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Old 11-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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Are reef crystals necessary

Are instant ocean reef crystals needed? I have been useing their normal salt for months and my corals thrive, my lfs has a 20% off on all their salt and i am thinking of getting the reef crystals. Do i need it?
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That depends what you are doing IMO. Heavy sps tanks will need higher calc, alk, and mag levels. Though tbh, I wasn't a fan if reef crystals when I used them. Was too hard to mix. Same with regular io. I liked kent, but it left a white ring in my mixing bucket. Currently using Red Sea pro and really like it. Tbh, I think many of is buy what is on sale.
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That's odd, I find reef crystals the easiest to mix, they don't even make it to the bottom of the container most of the time and the water is clear within a minute or two.
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I don't like how reef crystals mixes either. It always leaves a brown residue in my mixing barrel. I'm assuming you are using Instant Ocean at the moment. If you upgrade to a reef grade salt mix your corals will do much better.
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I don't like how reef crystals mixes either. It always leaves a brown residue in my mixing barrel. I'm assuming you are using Instant Ocean at the moment. If you upgrade to a reef grade salt mix your corals will do much better.
How much does it usually sell for? For a 5g bucket? My lfs has it for 60$ and its on sale for 48$. Is this a good price?
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I like Foster and Smith because shipping is free on anything over $50. I've used RC for 10 years (IO before that) and don't have the precipitation problem X describes. It dissolves fast. I haven't cleaned my mixing barrel in a year and there is just a bit of matter on the bottom, mostly calcium. It does have some vitamins added which is controversial, but it is in general much better for SPS. You can easily use IO, but you may need to dose cal/alk if you want SPS using it. Lots of other salts and they all work fine.
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I agree with Greg. You can't buy anything beside IO and reef crystals where I live. I ship in all of my salts from Dr foster and smith.
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I like Foster and Smith because shipping is free on anything over $50. I've used RC for 10 years (IO before that) and don't have the precipitation problem X describes. It dissolves fast. I haven't cleaned my mixing barrel in a year and there is just a bit of matter on the bottom, mostly calcium. It does have some vitamins added which is controversial, but it is in general much better for SPS. You can easily use IO, but you may need to dose cal/alk if you want SPS using it. Lots of other salts and they all work fine.
Ok, i will get some then. I have alot of SPS in my tank so i guess i need it.
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I like Foster and Smith because shipping is free on anything over $50. I've used RC for 10 years (IO before that) and don't have the precipitation problem X describes. It dissolves fast. I haven't cleaned my mixing barrel in a year and there is just a bit of matter on the bottom, mostly calcium. It does have some vitamins added which is controversial, but it is in general much better for SPS. You can easily use IO, but you may need to dose cal/alk if you want SPS using it. Lots of other salts and they all work fine.
I use reef crystals and hate the way they mix but my sps corals (acros, birdsnest, montis) are all growing great. However, I will be switching to Red Sea pro when I run out of reef crystals.
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I use reef crystals and hate the way they mix but my sps corals (acros, birdsnest, montis) are all growing great. However, I will be switching to Red Sea pro when I run out of reef crystals.
Anyone try Fluval Sea? I really like it although it is a bit pricey. It's working well for me in regards to corals looking happy, snails shells growing rapidly, and coralline growth.
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