Which Salt Mix is the BEST for our saltwater tanks?! We share our picks for Best of 2019!

Which Salt Mix is the BEST for our saltwater tanks?! We share our picks for Best of 2019!


(upbeat music) – All right! It’s best of 2019 salt mixes. Some of you may have seen a video I did on the best salt mix where I lied and said we’re not ever
claim the best outfitter but today we’re going to do it. – Yeah. We’re definitely going
to pick the most popular, the most economical. – Well, the fastest mixing and the cleanest, lowest maintenance option. _ And then we’re going to wrap it up with the most consistent
and the best in show. – Perfect. – All right, so most popular salt mix as judged by units sold or buckets. Which one is it? – There was really close to a tie, so we have to give it
to two salts in this one by a margin of 10 buckets, Tropic Marin Pro and
the Red Sea Coral Pro. – All right. So there was 10 buckets
apart between these things. A virtual tie. So we had to put them both up here, but you know both of these guys have different kind of
sales pitches to it. You know you have your pharmaceutical grade material out there. We saw it mixes really fast. Saw a bunch of other different things. You know, Red Sea’s big pitch is that is uses natural
sea salts from the Red Sea, but in any case, Red Sea
is almost in every store in the nation and pretty popular so not surprised to see both of these rise to the top as the number one most popular salt mixes as voted by you guys
in what you’re buying. All right, so most
economical option out here, I mean, I don’t think
anybody’s going to wonder which one that is. – Uh no. This one has been to go-to
for those seeing the cheapest option that gets the
job done in their tanks and based on our calculations of a 100-gallon tank
doing 10% water changes the bucket of this one
works out to be about 39 cents a gallon. I kinda applied that
math forward to the box and the 200 gallon box should yield you about a 170 gallons or so of
1.026 specific gravity water and that ends up with an
8 cents a month savings at 31 cents a gallon. – All right so this is
basically what I grew up on. Can you say the same? – This has been my go-to. This one and Reed Crystals,
I’ve always saw that one when I was first getting in the hobby. For sure. – Yep. If you want the cheapest option
out there that will work, I think this is absolutely the option. You know. Like in terms of good, better, best. Good being the cheapest option that works, this is it. So if you’re looking to save, I think it’s probably
for a 100 gallon tank your probably saving between
five and ten dollars a month over some of the other options and this is just the most
economical option out there. So what’s the next one. – Mixes the fastest. – All right so 2019 mixes the fastest. This one is a confusing one because I think a lot of people just look in it and say
“Oh yeah. Looks good”. – Yeah. When I was mixing my
salt down in my basement, it was in a Broan trash can, where the trash can’s
dark, the basement’s dark. So when I don’t see large salt particles in the bottom of the bucket anymore, I think it’s fully dissolved and mixed and usually that was a few
hours and then I’d use it. But we tested this in a 24-hour time lapse across a variety of different salts and the fastest one out of all of them ended up being the four parter, the ESV. – No question. – Even this one took
about four to seven hours to be fully dissolved on camera
in a well-lit environment. Some of them though, were
well, well, well, well over 24-hours and I
think maybe even 48-hours until it was totally, totally dissolved. If ever completely, because
some of them ended up being precipitated out in some of them. So this one definitely, and I think there’s a really
solid reason as to why. It’s a four-part salt. It’s unlike the these. It’s just a homogeneous
mix of salt in there. There’s four separate ones. You’ve got your sodium chloride, step one. The sodium chloride dissolves really fast. Then you do your magnesium sufflate. So now there’s magnesium
already in the water which will help prevent any
precipitation from happening because it’s already present and you add you calcium
and you alkalinity mixes with all the trace and
minor elements in there separately in the liquid form. – Liquid form. – And that’s why I like, you know if it was in a dark basement, I’d say it was mixed
inside of five minutes. – Oh yeah. – Inside of a more controlled environment where we’re really measuring it, it was a matter of just
