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    FYI: Marine Salt Ammonia Concentrations..

    I briefly mentioned that Instant Ocean Salt had detectable ammonia in another thread.





    By no means, does this mean that you should stop using Instant Ocean salt. This is just a handy chart to know what's in your salt.
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    ahh there's all kindsa goodies in there.

    I'm not worried about ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate which are all present when you freshly mix salt.. likely even testable with our kits.

    This is one of the many reasons why you don't want to do massive water changes if you don't have to. In reasonable amounts (less than 40% for example) are all probably easily handleable by the system. In fact, might actually be a treat to some oragnisms. Clams for example. I remember looong time ago I was shocked to see how much nitrate was in fresh salt water.

    Also, if you have a bucket you use regularly to make salt, leaving the salt in in for a few days will probably burn up the ammonia & nitrite.. you'd be surprized. I get brown sludge accumulating in my buckets that I use for salt making. I've also left salt for long periods (circulating) in holding tanks before using it for a water change.

    Anyway, off topic now.. Good info TM.
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    Hmm...

    What makes me wonder, is that I still have detectable ammonia in my freshly mixed water that's aged a week or more.

    I always try to age my saltwater several days before a waterchange anways.

    Thanks for the insight though.
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    Sure thing..

    I've got a batch of salt sitting in a 20gal pail for like errr, 2+ months.. I'll try and test it if I remember.

    Either way, even if it does have ammonia, your tank will quickly get rid of it. Do your water change, then wait 30mins and do an ammonia test.
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    Tang Man did you ever figure out what happened when your system crashed?
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    Hey Reeferboy,

    Thanks for asking. Unfortunately, I never did find out why the system crashed. I sent my salt in to Aquarium Systems for them to test, however, all they did was test it for ammonia (which tested .2). They never bothered testing it for anything else.

    I'll never know at this point.
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    I noticed you had Kent salt rated highest there. I strictly run Kent salt but have never tested it for Ammonia....All I know is I leave it mixed with RO for a day with temp and circulation and it's been absolutely fine. Guess the cycle turns it over fast. I usually do a check a few hours after the WC and it's always perfect (or damn close to)
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    Vince,
    You quickly referanced the BioAssay brand in another thread yesterday or this morning and the problems people had with it. You might be interesed to know that even Matt had tried a bunch of it with some of his customers and he started to have all kinds of bleaching problems in a bunch of tanks. Needless to say, he has completely stopped using it!!

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    True, but those people had problems when switching from another brand...

    I think I read that IJO's been running BioAssay with no problems, am I correct?
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    When you say BioAssay .... do you mean the Cryystal Sea marinemix? if so.. then yes... and I had switched over from Instand Ocean(most of the problems were reported from this switch). No ill effects at all.. everything is doing great.

    I switched over for no reason... IO salt was doing great.. I just had 4 buckets of this Marinemix handy and decided to give it a try.

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