What brand of reef salt to buy

Discussion in 'Reef Chemistry' started by daddio, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Gonna pick up an rodi and mix my own water now. What is the best salt mix?
    Thanks! Mark
  2. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    I like Reef Crystals; way back I preferred Seachem ReefSalt but has been discontinued.
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  3. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    BTW I have a bare bones RODI; needs filters.
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  4. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Appreciate the offer, but I think I am gonna go brand spanking new. Thinking about the BRS 6 stage plus with dual TDS meters for $260.
  5. grizfyrfyter

    grizfyrfyter Reef Geek 3D Printed

    Seachem has a new salt. It has high calcium and magnesium (dkh is a little over 8) and sells for $40 a box (200g).

    It mixes like crap though. Brown film and it's cloudy.

    I'm back you using reef crystals but for large volumes, instant ocean and bulk dosing supplies is cheaper.
  6. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    I ended up ordering a bucket of Red Sea Aquarium Salt mix. It is the same as Coral Pro but without the 12.0 DKH.
    • pH: 8.2 - 8.4
    • Alkalinity: 7.8 - 8.2 DKH
    • Calcium: 420 - 440 mg/l
    • Magnesium: 1250 - 1310 mg/l
    • Potassium: 380 - 400 mg/l
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  7. powdertang05

    powdertang05 Supporting Member

    Personally I use instant ocean. Its cheap and yes it may lack alk and calcium but by the time you do a water change it doesnt matter or in my case I dose anyways. WWCs uses it and Ive used it since 2009. Many people on RC use it and some of the best tanks ive ever seen use instant ocean. My two cents.
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  8. dpc goes west

    dpc goes west Supporting Member

    Red Sea blue bucket.
    mixes right about where i keep my Alk (8.0). also mixes fast and no residue.
    use it for both my tanks, been great for 2 years.
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  9. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    I also was using Seachem reef salt a while back but now I’m using Red Sea blue bucket
  10. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    IO. Been using it forever. Just gotta remember to clean out the mixing tank every once in awhile, but not a huge deal.
  11. Kremis

    Kremis Supporting Member

    reef crystals
  12. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    I used to use Coralife or Kent's for years...whichever was less expensive. Switched over to FRS... more expensive, but mixes up really clean and fast.
  13. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Thank for all the input! I ended up going with Red Sea in the blue bucket. I even have my first 8 gallons mixed and in my reefs.
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