a handful of hours. – I mean this is pretty
cool when you want, when you need salt fast. This is the way to go. I mean you can make, and they have recipes for smaller batches, larger batches or what have you, but it’s a four-part system
so there is the added steps of doing the sodium chloride, waiting until that’s dissolved, doing the MAG and then waiting
until that’s dissolved, then the liquid components
and stuff like that. So a little bit of extra prep time, but it will mix faster. – So I will say out there
like a lot of people seem to pick salt based
on how fast it dissolves. – Oh yeah. – I dig it because it dissolves fast, it makes it clear, blah, blah, blah. So if you’re looking for the fastest one it’s definitely this, however Tropic Marin was just a couple hours right behind it. And again, like two to three times faster than almost all the rest. But it was just a little
slower then this one. – Yeah so a fully
homogeneous dry salt mixture. – Without the four-steps. – Without the four-steps, this
one is definitely my go-to. – All right, so next
up, Best of 2019 mixes the cleanest and easiest
with the lowest maintenance. So cleanest and lowest
maintenance salt out there what was it? – Well this one has to go to a tie between ESV and Tropic Marin Pro. In this one, in our extensive salt testing where we mixed’em up and
stored different salts, there was some that ended up
with brown crud in the bottom and some that didn’t have any brown crud. – Like sheets of it. – Yeah. – These were crystal clear. – Yeah. Both of them. – And he did it without heat, with heat, without flow, with flow. Every arrangement possible. These guys came out clean
in every single arrangement of mixing up salt. That means that your bins are clean. We also ran though a sediment filter to check for color or anything and they were clean as well. – Yeah. – A lot of them made the filter all yellow from the yellow pigments
and stuff in there. – So easiest maintenance
because the other salts where there is that built up. There is that, you know,
crust crud brown stuff that maybe calcium carbonate, it may be other insoluble materials. These just don’t have it,
which means I have less work in my salt bins that I have to, my mixing bins, my pumps
and all of this other stuff that I might have to do maintenance on. I’m lessening the amount of
maintenance I need to do. – And a reason for that, almost certainly, pharmaceutical grade materials in here and pharmaceutical
grade materials in here. So the pharmaceutical
grade ultra-low heavy metal sodium chloride and USP grade
magnesium sulfate in there and there are two additives. – And there’s something to
be said about the cleanest you know as far as the
best of 2019 cleanest in that whatever that
brown sludgy stuff is or insoluble materials,
I don’t get it with these meaning it doesn’t have a
chance of going in my tank. – Maybe good. Maybe bad. Who knows? – Given the preference, I
don’t want it in my tank. So this is like probably, there’s lot’s of different things that everybody says about salt out there like why I would choose
this one over that one and does it grow corals better and I don’t think you’ll ever get to the total bottom of
which one’s going to grown the corals the best, but there’s some real
definable stuff out there, like does it mix cleaner,
does it keep my bins clean, am I certain that because
it’s keeping my bins clean that none of that stuff ends up in my tank because there definite times where I’m mixing up my salt and whatnot and that brown sludge breaks free and then it could very well
just end up in my tank. – True. – So, you know, in this one, right here these two guys are a tie. It’s almost certainly because your using those
pharmaceutical ingredients that have been purified to the standard that they don’t have all
kinds of organic and stuff from the mining process and whatnot. So what’s next? – Next, we’re going to
talk about consistency and that’s from batch to batch as you mix up different
batch’s of salt water. – All right, so most consistent levels meaning whether I scoop
some salt off the top or I scoop some off the bottom. Will it be consistent levels all the way throughout the whole bucket and give my tank consistent results. All right, so which one was the winner? – This one was tough, because in the ICP testing results and the Hanna alkalinity checker from our stratification test. Tropic Marin Pro was almost 0% difference from top to bottom across the board. 0% calcium, 0% alkalinity, about .28% difference in magnesium. And then you get to the ESV
