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Getting Salty

A Breakdown of Salts We Use

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Red Sea Salt

Our top pick for coral enthusiasts

  1. Natural and eco-friendly

  2. Reliable and consistent batches

  3. Mixes around 8.0 ppm alkalinity and 400 ppm calcium

  4. Low moisture content and stores well

  5. During our salt comparison experiments we found our corals to be healthier with much better coloration. 

Reef Pro Mix

  1. Synthetic salt

  2. Reliable batches

  3. Mixes usually around 8 ppm alkalinity and 400 ppm  calcium

  4. Takes a little more time to mix until cloudiness is gone but has enhanced buffers to help after mixing

  5. Comes in four smaller sacks in a box to make mixing a little easier for large tanks


NeoMarine Salt

  1. Synthetic salt based in America

  2. Mixes quickly

  3. Alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium were a little low in each batch

  4. Comes in a large 5 gallon bucket (150 gallon)

Instant Ocean


  1. Synthetic salt

  2. Most affordable

  3. More reliable batches than the other version (reef crystals)

  4. Mixes slow, but stores the longest; leaves a brown residue more than most salts.

  5. Tests a little higher in alkalinity in most batches

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Red Sea carries a black bucket, and Fritz a Red box, that will test higher in alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium.
(Refer to "testing the tanks parameters" to learn about the importance of these parameters).
We recommend these salts for tanks larger than 50 gallons or when your tank is at a point where water changes are not replenishing parameters to its natural levels.
This will also reduce the amount of supplements needed to be dosed into the tank. Different brands, and even same brands just different buckets or boxes, can differ which is why we highly recommend testing the first batch of your chosen salt and comparing it to your tanks levels before doing water changes. This is also why we recommend not pulling out more than about 20% water during a water change. This will in turn reduce the amount of stress to your corals.   

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