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Using reef salt in a freshwater aquarium?

I have a spare bucket of reef salt that I was not pleased with the parameters for my reef. When adding salt (rarely) for improved stress coat, would using reef salt be fine in place of FW aquarium salts?

I understand their are increased mineral levels is the reef salt which may cause algae or what not, but any other issues anyone can think of?


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Freshwater aquarium salt is just plain old rock salt. Straight up NaCl. The reef stuff probably at least has pH and hardness buffers that will change more of your water's chemistry. How much and how bad? I'm not sure, but seems like it might lead to trouble in regards to maintaining stable parameters in your freshwater tank

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Although I suppose it's subject to on-going debate, but I've never used any salt in a FW aquarium and I've been in the hobby some 50 years.
I suppose it might be used with temperature in a hospital tank (although I've never had to use it) to treat disease, but never in a 'normal' tank. I'd especially be worried about using it in a planted tank...unless it was deliberately brackish.

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Reef salt works just fine. I have done similar stuff when I just need a small amount of salt for something in the FW hobby. If your using reef salt to creat a brackish water tank, I'd consider it even better that "aquarium salt".

One downside, if your using salt for cleaning, reef salt can leave behind more residue than aquarium salt. That because of all the other salts in reef salt.
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