Poll: What is Your Preferred Salt Brand?

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by dbl, Nov 29, 2017.

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  1. Aquaforest

    61 vote(s)
    6.6%
  2. Red Sea

    245 vote(s)
    26.7%
  3. Instant Ocean

    296 vote(s)
    32.2%
  4. ESV

    11 vote(s)
    1.2%
  5. Brightwell

    10 vote(s)
    1.1%
  6. HW Marinemix

    43 vote(s)
    4.7%
  7. Tropic Marin

    58 vote(s)
    6.3%
  8. Fritz

    103 vote(s)
    11.2%
  9. I use natural sea/ocean water

    16 vote(s)
    1.7%
  10. Other

    75 vote(s)
    8.2%
  1. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    An often debated topic, but let's see which salt mix people prefer. Feel free to discuss reasons or particulars in the thread below. I personally use Red Sea Blue Bucket. Switched over to blue bucket from the Coral Pro quite a while ago for the lower dKH.
     
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  2. Randy Holmes-Farley

    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Expert Contributor Article Contributor

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    You didn't allow for distinction between Reef Crystals and normal Instant Ocean, or the two types of Red Sea salt mixes.
     
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    Also, there might be a distinction between preferred and used -- cost, availability, etc. considerations.
     
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  4. mckinleyw

    mckinleyw AIRBORNE REEFER R2R Supporter Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I think preferred is a good way to put it even if its not what you use. I use reef crystals now, but switching to red sea blue bucket. IDK which I prefer yet.
     
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    Denisk Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I have switched around between Reef crystals, regular instant oceans, and or blue bucket Red Sea. I still use all three depending on what kind of water change I do. They all have their pros and cons. Whether it be one that has really good parameters to what I keep my tank and or the other just being cost effective. I use instant ocean when I preform my regular 5 to 10 gallon water changes as it won’t cause any kind of swing with the size of the tank. If something were to happen where I needed to do a very large water change, I would use blue bucket Red Sea as that’s the closest to my parameters. I do this only from a cost perspective. I truly haven’t seen one salt be any better than another. I say pick a salt where you like the parameters and try to keep that stable.
     
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  6. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Very good points @Randy Holmes-Farley and @DeepBlueSomething, which is why I did this poll as preferred "BRAND". Depending on results, we can do a followup poll on products within the brand and drill down on specifics.
     
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  7. DSC reef

    DSC reef Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Red sea coral pro. Been using it for over 7 years. I use red sea blue bucket if I have to perform a large water change.
     
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  8. crabs_mcjones

    crabs_mcjones I was a drab little crab once R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    Instant Ocean Reef Crystals since the beginning. I've always had consistent parameters with it and it's never given me an issue :)
     
  9. jsker

    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I have used many brands and the current reef salt that I use, I am very happy with and the price is also right.
     
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  10. S-t-r-e-t-c-h

    S-t-r-e-t-c-h Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    The idealist in me wants to say Hawaiian Marine or Tropic Marin, but I don't think I've ever actually used anything other than IO/RC in my own tanks...
     
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  11. Brew12

    Brew12 Electrical Gru R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I've settled on the Red Sea blue bucket because of the lower dkh also. Started with the IO products since I could easily get them locally.
     
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    My preferred salt is Instant Ocean Reef Crystals been using it for almost 3 years now. I have switched and tried a few other salts only because I was curious or a friend you gotta try this salt.... but always came back to Reef Crystals. It's always done right by me and been a stable salt. I have had 5 reef tanks so far.
     
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    Kent Marine
     
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  14. Murica

    Murica Well-Known Member

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    Reef crystals have always been good to me, and on Amazon there's usually 200 gallons worth for 55 bucks. Comes in usps. My mailman hates me for it but that's the only way I get it now
     
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    I used Oceanic for about 12 years and had nothing but great results with it for my reef tank. My LFS was always the cheapest place to get it, and they just stopped carrying it this year. I shifted my tank to a FOWLR and switched over to regular Instant Ocean, it seems to work just fine, so that's what I voted is for.
     
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  17. DracoKat

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    I use Reef Crystals for my main 75g tank. It's cheaper and works well for my tank.

    I got Live Aquaria salt that I am using for my new 9 gal tank to test it out. I don't want to mix it in the 75 tank since it's still new on the market.
     
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  18. YellowFinsReef

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    I stick with instant ocean for my quarantine tank due to affordability, while I use only tropic marin bioactif and synbiotic for my reef and fowlr. The alkalinity is a bit on the lower end, but the mix has been consistent.
     
  19. AdamNC

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    Red Sea blue bucket. Easily accessible for me and it matches the low Alk level I use.
     
  20. stylaster

    stylaster Reefer since '90 R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    I use kent and aquavitro salinity
     
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