Reef Mineral Salt is required to use with calcium chloride and sodium bicarbonate. If you are running calcium reactor there is no need to use Reef Mineral Salt.
An agent for maintaining constant levels of minerals in reef aquariums. Using Reef Mineral Salt is one of the most important elements during supplementation of calcium chloride and sodium bicarbonate (i.e. Balling Method). Lack of Reef Mineral Salt supplementation leads to dangerous minerals deficiency. Long-term shortages of micro and macronutrients result with excessive slowdown of growth and invalid, pale colouration of corals.
Dosage: Dissolve 25 g in 1000 ml RODI water. In order to maintain ionic balance, it is recommended to apply also: Calcium, KH Buffer and Magnesium, which doses should be established based on water tests and daily corals’ consumption. Reef Mineral Salt can be combined in one solution with Calcium or Magnesium.
Solution of Reef Mineral Salt should be dosed with the same liquid-amounts as solutions of Calcium and KH Buffer.
Worth knowing: Reef Mineral salt dosing cannot be treated as an equivalent of important water changes, which are still necessary.
The Aquaforest Balling process (Component 123+) includes Reef Mineral Salt as the third dosing part. I use a calcium reactor and was wondering if I am missing out on anything by not dosing it.
It is a common misconception among reefers that administering NaCl free salt is primarily supposed to replenish trace elements. The main task of Sodium Chloride free salt is to maintain ionic balance of aquarium water. NaCl free salt is one of the most important components of the Balling method, and it plays a significant role when Calcium Chloride and Sodium Bicarbonate supplementation is in place. The use of NaCl free salt is not so common any more, and application of the Balling method is often limited to 2 or sometimes 3 of its main components. This approach will probably not cause any problems for several weeks or even months, but in the meantime the chemical reactions that take place in the marine aquarium will lead to a deficit of trace elements.