which all of the numbers the same calcium, alkalinity, magnesium of the majors we’re under at 1% difference so splitting hairs here
in which one was better, both preformed really well. – So 1% is nothing. The difference between
the top and the bottom especially because some of
them were off by 20% or more. And when you’re mixing
your salt at your house and you’re like “Hey this
doesn’t match the bucket”, it may be just because
some of it stratified out. Maybe because it didn’t get
mixed well enough at the factory it’s hard to say at which point, but this stuff was super homogenetic, it was the only one that
came out with zero difference meaning it was the exact
same calcium number at the top and bottom, alkalinity the same and just a tiny, tiny fraction off less then 1% on magnesium. – Yeah. – And this was almost the same too. But we also did trace elements. – So out of 11 salts. We tested 11 different salts and out of the 11, the ESV on 37 elements, only had 3 of the 37 above a 5% difference from the top to the bottom. – These are trace elements. Their tiny, tiny little amounts of them. Of these things in here so to be able to be homonomous
from top to bottom like that, no matter where you take
it out of the bucket, it is really, really, really awesome. That is the best performance
you could expect. And it doesn’t surprise you
because of the methodology here. Where all these other salts
are all mixed together and you’re relying on them
mixing at the factory perfect, in this case, because you’ve
got the sodium chloride, then you add the magnesium sulfate and all the trace minor and major elements are in those two bottles
that are liquified, it’s really, really easy to measure out and get the right amounts in there. So, it has a methodology. I’ve gotta give it to this one. Best of 2019, most consistent
salt from top to bottom. Just because I believe the methodology behind how they approach
it, it likely to produce the most consistent results
from bucket to bucket, from house to house, to reefer to reefer. All right, so what’s the next one. – Best in show. – Ooo! All right, so best in show 2019. The salt that is the best of the best. Which one is it? – Tropic Marin Pro. – Not surprising. – Yeah. So this one preformed well
in all of our salt testing. Pharmaceutical grade ingredients here without all of that crud that we’ve seen in some of the other salts. And for my vote, it mixes faster then any other dry component. So this is a dry salt mix. Everything’s in there. You know, the minors,
the majors, the traces and it just makes fast
without me having to do a four part system. It’s also consistent from
the top of the bucket to the bottom of the bucket, even though this thing is
being produced in Germany, hitting a rail car, going on a steam ship all the way over to New York, then going from New York,
all the way to Minnesota, and then out from there, we’re getting consistent results from the top of the bucket
to the bottom of the bucket. It’s what we use here at BRS. We’ve got, I don’t even
know how many tanks. Probably 60 some plus tanks if you include all the testing tanks. It’s what we use here because I don’t want to clean
out the bins constantly. I also don’t want to accidentally dose whatever the crusty brown is. I have no idea what it is but I don’t want it in our experiment tanks. I actually don’t even want
it in my display tank either. If it’s only going to be a
handful of dollars more, I’m in. If it was unaffordable, I would stay out. In fact, there’s a whole bunch of customer service agents here that were Instant Ocean fans and have been for a decade plus, but after seeing the results first-hand, their like, I’ll spend
the extra five bucks. Now, they get a discount here so it’s probably only
$2.50 extra for them, but at the same point,
I think it’s the same. – Yeah, so there’s a We talked about the ESV
and the Tropic Marin so close together throughout
the running of the best of 2019 and the only reason that
we didn’t go with ESV is because end of the story, I
don’t want to mix four parts. There’s people that would love
to take the time and effort to do the one part, come
back and do the second and then the third and the fourth. I just kinda want to
throw the salt in my thing and know that it’s ready to go without doing any of the extra steps. – I’m sure that once you get used to it, it’s not big deal. Right? My concern is actually
