SPS Ecobak Users - What Salt Mix?

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  1. reef_enthusiast

    reef_enthusiast Astrea Snail

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    I wanted to see what salt mixes those with predominantly SPS tanks running Ecobak use.

    I was reading on other forums that those running a ULNS should try to keep their alkalinity close to NSW and I read ALK levels of 8-10. A good number of reef salt mixes are advertised to have high CA, ALK, and Mg. A couple of months after Hurricane Sandy wiped out my 300 FOWLR I started up a 55 reef tank with Red Sea Coral Pro Salt and my ALK is 12, CA 450, Mg 1350. I do weekly water changes of 10 gallons. That is just out of habit when the 300 was originally a SPS tank. I did start Ecobak from the get go and my NO3 is 0 and PO4 is 0.07.
     
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  3. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    Instant Ocean is what I use. Nice base level close to NSW and very consistent between batches. With sps dominated tanks you will be dosing or using a reactor anyway so keep it simple.
     
  4. FaceOfDeceit

    FaceOfDeceit Hockey Beard

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  5. dowtish

    dowtish Horrid Stonefish

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    Red Sea Salt. NOT the Coral Pro.
     
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    Thatgrimguy Flying Squid

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    Instant Ocean for the win!
     
  7. gcarroll

    gcarroll Zoanthid

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    IO unless I can get Red Sea Coral Pro or D-D cheap.
     
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  9. reef_enthusiast

    reef_enthusiast Astrea Snail

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    Thanks for the replies. I was initially using IO on the tank during the initial cycle. Guess I'll go back to IO after I finish up the Red Sea Coral Pro bucket I have.

    Have dosing pumps, kalk reactor, and CA Reactor on hand from my previous reef tank when the time calls for it.
     
  10. Jon Warner

    Jon Warner 3reef Sponsor

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    I expect to see a lot of IO responses...
     
  11. electric-dan

    electric-dan Astrea Snail

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    d-d for me went IO and lost some corals so went back also the IO i bought had a dkh of 11 and cal of 550 is that right for IO
     
  12. Jon Warner

    Jon Warner 3reef Sponsor

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    crazy numbers... usually IO is known for more consistency than that.