Switching Salts

Discussion in 'Other Reef Talk' started by Nav, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Red sea coral pro salt has some funky directions. Mix with cold water for a certain time then heat the water. The bucket also says something about using the mix within a couple hours.
  2. jonmos75

    jonmos75 Supporting Member

    Really....that is what I used to use and I don't remember those instructions....I called them because it did state not to mix constantly and tech support disregard that....so who knows???
    Below are the Directions and yes that is what it says...weird.....lol

    Now I am using Red Sea Salt...it matches my levels of a ULNS, and it doesn't have the same directions as the Red Sea Coral Pro.

  3. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Oh yeah the whole mix for this period of time and do not mix for more than 4 hours.

    What happens if you mix for more than 4 hours? Lol

    Also I really want the coral on the rscp bucket. What is that a pink birdsnest?
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2015
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  4. jonmos75

    jonmos75 Supporting Member

    I mixed it 24/7 in a 55G barrel and had no issues at all;)
  5. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Aquavitro mixes better cold as well. The mixing results in heat, so I believe that's why it goes in best to colder water.
  6. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Hmm... I've always got my water to 78deg and then mixed my salts. Not sure if its good or bad, but never had any issues with RSCP. What I've learned with RSCP is to stir well for a min right after adding the mix, if you just dump salt and wait for it to dissolve, you'll have a cloudy mix...
  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    No circulation pump Nav?
  8. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    I do run a 650gph pump pointed at the base.

    But dumping 3-4lbs of salt in one shot, the pump can't stir all of it...
  9. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Get the water swirling around. Tornado style! :)

    Pour salt in slowly. 3-4 lbs should take less than a minute.

    Saltwater should always be stirred not shaken. :D
  10. robert4025

    robert4025 Sponsor

    Retail for about $75 for a 200g mix. I have another pallet of it delivering today...want a pallet? I hook you up! LOL
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  11. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    Robert twisted my arm to use Microbe-lift ;), been using it for a couple months now. No complaints
  12. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    I guess the key thing is : WHY are you looking for a new salt mix???
    - Quality? : Ehhh. Most seem pretty good.
    - Cost? : A decent reason to switch. But salt expense is hardly the #1 cost of aquariums.
    - Ease of mixing? : Some clear losers there. A good reason to switch.
    - Hard to find? : You have no choice but to switch.
    - Wrong target Ca/Alk/Etc levels for your tank? : A good reason to switch.
    (But an alternative is to add Ca/Alk/etc to water as you mix it.)

    Unfortunately, most of the time, the real reason is
    "My tank is not doing well .... perhaps changing salt mix will help"
    Sorry, but usually ... it won't.
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  13. robert4025

    robert4025 Sponsor

    Haha...told ya I am a "gansta"...lol
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  14. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Same can happen when you dump too much in too quickly and it sits in pools on the bottom. You can precipitate stuff out making your ASW out of wack. Read up on how salt ponds work, same thing applies to our tanks.

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