when you adjusting it. If I mix the exact amount that I needed but what if I need an extra five gallons? You know? Then I’m kind of playing
mad scientist with it. That is my only concern about this one but there’s so many reasons that actually doing sodium chloride,
dissolving it first, then the magnesium, then
having liquified elements. Is actually the best
approach to doing this, but I just have to say that
every reefer I’ve talked to ends up, I’d rather just mix one thing and so I wouldn’t blame you if you guys came to the conclusion that this was best in show, but for us this is the one we use here and for me, that’s it. So what would we like to see for 2020, improvements for salt. So desired improvements for 2019, the first thing that I would like to see is truth in advertising. Like some kind of standard out here because all these buckets
say 200 gallons, 160 and all of them are just lying to you. They do various degrees. So the different salt mixes. It’s very deceiving. One exception. – There was, this was one of my, the funest test that we did. Was the cost per gallon to find out, all right, if the bucket
says you get 160 or 200, when you actually weigh it
out and you make 5 gallons, at a salinity that almost
all of us use like 1.026. Hoe much do you actually
get from the bucket and there was one
outlier that actually had the amount on the bucket
that they actually made and it was Brightwell’s NeoMarine. – I was surprised. That was the only one out there that actually made the math
that was on the bucket. All the rest of them fabricated. It’s almost like if you were buying a car and it said get 30 miles a gallon, except for in fine print, if you drive 2 miles an hour. Nobody’s using a car that way, so it is not an accurate way to say that. So for 2020, big props to
anybody who steps forward and just says the accurate
amount on the bucket. It shows that you’re listening and it shows that you want to
have an honest relationship with the people that are buying products. It just means a whole lot to me when I can believe what people are saying. – Yeah, there’s another
one that I really like. For 2020 an improvement,
there’s a couple salts out there Red Sea being one of them
and AquaForce being another, that have, Red Sea’s called My Batch, that have ICP tested from
their batches of the salt mix that they make at the factory, to where you can test
your salt and match it based off those My Batch or the ICP analysis from AquaForce. So, I think everybody should do that. – Yeah, absolutely. It would be nice to see the transparency that comes from that. Of, hey, we actually test this stuff. We put a serial number on it
and we’ll give you the data. Knowing full well that you
can do your own ICP testing and match it up against that. So that transparency
there, I would love to see all of the brands out there
start ICP testing their salt and put a little bit of
proof where the pudding is. I’d love to see that. – Yeah. – All right, so in relation to that, I’d love to see guaranteed analysis too. I like to see right on the bucket what you say should be in here and what’s the potassium level, what’s the iodine level, whatever. I want to see a guaranteed
analysis on there. What did you put in this bucket and so I know and I can hold it to that standard. Without that, we’re just kind wondering. And I know that some of
the manufactures out there are worried if I give
away the secret recipe or the secret sauce. You know, I will tell you
everything I’ve done if reefing, transparency and honesty pays off. – Oh yeah. – And in every, every case. So, listen up man. Hopefully we get some
transparency and honesty. Put on the side of it
a guaranteed analysis. Stand behind your work and tell the universe
this is how we do it here. So what’s the next one? – Something I’d like to see, I do like these big buckets, especially if your mixing larger
gallons or larger portions, but I’m a big fan of the single-use pouch type era that we’re in. So between our pharmaceutical
grade chemicals, single-use pouches, there are some salt manufactures out there that you have single-se bags or pouches. The one that stands out to
me was the Two Little Fishes, where you can get the smaller box. Each of those bags makes
