a certain mix people are leaning too this year. 

I’ve been using IO Reef Crystals for a few years. Seems pretty inconsistent even with stirring the bucket. I don’t test every time, usually just with a new bucket and when it’s 3/4 gone. 

Salinity - 35/ 1.026

PH - 8-8.2

dKh - 9-11

Calc - 440-500

Mag - 1200-1500

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My favourite out of the ones I have used is Red Sea blue bucket. Love how quickly it mixes, never hardens, and very consistent.


I rarely test mag but it was around 1290/1300 from what I remember. Alk 7.9 - 8.2, ca 435


I like you have found reef crystals very inconsistent and always very low mag

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I'm currently using Instant Ocean Reef Crystals simply because I was able to buy 160 gallon buckets for $37.  I find it good enough for my needs; and (with the amount of salt that I'm currently going through) I don't like pouring lots of $$$ down the drain.


When it first came out (and seemed to be perpetually on sale), I was using, and happy with, Live Aquaria Pro Reef Salt:

  • Salinity: 35 ppt (1.026 sg)
  • Calcium: 400-450 ppm
  • Magnesium: 1,350-1,450 ppm
  • Alkalinity: 8.0-9.5dKH


If I could find it cheaper, I'd probably try Fritz Reef Pro Mix (which seems virtually identical to LA Pro Reef):

  • Salinity: 35 ppt (1.0264 sg)
  • Calcium: 400-450 ppm
  • Magnesium: 1350-1450 ppm
  • Alkalinity: 8.0 - 9.0 dKH
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Jason Fox uses Instant Ocean(not even Reef Crystals)


I used to use Kent Marine Salt



Use Reef Crystals now


BRS has a bunch of videos on mixing and storage


Anyway, I make up ziplok baggies with 775gm of salt.


Dump it in a 5 gallon water jug of RODI


Mix it up.  Let it sit overnight. 1.026.  And then use it


I use to use a heater and pump.  Now I just keep the house tank temperature


I love the Milwaukee eRefractometer. And always keep a glass hydrometer in my tank for backup, eyeball check





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