- Pro Reef Salt Mix - Tropic Marin
Pharmaceutical Grade Salt for the Modern Aquaria!
Designed to meet the strict requirements of reef aquariums, Tropic Marin Pro Reef Salt mix contains optimized levels of calcium and magnesium while keeping the correct pH value and a balance of all 70 trace elements required by corals to grow and thrive. Pro-Reef is the ideal start to any new tank from fish only to a full-blown reef tank, not to mention when used as the salt for your water changes, it will help re-equilibrate the pH of the tank, allowing the proper balance of carbonates to bicarbonates leading to faster overall coral growth.
- Mixes fast & clear
- Helps stabilize pH
- Made from pharmaceutical materials
- Suitable for systems using a calcium reactor
- Optimizes calcium & magnesium
- Contains all major and minor elements
- Perfect for fish only or coral reef aquariums
- Does not contain unwanted nitrates or phosphates
Two Sizes Available
- 80 Gallon Mix
- 200 Gallon Mix
- Alkalinity - 7
- Calcium - 440 ppm
- Magnesium - 1350 ppm
We suggest starting with 1/2 Cups of Tropic Marin Pro Reef Salt per 1 Gallon of RODI water. For the best results, the water should be circulating and at a temperature of 73-77 °F. Once the water is up to temperature and circulating, slowly adding the appropriate amount of salt will allow it to fully dissolve quickly without creating any concentrated areas where precipitation may occur.
When you have added almost all of the salt and the mixture is fully dissolved and clear, start measuring the specific gravity with a refractometer or similar instrument. Keep adding small amounts of salt until the specific gravity is the value you desire. The specific gravity of the sea salt solution should range from 1.025 to 1.027 (at 73-77 °F / 23-25 °C) and the pH -value should be in the range of 8.0 – 8.4. If all parameters are correct, the salt water is ready to use.
Note: Always add the salt to the water, never the water to the salt.
Almost perfect By Aaron on 2/12/2020Aaron wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI switched over to Tropic Marin Pro on September 15 2019 and it's February 12 2020 as I write this (a couple days short of five months). The salt mixes up clear very quickly and the parameters have been pretty spot on with what BRS claims (also where I keep my tank). My mixing station (55g containers) are still spotless inside. By all accounts, it is a fantastic salt with the exception of the price tag. Our 75g acropora dominant reef has been maintained with weekly water changes of 10-20 gallons weekly; increasing over time as demand increased in the tank (using just over 2 dKh of soda ash daily at time of writing this review). I dosed 2-part the entire time but used magnesium levels to dictate water change amounts (rational being that the other macro and micro elements were probably being deplete proportionately and ICP analysis mostly supported this). So after 5 months of using Tropic Marin, there is absolutely no difference in the appearance or growth rate of the corals which is why I dock a star (value). At literally twice what I pay for Instant Ocean (what I used for the three years prior to this) at any local retailer and nothing to show in regard to results in tank, I'm having a hard time justifying the use of Tropic Marin. The only plus for me is that I dont have to add muriatic acid to bring the alkalinity down like I was with Instant Ocean. The 2 minutes I save by not having to add 50ml of muriatic acid to my mixing container as I dump a bag of Instant Ocean into the water isn't worth the extra $50 I'm paying for the salt (usually $60-63 more than I pay for a box of Instant Ocean because I typically buy it when it goes on sale). I'm gonna try one more bucket, which should last about two months just to give it a fair chance but if you're making a change hoping for something magical to happen, it wont (if you're coming from Instant Ocean at least). Again, outside of price, I have only positive things to say about the salt. Build thread for the tank can be found on R2R here: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/office-tranquility-75g.312225/
Just Awesome By Edward on 2/2/2020Edward would recommend this product to a friendMy corals appear to be 'happier' using this salt, while others just were just 'ok.'
Cleanest Salt By Arnel on 1/30/2020Arnel would recommend this product to a friendIve been reefing since 2010 and I’ve tried instant ocean regular, reef crystals, Red Sea blue bucket, Red Sea pro, and now tropic Marin pro. Tropic Marin pro is by far the cleanest and easiest to mix and most consistent. I’m never changing salt!
Use it and love it By Daniel on 1/3/2020Daniel would recommend this product to a friendI use various salts. In all honesty most salts have no impact on my reef. It's stable and taken care off by automatic water changes. However, the reason I think this salt is better, is the way it mixes. Warm, cold, hand stirred, it doesnt matter how you mix up the water, it always mixes clean and does NOT clog up my water change lines. Most other salts are much more finicky about how they are mixed or how long I can run a pump. If I'm in a hurry and have to go to work but need to mix up a batch this one never fails to
Clean. Low Alk. By Brady on 12/18/2019Brady would recommend this product to a friendThis salt is so clean. It leaves almost no residue in the mixing container. The alkalinity is low, and the calcium is high. This means no calcification within the container and none (or very little) calcification on the pumps. Highly recommend this salt for beginners and advanced aquarists alike.