about five gallons. You can get the large box, where each of those bags make 50 gallons. So we get an option to where, one, I’m not jeopardizing or not exposing the rest of the salt mix to air or water or whatever environments around. Yeah. I can open it when I’m ready and it makes exactly what I want. And if I want 10 gallons, I need two bags. – So I’d like to see some common sizes. Lot’s and lot’s of people have
30 gallon Brute trash cans or whatnot they mix their salt in. A 30 gallon pouch or think
about common tank sizes, 120, I want to do a 15 gallon water change or percent on there or
percent water change. So get some common sizes out there. Five is nice but I think a lot of people would like single uses. I know I just fill my bin
up to this level with water, dump this salt in every time. I barely even need to use my hydrometer or refractometer at that
point because I know that this matches up to how
much salt I do every time. It probably changes a little bit based on humidity in the salt and whatnot, but not more then you’d think. I’d like to so that more. I think Two Little Fishes really got brave and stepped out in that front, let’s step it up again. – There’s a few other ones out there that’s not a single individual uses but Red Sea has a 55 gallon bucket, Tropic Marin has an 80 gallon bucket, AquaForce has a smaller size also. So those can be beneficial
to some people, but man, I just love to rip open a
pouch and that’s all I need. – In my house, I’ll definitely have a 60 or an 80 gallon water
bin to mix my salt in. So if I can buy those little sizes and just dump the whole
thing in and be done with it, it’s absolutely worth the
extra few bucks for me. – Yeah. For sure. – If it’s in a bag or a bucket, I prefer actually bags because I don’t have to waste that bucket or have them pile up and
fill up my trash can. After you have a few,
you don’t need anymore. – True. – So, the next one is
get rid of the crud, man! Just get rid of the crud in all off the salts that
have brown stuff in it. Some of us are willing to tolerate it and then it builds up in there, but you know what, nobody want’s it. There isn’t a single person out there who’s like “more crud”. Not one person. – No this is one when were
were kinda researching that investigative testing,
we did on salt mixes, you go over to Reef2Reef, and you can see threads of people who share the bottom of
their Brute trash can and share the bottom
of their mixing barrels and you can see just how
rampant this problem is where it’s just a build
up of stuff in the bottom and some people are concerned about it, some people less so. – We kinds just thought it was normal. – Yeah. – I know I thought it was normal. We’ve been cleaning out
our water bins here forever and I just felt like, I don’t know what this happens
with almost every salt, actually it happened with
every salt that we did until we found this guy. – Yeah. True. – And so every salt that we had used, it always did some form of crud in there and we go though a lot of
water here so it matters. But even in my house, I’m
mixing up the salt in the bins and once and a while you just
see all of it gets stirred up. It just feels normal until you
realize that it isn’t normal or maybe it is normal but
there is an option out there or options that I don’t have to have that. I’d be awesome if, I think it’s probably mostly
in the sodium chloride, so pick a better grade of
sodium chloride that goes in it because that makes up a vast majority of the salt that goes in there. – It’s a good place to start. – Yeah and let’s up the game. – I mean if you get rid of the crud and you start being transparent in some of the things that
you’re putting in there and maybe make some smaller batch sizes and then back it up with
some truth in advertising on how much this makes in real life. Do all that and how much is
that going to cost you a month in addition? For some of these more economical salts, probably a difference of
four or five bucks a month. – I bet you could do all of those things that we’re asking for and increase the cost of the
salt maybe five bucks a month. Everybody wins, we all
get a better product. sO that’s what we hope to see for 2020 and we’ll see if the
same salts win next year. So for the full library
of all the salt videos that we did this year including
all the tests we did in 2019 you can go to the website, it’s in the category header of
all the pages on the website. Little video link, or you can go over right
here and there is a hotlink right to that page. You can find all the
information we’ve done on salt. So check it out.

