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Old 01-12-2007, 10:47 PM   #11
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I use the RC mix. It has good Alk usually 11 dkh The Ca level about 370. I mix using RO/DI water.
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Old 01-12-2007, 11:07 PM   #12
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It sounds like RC is what most are using....

I'm suprised, I figured it would have the same issues as IO since it's made by the same company...

There was an article I read that tested the difference between RC and IO and said there was little to no difference...

But If the people doing the testing are using the same test kits that we use, god only knows how accurate the results really are...

These stupid test kits are far from a distinctive answer. The colors never match, and 1/2 the time the color from one to another are only a slight shade difference. (I wish there was a handheld computer that you could stick in a probe and it would give you accurate readings of all your parameters)

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i am sure there is lol but it would cost a fortune. my dad works at a place where they have all the pinpoint calibrated machines to test levels of evrything. he was going to pick me up a refractometer from his work but i had already ordered one. i am leaning towards the reef cyrstals now. i am also suprised that it is the leading brand when it is made by a the same company as a crapy brand of salt. red sea also makes a reef variety of there salt. i wonder what the quality of that is.
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Old 01-12-2007, 11:36 PM   #14
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i am sure there is lol but it would cost a fortune. my dad works at a place where they have all the pinpoint calibrated machines to test levels of evrything. he was going to pick me up a refractometer from his work but i had already ordered one. i am leaning towards the reef cyrstals now. i am also suprised that it is the leading brand when it is made by a the same company as a crapy brand of salt. red sea also makes a reef variety of there salt. i wonder what the quality of that is.
It'd be worth it.

I've paid a couple of hundred dollars for all my test kits in the last year, and at best i get "It could be this, but maybe this, because none of the colors match, and many colors are very close together, so Your guess is as good as mine - Signed, Your Liquid test kit"

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I wish there was a handheld computer that you could stick in a probe and it would give you accurate readings of all your parameters
This might fit the bill, http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2005/6/review
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Old 01-13-2007, 01:15 PM   #16
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see, what i dont get is why io and reef crystals would be so different. they are both made by the same exact company, and are identicle except for the front of the bag. so why would they make a ****** salt and a good salt at the same plant? i just switched to rc, but i am sceptical about any company that would produce crap and sell it right next to the supposed "better" product. personally i have not seen any difference, but then again it 's only been a pwc or too since then so well see.
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I dont think they are the same. The IO is more of a All SW salt while the Reef crystals is more of a formula to benefit corals, anenomes and other reef inhabitants. I dont use either one but this is what I have read. This is what IO says about them. There is a difference

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Reef Crystals® enriched blend sea salt contains extra levels of calcium, vitamins, and selected trace elements. Developed for use in sophisticated reef aquariums, it was the first enriched sea water formulation available to aquarium hobbyists. The inclusion of important components at concentrations greater than in natural seawater assures extended availability of substances that are assimilated and depleted especially quickly in thriving reef aquariums. A special additive helps to detoxify excess heavy metals, such as copper, that are often found at elevated levels in domestic water supplies. Reef Crystals® salt provides superior dissolvability and is compatible with all marine aquariums. We use only the most sophisticated biological and chemical test methods to develop and refine our formulas, and Reef Crystals® sea salt is no exception. Every batch is carefully analyzed to guarantee composition, consistency, and uniformity. Reef Crystals® is available in 10, 25, 50, and 160 gallon sizes.
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Old 01-13-2007, 03:47 PM   #18
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i wonder how many salt production plants there really are out there? i have a hard time picturing there being much difference production wise between these and all other salts. maybe they add a dash of something to it, or something along those lines, but would they really have 2 seperate plants producing almost the same exact thing? i'm just sayin...
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i use IO, i do have some of the red glass algae.

IO says it contains no phosphates doesn't it, thought that would keep the algae down
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Everyone that I know that uses IO has cyano problems. Saying that IO and RC are made by the same company so they must both be crappy doesn't make alot of sense. Remember the Aveo and the Corvette Z06 are made by the same company. RC may not be the absolute best salt on the market, but I think it's a hell of a value, only a few dollars more a bucket than IO. The number of people using it speak for it.
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