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Old 01-12-2013, 08:40 PM   #1341
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Reef Crystals always leaves a nasty brown residue in my mixing drum. That, and Seachem Reef salt.
Ok... What do you use? .... My coral pro leaves a white residue ...i always think that its leaving alot of the good stuff behind..thats even with two powerheads running
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I still use it, but also use oceanic, red sea coral pro, kent, coralife....I generally alternate. My thinking is what one lacks, another will make up for.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:07 PM   #1343
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I still use it, but also use oceanic, red sea coral pro, kent, coralife....I generally alternate. My thinking is what one lacks, another will make up for.
Thats an interesting philosophy ... I have the reef crystals coming which ill try out but here again id like to. Try others too just to have some actual hands on use...do you ever just mix 'em all up together as a project " x" salt mix ( couldnt resist sorry ) or do you just let one bucket totally run out before switching over?
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:44 PM   #1344
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Thats a high recommendation coming from you....thank you... In your system you prob change 45-90 gals weekly ?
I do not change but 40 gallons of the 450 every other week. I dose and monitor constantly.

The reef crystals leaves some calcium deposits in my mixing drum, but have not seen any brown residue. Use to use Instant Ocean, but it turned into concrete once the bucket was opened. Didn't have enough calcium once my corals took off. I should think all the major brands are pretty similar. Some have more calcium than others.
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Dary, I usually use one bucket then change to another unless I see an issue. This time I bought Red Sea Coral Pro and Oceanic. I will be alternating those since oceanic has low Alk.

I will take a picture of the gunk in my mixing barrel.....
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I get the Brown residue in my mixing can with the regular instant ocean. Haven't had any brown stuff using the reef crystals yet. Can't really say reef crystals are good or bad yet since my reef is still young but so far everytime I test I have 440 ca. 10 dkh and 1400-1450 mag. So far so good .
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:18 PM   #1347
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I was using reef crystals too but wanted to try another brand after I too was getting a lot of deposits in my mixing container. I switched to Aqua Vitro Salinity and everything so far loves it. Been using it for about fix months now.
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I Ist switched from io to kent. In terms of mixing up it is so much better to mix and the residue is gone.
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May have to try Kent sometime. Reef Crystals does leave some residue, but all salt mixes I tried left some. Haven't used Kent though.

Don't need a picture of residue, I certainly believe you, I have just seen white calcium deposited, can't imagine what the brown stuff is.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:32 PM   #1350
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It kinda looks like everyone is searching for just that perfect salt mix ( if it even exist ) I'll prob try the kent mix next if the reef crystals don't do it or me... It's kind of like I'm not really sure what I'm looking for but I'll know when I find it
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