The Best - Hands Down By Gail S. on 11/18/2019Gail S. would recommend this product to a friendThe best salt mix out there and I have tried a bunch. My tank holds parameters and looks better than it ever has!
Best Salt Ever By Jamespias on 11/10/2019Jamespias would recommend this product to a friendThis is by far the best salt that I've ever used. It mixes easily and consistently every time. It seems to be well mixed in the bucket when it arrives (no clumps or separation), and it leaves NO residue in my mixing container. I've had a few ICP tests done since switching to this salt and it holds params perfectly. It also maintains and mixes to my preferred DKH at right around 8.1 I don't see myself using a different salt ever.
Salts I've previously used: Red Sea Coral Pro, HW Marine
3/5 - recommend but with caution By Andrew on 11/5/2019Andrew would recommend this product to a friendThe salt is good..however I think its meant for people who will be dosing. I am aware people run stable tanks at 7dkh..but if for some strange reason your DKH dips down to 4-5dkh range you will have a hard time catching up if you don't dose 1part, or 2 part. I think this should be made very clear. 20% water change will not touch a 4-5dkh..it will take some time to get it back to near 7dkh, a few water changes. I think the best solution for people running LPS tanks, or softies and want their dkh around 8-9 Hw-marine is the way to go. Especially when you're buying frags from dealers and you know for a fact they are running their alkalinity a lot higher - you will lose some corals/frags as I did. Mixes great, no residue, however the low DKH is not great for people like me who do not own SPS corals . The ratios are good in this mix, and for good reason - you plan on adding 2 part of 1 part. If you're gonna choose a salt and don't plan on having a mixed reef with a lot of SPS - then choose this one because you will need to dose. If you're straight LPS, torches, zoas, blastos, etc - choose the hwmarine as a higher rated DKH .
review By keila on 10/7/2019keila would recommend this product to a friendI recently transitioned to this salt. I was originally using a other salt that tends to get bad batches. i saw that my sps lost color and were fading when new ones were introduced to my system. I tested every single parameter and all were within limits. 3 days after doing the switch i can see more polp extension and my sps corals seem to just be even happier. so much that one that was completely bleach has the slightest tint of color. after doing more research into this brand i feel i'll continue to use the Tropic Marin Pro salt.
Best Salt By Marco on 9/11/2019Marco would recommend this product to a friendJust started using Tropic Marin and I love it. My coral were starting to die switch to Tropic Marin a month ago and already starting to see the difference.
The best By Nick on 5/26/2019Nick would recommend this product to a friendIve been using TM since the mid 90's. It is still my favorite mix. 80 gal bucket is perfect size for my 75 gal barrel at 35ppm.
Great Product and Brand! By Thefishwhisper on 5/19/2019Thefishwhisper would recommend this product to a friendI've been using Tropic Marin since 2004! They always been the best and my reefs show it! Very trusted and established brand! Don't hesitate to buy!
How is this salt different than the Classic or Bio Activ salt?
The Pro Reef salt is a balanced salt mix with levels for Alk closer to natural seawater. This Alk level is a little lower than some reefers aim for, but is intentionally so for balanced and stable parameters for storage and inside the tank.
The Classic salt has elevated Alkalinity, but lower Calcium and Mag for those who desire higher Alk. There also is a balanced ratio of Alk to Calcium with this salt mix, but in reverse of the Pro Reef, in order to help prevent precipitation.
The Bio-Actif salt is just like the Pro Reef, except it is intentionally higher in Alk and also includes carbon dosing compounds for a "dual purpose" type of salt. This is recommended to be mixed up and used as needed due to the elevated levels of Alk/Ca as well as the potential for carbon dosing compounds to break down over longer term storage.
I have been using this salt for 6 months and just noticed it states it includes all trace elements. I have also been using the Triton Other Method to does calc, alk and mag because it has trace elements. Is my tank getting to many trace elements using both?
Great question! While the salt contains all major, minor, and trace elements that you would find in the ocean it will not supplement or maintain these trace element levels unless you are performing frequent water changes. The Triton supplements are a great way to replenish these levels as they are consumed by your reef system.
Happy reefing! c:
I am considering switching salts to Tropic Marin, but have a question about the two versions. The pro version says it works for calcium reactors ? Yet the reg version doesn’t indicate that. I run a calcium reactor but my alk is more inline with the reg version. Any issues with using the reg version while running a calcium reactor?
Thanks for reaching out to us and great question! The classic salt mix can still be used with a calcium reactor, however it is best to use lower alkalinity salts since you will be supplementing your tank with the calcium reactor anyways. So it is definitely possible, just significantly easier with the classic, If you have any other questions let us know.
Happy reefing! :)