QUESTION OF THE DAY LET'S GET SALTY: What's a FAIR price for salt and what are you using in 2020?

What is a fair price to pay for a 160g - 200g bucket of salt?

  • $50 or less

    Votes: 267 38.0%
  • $75 or less

    Votes: 337 47.9%
  • $100 or less

    Votes: 84 11.9%
  • Other and you better explain in the thread! :)

    Votes: 15 2.1%

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nereefpat

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That said - It doesnt have all of the elements needed for a 'reef aquarium' - other wise - there wouldn't be a choice for 'the reef version'
You're kidding, right? Lots of tanks of the month on different sites use IO. Many zoos and aquariums use IO. What elements do you think it's missing?
 

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I get my IO regular for $30 on sale. And TONS of people I know have been using IO exclusively for decades.
Yeah -its interesting never new it - and dont see IO on sale anywhere for anything near 30$ but its certainly possible. Do ou have a reef tank? A Fowler? Use other additives? Curious - why do you think others pay 3x as much?
 

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You're kidding, right? Lots of tanks of the month on different sites use IO. Many zoos and aquariums use IO. What elements do you think it's missing?
Don't know - I was asking - whats the difference between the 'reef version' of instant ocean and 'regular' instant ocean?
 

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Tropic Marin pro for me it matches the levels I run in my tank. BRS did a test recently and showed the real cost of all the salt mixes available wasn’t very different in price per gallon to get 35 ppt
 

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Worked part time in a coral chop shop. LFS mainly buy their salt from distributors in pallets.

Avg wholesale cost of 200g box is roughly $35 shipped via pallet. Most LFSs then mark it up to around $55-$66.... making $20/$30.per box.

That markup is not going to pay the rent.....

The price to the customer is kept down and really there for impulse buys of "oh crap...I need salt! " while in the LFS for other reasons..

In my area fish/coral are sold 3x what the LFS bought it for....sometimes 4x.

Real money is made buying a rather large coral piece and fragging it up. $200 piece if fragged properly can fetch 20 frag about around $40/50 a frag..... so that $200 colony fragged up will fetch $800 in frag sales

Super real money is SERVICE. Monthly servicing a tank about $100 per visit. If you have 50 clients regionally that all need monthly maintenance....theres the real $

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I am an Instant Ocean (purple box), salt user because of the history and quality of the salt...and the parameters I'm looking for in my tank. I am fortunate in that we have an LFS in NJ that sells a 200 gallon box for $35/box. Can't beat that...and I buy in quantity:

 

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Yeah -its interesting never new it - and dont see IO on sale anywhere for anything near 30$ but its certainly possible. Do ou have a reef tank? A Fowler? Use other additives? Curious - why do you think others pay 3x as much?
I bought 8- 200g boxes last time, so definitely possible. :). Took me awhile to go through it! I've been keeping my eye out since I need more and haven't seen it go on sale in last 6 mo.

I have a Reef tank. Been using IO for 20yrs. No other additives except calcium. Not sure why some prefer RC to regular. I've never seen a compelling reason to pay more for it.
 

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I just bought two 200g boxes of IO on chewy using the auto ship & save 30% deal. Total was $82 with free shipping. I feel like I got gouged! Most I've ever paid for salt. :p already cancelled the auto ship portion. Bides me some time to find another sale!
 

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OPTIONS! In this hobby we have options! There are so many ways to run and maintain a tank and with that comes many options for equipment, additives, livestock etc. There are so many cool gadgets that we can utilize that gives us the options to pick and choose whether we use them or not.

BUT one thing we all must use and can't reef without is salt! Not only do we need it but we need it often for water changes, emergencies, quarantine and more! So for the QOTD I wanted to talk about SALT and ask you a couple of questions!

1. What is a fair price to pay for a 160g - 200g bucket of salt?

2. As of 2020 what salt mix are you using?


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I really don't know a fair price for salt, I bought my bucket of Instant Ocean already opened for$75. I normally buy water from my fish store. It's about an hour and a half away so it's not really local:)
 

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Reef crystals is $42 for a 200g box on Amazon right now. With free shipping.

I will still take regular IO for the same price. Don't need the elevated alk.
 

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Embarrassed to say that I use Accurasea 1 from TLF. Guess I'm the only customer they have.
No one else seems to use this salt, Is there something I need to know?
 

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The issue to me on this thread - is if there is a salt - to use - and thats it - all good - but if you have to use various trace elements, etc to add - a 'system' - then the cost of the salt seems irreverent. Right? The salt I use - requires nothing but the salt
 

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The issue to me on this thread - is if there is a salt - to use - and thats it - all good - but if you have to use various trace elements, etc to add - a 'system' - then the cost of the salt seems irreverent. Right? The salt I use - requires nothing but the salt
Agreed. And regular IO provides everything you need to run a successful reef, without trace additives. I'm in no way advocating that everyone should use IO. Just that it works for me and many others. :) And mixes clean which is maybe my #1 criteria!
 

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Agreed. And regular IO provides everything you need to run a successful reef, without trace additives. I'm in no way advocating that everyone should use IO. Just that it works for me and many others. :) And mixes clean which is maybe my #1 criteria!
I might try it - perhaps the next poll will be 'why do salt manufacturers market their salts to suggest theirs is best - when others are more expensive'
 
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I have never purchased a bucket of salt only the bags. I have always used instant ocean sea salt or reef crystals since day one. The 60g bags I buy run about $20 at my area pet store.
 

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