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Reef Crystals Reef Salt

Contains elements, vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy shells.
Overall rating:
3.4 / 5
3.4
 / 
5
(5 reviews) 5
3 of 5(60%)customers recommend this product.
Reviews for Reef Crystals Reef Salt
Review 1 for Reef Crystals Reef Salt
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5 5 reviews

could be better

January 9, 2009
by VTgobie
fromShaftsbury,VT
What is your gender?F
How many pets do you have?5 or more
How often do you shop at PetSmart?Monthly
Performance 
2 / 5
2 / 5 5 reviews
Quality 
2 / 5
2 / 5 5 reviews
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5 5 reviews
I've been using reef crystals for well over 5 years. When I first started using it the parameters weren't that bad. Lately, when I test new batches of make up water, the tests for calcium, alk and ph have been way off. I've also got a really bad case of hair algae and chrysophyte outbreak. The last 5 bags that I have gotten have numerous brown specs dispersed through out te bag. The calcium is said to be around 420, my last 4 bags barely got calcium @ 380 ppm, alk is supposed to be 12, my bags tested at 7. There have been quite a few complaints about the quality of the mix over the last few months. It does mix fairly well,but the low tests are annoying. I will be switching to another brand
Pros: mixes fairly well, good pirce
Cons: low calcium and magnesium
+1point
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Review 2 for Reef Crystals Reef Salt
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5 5 reviews

NOT for R/O water

March 10, 2007
by Dilla
fromChristopher, Illinois
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5 5 reviews
Quality 
4 / 5
4 / 5 5 reviews
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5 5 reviews
Reef Crystals are very usefull especially to the beginning to intermediate marine aquarist that has a desire to establish and maintain a reef set up. I have only ventured into the reef tank portion of the hobby for a year now but have had awesome results with this product. Reef Crystals are formulated with Extra calcium, trace elements and vitamins to maintain a thriving reef system. This makes additions of other chemicals much less frequent and helps to stabilize the over all balance of your tank. Upon my initial start of reef keeping many of my local shops and gray haired experts pointed out that when using R/O water (reverse osmosis) that a standard salt mix with out the extras was a must in order to keep from fighting with the parameters of your water. With this in mind Reef Crystals can beneficial to all reef aquarist.
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Review 3 for Reef Crystals Reef Salt
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5 5 reviews

Abosolutely horrible

November 4, 2006
by Damon
fromAuburn Hills, MI
Performance 
1 / 5
1 / 5 5 reviews
Quality 
1 / 5
1 / 5 5 reviews
Ease of Use 
1 / 5
1 / 5 5 reviews
I reluctantly am writing this review after many, many years of using IO and also Reef Crystals. I cannot say for sure that anyone elses experience will be like mine, but I am simply giving a warning to others that may have a similar experience.
I have been reefkeeping for years, and always used these two products. I was constantly battling hair algea, after using R/O water I produced with an add on DI cartridge(and the TDS reading coming out of the meter for the raw water was 0.00), using Phosguard to keep the Phosphates to a minimum and more. It was like I would get my levels down, and then all of a sudden, the algea would come back. I used all of the tricks of cutting my light hours down, using bluer spectrum bulbs and much, much more.
I recently(July 30,2006) setup a 10 gallon tank and as usual, used IO. I was greeted after 3 weeks to a nice hair algea matt. I then decided that I would begin testing. I had always tested my phosphates and recieved higher than acceptable levels, so I then began testing raw components. I tested the tank water and it came up to .5 since it had been running with the Phosguard for a day or so. I then once again, checked my raw water for Phosphates and Nitrates, etc. All the time I had been reefkeeping, it never occured to me to test either freshly made water, or water that had been aerated overnight, but today I did. From the raw water that tested 0 phosphates, I mixed some IO and then reef crystals to 1.024 and recieved a reading of .5. I then let the water sit overnight and tested again and same results. I then said what did I have to loose and purchased some other salt(Oceanic), brought it home, did the same test and phosphate was zero after being mixed. I have been using the Oceanic since and will at times mix with Tropic Marin if I can get it, but mostly I use the Oceanic. The tank has been setup for 3 months and two days, and since approximately 4 days after I did that initial water change with the Oceanic, I have not seen hair algea since. The corals I have are doing great, they stay open, and I don't dose the tank or feed the tank heavily. The only thing I add to the tank is Purple Up by CaribSea, and things have been looking and growing wonderfully. No longer do I have to test Calcium and other parameters because they simply are stable and do not fluctuate to be honest.
What is my point? Simply if you have been bombarded by hair and other algea and are using IO or Reef Crystals(same mfg), test the raw saltwater and then go buy a small bag of another salt, mix it up, and see the results. I think you may be a bit suprised. Also, if you are tired of buying products to add to the tank to keep levels high or make them high enough for things to truly grow, investigate and you also may be suprised at how easy a tank can be once you have a nice, stable base as far as salt is concerned.
Also, the Aquarium Systems products(IO and Reef Crystals) are some of the most difficult as far as mixing is concerned compared to other salts I have been using. I would simply stir and stir and stir, and still have a small pile of salt at the bottom of the mixing bucket. No longer plagued with that problem either, and the water is crystal(unbelievably so) clear.
Hope this helps someone, and I am simply sharing my experiences with this IMHO money and time waste.
D
+3points
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Ratings-only reviews for Reef Crystals Reef Salt
Based on the average of (2) ratings-only reviews
Overall rating 
4.5 / 5
4.5 / 5 5 reviews
2 out of 2 recommend this product