74 thoughts on “Which Salt Mix is the BEST for our saltwater tanks?! We share our picks for Best of 2019!

  1. Best of 2019 Featured Gear!

    ➡ Tropic Marin Pro : https://brs.li/BRS_TropicMarin_Pro

    ➡ ESV B-Ionic Seawater System : https://brs.li/BRS_ESV_SeawaterSystem

    ➡ Red Sea Coral Pro : https://brs.li/BRS_RedSea_CoralPro

    ➡ Instant Ocean Standard : https://brs.li/BRS_InstantOcean_Standard

  2. I'm with you guys, the reason I use IORC is the ease of use. I use a 44g brute can and when I mix 40g I can just open up a bag out of my 200 box and dump it. No measuring for me, when I can do the same with the other salts, then I'll think about switching.

  3. If your looking at cost, the 200 gallon box of IO Sea Salt is about $0.32/gal and IO Reef Crystals is only $0.36/gal (the 200 gallon box costs the same as the 160 gallon bucket)

  4. Tropic Marin mixes clear and clean,no crud on the bottom or in the water column, that has to help prolong the operating lifespan of filtering equipment..enough said.

  5. If you have your tank set up nice with a nitrate reactor and you dont have to do allot of water changes beacuse you dose with calc and mag use tropic marin
    If you do allot of water changes and want to save money I'd go for the next best brand I'm not sure what is on the market at the moment I've been out of the industry for a few years but I've always liked the red sea
    Instant ocean is cheap and dirty and the quality control is not consistent
    Tropic maric uses medical grade quality control to endure each batch is the same

  6. Red Sea Coral Pro comes recommended to use less than 4 hours after the start of mixing. How can you you seem to act like it doesn’t mix fast ?

  7. The problem I have with ESV (and I use b-ionic as my two part) is the 50 gallon mix kit. You can’t make 75 gallons or 40 gallons. The flexibility just isn’t there. Great vids. Keep them coming. Can’t wait for the new tank series.

  8. I don't think it necessarily needs to be small pouches just some sort of division within the total amount. For example that's what I like about Instant Ocean 200 Gallon box. There is 4, 50 Gallon bags inside. I use a separate bucket and open each 50 gallon bag into it as needed. No worry about moisture creeping in and causing clumping if I had one big batch of 200 gallons of salt using it over the course of months.

  9. Thank you for this. I've been using Instant Ocean for years but felt like I wasn't getting the best results. I had to take my tank down 2 years ago and am getting it set back up. I want to do everything correctly from the start. This video has helped me pick the salt I want to use and I'll be ordering that on payday this week. All your time and efforts with testing all aspects of this hobby are really appreciated.

  10. What happened to the HW Marine salt? A year ago that was the BRS go to used in all the tanks and now it doesn’t even hit the board.

  11. Tropic Marin rep, Lou , first class guy, smart, knowledgeable, all around great guy, talked to him on Sunday at Macna, you know , when u guys pussed out and ran because of the usual weather channel hype, do u realize that over 40 vendors left, what an embarrassing show!

  12. First I have really seen the ESV salt. Could you mix the sodium chloride and let the mix sit without adding the Alk, cal and mag to prevent any decrease in potency over time? Then add the elements right before use?

  13. 25 gallon batch bags in the five gallon buckets or boxes would be awesome I know a couple of companies are doing 50 gallon bags this would be nice if they all would do this or at least Tropic Marin 😁

  14. I had read that at least for reef crystals it contains something to bind heavy metals and that is part of what makes the brown crud.

  15. Esv has always been a wonder to me anyone who I saw use their products tank does amazing. I am a purple box guy not because it’s cheap but because it was first and it works times 3.

  16. Crud in salts… You might consider that many companies are using evaporative pools to remove the water.. and then you get atmospheric crud deposited on the salt.. and then it gets dried, stirred and packaged.. so I can see like sand particles and atmospheric dust.. or nuclear fallout in our salts..

  17. Switching to tropic marine after watching this video I used red sea coral pro for 2 years now and have experienced extreme inconsistency in there salt. Ordered 2 big buckets last night

  18. It comes down to tank size, for me. I just have a 20 gallon, so I can afford to go big and get Red Sea. A 50 lb bucket will literally last me 2 years. However, if I had a 100 gallon tank, I may want to budget a bit more and go with reef crystals. Consider also that bigger tanks are easier to dose with supplements and 2 parts which are generally cheaper than the salts.

  19. Oddly good since most of the forums drive me totally crazy. People always want to know every fine detail, I think people just want easy tested answers or at least a general guide. Thank you BRS 😀

  20. Some specify they make, 160 gallons per bucket but at a salinity of 1.022 so they’re not claiming to make 160 gallons of 1.026 so basically they are telling u on the label if you make you salinity higher u will get less gallons. So imo they just need to change the numbers to show how many gallons a customer will get at a salinity of 1.026.

