Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 01-19-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 409
reef crystals vs regular instant ocean

Does anyone prefer one to the other. I use the regular and would like to use reef crystals if they keep mag alk and calcium inline. I've red that the reef crystals have an alk of like 13 ir so with a low level of calcium. Does anyone find this to be true?

Jason M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 640
I like reef crystals better, I have had better Coraline algae growth since I switched from insta ocean. although if you get down to it salt is salt lol it really does not make a difference what one you use.

Tomchong22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 10:20 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Sunny South Florida
Posts: 274
RC has higher levels of trace elements like calcium and magnesium geared more for reef tanks. IO is more geared for fish only tanks. If you use IO on a reef tank, youll have to supplement certain elements to get the desired levels for your corals and such.
Spotted is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2012, 07:02 AM   #4
SW 20 & Over Club
ccCapt's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 5,365
Send a message via ICQ to ccCapt
You may find this quote by Randy Holmes-Farley interesting....
what is the best salt - Reef Central Online Community
"I do not think there is a "best" salt mix. Nearly all of them will work fine as long as you know their pros and cons.

I don't want excessive borate, which leaves out Seachem.

I don't want vitamins or anything else organic in my mix (because I doubt their utility, they degrade with time to who knows what, bacteria may thrive on them as I store new salt water for a substantial period, they are totally undescribed with respect to amounts or identity, they are often not naturally present in natural seawater at appreciable levels, and because I've occasionally had them mess with my skimmer), so that tosses out some like Reef Crystals, hW Marinemix Plus BioElements, Kent, Coralife, and Nutri-SeaWater.

I don't want excessive calcium (long term use of limewater as I use drives up calcium, so I do not want it starting high), so that tosses out a bunch, such as Kent, Seachem, Coralife and Oceanic.

There are certain companies that I will not support due to their misleading claims and/or product lines. That tosses out a few which I won't detail here since it is my personal thought as opposed to a specific issue with their salt mix.

I won't use certain lines of natural seawater due to excessive metals in it.

That only leaves a few to choose from, such as Instant Ocean and Tropic Marin Pro. The remaining ones might all be fine for me, but IO is lower in cost, especially if you get it when it goes on sale (which it frequently does). It also has a very long track record of success in many aquaria with relatively few concerning issues of bad batches."
125g reef
See My Tank Info
Check out The build project
ccCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2012, 08:12 PM   #5
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 409
The thing about the regular io is that I can control what my levels are which is a plus
Jason M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 02:44 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
PrettyFishies's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 1,689
IO reef crystals from DR Fosters when they have a shipping sale. Always get the big 200g box. I order two at a time when they're on sale.

125 gal mixed REEF
PrettyFishies is offline   Reply With Quote

crystal, instant ocean, reef, reef crystals, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Marine Aquatic Conference of Illinois jcarlilesiu Midwest & the Dakotas 1 01-18-2012 10:40 AM
Reef crystals? Mudzie Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 8 11-08-2011 09:00 AM
Instant Ocean Vs Red Sea? msuhaizie Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 3 10-23-2011 08:39 AM
Instant ocean lifeguard Missjmeide Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 0 09-25-2011 10:25 PM
Aquarium Instant Ocean Bio-Spira - Any Good? LarryS Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 6 09-14-2011 06:26 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:35 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.