Does it do it with regular IO also? For some reason I was thinking it was only with Reef Crystals.
So switching would cause me to switch from one residue to another?I used regular IO for 20 years.
I got precipitation of calcium carbonate like other high alk mixes, but not ever the brown crud/film that folks report of Reef Crystals (I suspect it is due to the vitamins, but do not know for sure).
This was the precipitated calcium carbonate that accumulated for years:
What is that Precipitate in My Reef Aquarium? by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
Figure 1. The residue on the bottom of the plastic trash can that I use to mix Instant Ocean. I rarely clean it out. The solid is most likely calcium carbonate.
I'd just deal with the precipitate before messing with lowering the alkalinity. I thought the regular IO didn't have elevated alk.All high alk mixes have a tendency to precipitate calcium carbonate. It is caused by the high alk. That said, it's not really a problem, IMO. You can stop it by lowering the alk, if you want.
I'd just deal with the precipitate before messing with lowering the alkalinity. I thought the regular IO didn't have elevated alk.
Honestly the brown residue of Reef Crystals isn't that bad, and I wouldn't care at all other than it partially clogging the end of my AWC line.
Ah ok. Thanks.Regular IO is not very different than Reef Crystals, but doesn't have the vitamins. It may have lower magnesium and calcium than Reef Crystals, but still has more than NSW at 35 ppt (I think).
whilst I generally agree most of the top brands of salt will not differ that much from each other, I think you are over egging the pudding when you say running shoes don’t can help you run for longer, of course a good pair of running shoe will do exactly that.What do people expect a salt 3 times the cost is gonna do? Grow corals faster? Jordans don't make you jump higher, Asics don't make you run longer and they have fancy stuff in them.. So why would a more expensive salt grow faster? There are too many other variables that dictate how fast or well something grows in our tanks.