  21. I really wonder how you guys never test the fritz just because you don’t sell them! And I’m starting to think that either this is business that you are profiting from the sales of the your winner salt OR you guys actually own it 🙂 if you guys are REALLY looking to find the best out of all, you should test all salts including fritz as well, just so it doesnt seem like you are trying to promote your own fav salt 🙌🏻

  22. I’ve been going back and forth on switching salts. Watched this video twice now and just ordered two buckets of the Tropic Marin from BRS! Hopefully I see a difference compared to RSBB that I’ve been using

  23. My thing is, pick a salt that closely matches your tank parameters. This way come water change day you won’t shock your fish or coral with the new water parameters. For this reason I switched from tropic Marin pro to HW reefer salt. Ever since the switch my tank is much healthier and the corals don’t shrivel on change day either. I also didn’t like having to dose alkalinity in my mixing bucket when using tropic Marin pro because it’s at around 7dkh and I’m after a 8-8.5 -Just my personal experience with Marin pro.

  24. That chart at 1:35 is awesome and eye opening. Manufactures all say this bucket makes x amount of gallons but its all at different specific gravity. Didn't realize tropic and red sea where that close in price per gallon. I will say while I pretty much buy everything from you guys expect salt. You are competitive on the high end salt but I use the "get the job done salt". I literally just bought reef crystals for 35$ as oppose to the 63$ you listed on the chart. If it ever gets close to that 50 cents a gallon you stated tropic is the clear winner then!

  25. The 'crud', even if harmless, is a big problem for those of us doing AWC through smaller gauge tube (such as Murlok through a DOS pump). I am pretty much going to be forced to move away from Red Sea Pro as it took me about 3 days to descale (or 'de-crud) about 30' of difficult to access tubing (yes the mixing tank is covered as well but that isn't as problematic). I otherwise like the salt but just can't worry about this.

  26. Whatever you do DO NOT USE Instant Ocean Sea salt….. For months was battling ammonia had high nitrate levels.. Did 20% water change every 2 days and still ammonia 0.25-0.50 and Nitrate 100+ Did almost everything under sun to fix issue. Was about to give it up and then it occurred to me what if..
    Tested my RO water 0 ammonia 0 nitrate 0nitrite.
    Tested my ATO RO water 0 ammonia 0 nitrate.
    Tested saltwater mix day after mix 0.5 ammonia 0 nitrate. after 3 days 1.0 ammonia 0 nitrate.
    Mixed in another bucket just to rule out leaching
    Same results ammonia 0.5- 10 ammonia 0 nitrate.
    All this time I was just keep adding ammonia and of course it was broken down by beneficial bacteria to nitrate.
    I wish I doubted quality of that salt right away… Never imagined that Instant ocean salt is no good. No wonder it is cheaper. Would not use it even if its FREE.

  27. Looking to start a reef tank and to have soft corals to begin with? Can I use salt made for marine fish like the normal Instant Oceans salt, or would they benefit the added calcium and magnesium, etc in the Reef Crystals?

  28. Thanks for proving what I've known for a long time thru real world trials. Way too many people don't listen to results.

  29. It's a shame that you didn't include Quantum probiotic salt it's the best salt I've ever used and I've used quite a few of the list you tested. It's a quick dissolver leaves no residue, ICP tested and batch for batch exactly the same, and gives the right quantity per bucket depending on what you sg is.

  30. Inatant oceon says it makes 160 gallons at 1.021. You guys tested the measurements at 1.025. So youre way wrong in claiming instant oceon doesnt make the amount advertised. It says it right on the damn bucket dudes. It in fact makes EXCACTLY 160 gallons at 1.021

  31. Would u advise swapping from red sea blue bucket to the pro reef salt ? Only problem i see with single use packets is more plastic in ocean

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