Tropic Marin Syn-Biotic Salt - a working review

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I use TM pro, about the same size tank, my alk went low for a while, I corrected it with baking soda, now use All For Reef which keeps the alk very stable.
I don’t think your salt will help with keeping your alk stable as that was a reason you say you changed over.

And a comment on your salinity, if you keep your salt water mix covered the salinity won’t change, especially as you are using it so quickly, I had bad salinity fluctuations, was down to reduced flow in the tank when the floss stated to get dirty the ato kicks in, and removing salt water when changing the floss, also using tank water for tests didn’t help, it doesn’t take much to change the salinity of a nano.
I personally wouldn’t use this salt in a nano, it can’t be stored and the extra organics in a small volume of water is probably not neeeded, it’s hard enough in a nano to export organic without adding more.
 
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Any new updates?

I plan on doing a WC today, I'm battling just a lil' bit of dinos but my coralline algae is taking off and appears to be keeping it at bay. I'll do a DINO X regiment here with it just to be safe. My opinion is dinos are just one of those things...all tanks have em, just depends if they can survive/thrive. I didn't use live rock (except for a few pieces) and started with dry rock...so it was a blank check for problem algae (it went diatoms, GHA, and then dinos...now coralline). While I've done other things to curb algae growth (mainly vibrant once a week), it's been easier to tame since the switch - I have no idea if it's the salt or just maturity. I'll post some photos. I'm purposely doing everything wrong on this tank. I cycled with coral, I added livestock immediately post cycle...what people do in a year I've tried to do in like 2 months just to see if I could. So far....so good. This is a cakewalk compared to by PICO reef jars...those were an exercise is masochism.

I'm going to say something - A LOT of people are giving me crap about using this salt. Heck, I've even been racially attacked for being mexican (I am not mexican) in some bizarre internet rant by an online boomer loony...and maybe it's just me, but this tank was HIGH phosphates and 0 nitrates prior. My phosphates have held in between .1-.2 and my nitrates sit around 15-20. My corals have never looked better. I'm doing 30-40% water changes weekly-ish. (I'm not one of these YOU HAVE TO HAVE LOW LOW PHOSPHATES TO SUCCEED guys....).

Again, I don't store water here. This tank is at work and it's not a big deal to mix up 4-5 gallon at a time. If you want to store water, then no this isn't a good salt.
 
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I generally like Tropic Marin product line, but keep things simple. Buy more salt mix and few additives.
At this point I'm committed. So I'll run this salt in the name of science for prob. a year or so just to see what happens (if anything). I kinda know what I'm looking for in the long run, but again...it's hard to say "it's the salt" or "the tank"...each tank seems different. I'll prob get answers if/when I switch back to another salt honestly!
 
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I have a short list of additives I keep on hand. The carbon source of this salt is also sold as Reef Actif. It is sold as a powered seaweed and mild carbon source. I have seen a few threads from advanced SPS tanks that show some benefit in coloration. It could also be excellent care that effected changes too. I think it may help to prevent a limiting situation but not essential. I can not imagine it is much different than overfeeding Tangs an assortment of seaweeds.

Stability is far more important than other factors really an advanced topic to master. I tend to go more basic to principles of reefing from the late 90s or golden era of reefing. I carefully meter kalk, and have lots of fresh air in basement to lower house CO2.

There are too many gadgets that drive hobbiest out of hobby.
 
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I have a short list of additives I keep on hand. The carbon source of this salt is also sold as Reef Actif. It is sold as a powered seaweed and mild carbon source. I have seen a few threads from advanced SPS tanks that show some benefit in coloration. It could also be excellent care that effected changes too. I think it may help to prevent a limiting situation but not essential. I can not imagine it is much different than overfeeding Tangs an assortment of seaweeds.

Stability is far more important than other factors really an advanced topic to master. I tend to go more basic to principles of reefing from the late 90s or golden era of reefing. I carefully meter kalk, and have lots of fresh air in basement to lower house CO2.

There are too many gadgets that drive hobbiest out of hobby.

Reminds me of the explosion of the internet...just because we have all this information doesn't make it useful.

At the end of the day, we are all just trying to keep a box of water.
 
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UPDATE: I've got about 90% of my dinos killed off but they are still persistent....considering a RIP CLEAN to wipe it all out. If that happens I'll start a thread for the process. It's a lot of work, but if it wipes out the dinos then so be it!
 
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