Great Product..Great Price! By Tyler on 3/29/2013
Tyler would recommend this product to a friend
This is by far the best salt I've ever used. Nice stable parameters an dissolves fast and keeps your corals looking beautiful. The only salt I would ever use for now on.
Terrible salt - causes algae By Not a novice on 3/26/2013
Not a novice wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This salt is terrible. I may have gotten 2 buckets from a bad batch but not going to give it another chance. Ever since I started using it, it has been causing a terrible hair algae outbreak. The more water changes I do the worse it gets. I would never recommend this salt to even my worst reefing enemy.
Good Mix, but full of plastic By jeremy on 3/14/2013
jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
The salt dissolved VERY rapidly and had good parameters. The issue I had with it was every cup of salt I scooped out contained shredded pieces of paper or plastic in it which made for a very time consuming and messy operation as I had to pull or scoop out this plastic from my mix. I'm concerned that my water chemistry might be off because of it.
good stuff poor bucket quality By m on 3/11/2013
m would recommend this product to a friend
coral works as stated and my coral got brighter and polyps stay out more. good growth and mixes quicki and clear. only complaint is the bucket, my always seem to come broke, but boxes look undamaged, so im figuring it just cheap plastic and can't take a bump in shipping
good choice By Nick on 3/8/2013
Nick would recommend this product to a friend
Disolves quickly and bucket seals nicely preventing moisture getting inside and causing salt to clump.
Great Salt - Easy to Mix and Consistent By TankTime on 3/6/2013
TankTime would recommend this product to a friend
Lots of reviews on here already and I can say after using 4 other brands that I am staying with this salt no matter what. I test each new bucket I start, before it ever goes in my system, and it is consistent, mixes well, and has minimal residue compared to everything else I tried. I definitely attribute this salt, and the trace elements that it contains, to improved success with reefkeeping. Awesome salt and only a few bucks more than other brands but FAR worth it. I buy a couple of containers at a time along with GFO, Carbon, etc.... and it comes to my door for free. BRS ROCKS!
Great Salt By Jamie on 2/25/2013
Jamie would recommend this product to a friend
I have used many different brands over my 10 years in this great hobby and this is my favorite by far. It dissolves rapidly and leaves the water clear and without residue. The trace elements are on target and I will not use any other salt in my systems.
I would recommend By Murphy on 2/21/2013
Murphy would recommend this product to a friend
Been in the hobby for over 20 years. Managed a high end reef store for 8 years and mixed thousands of buckets of salt. This salt mix is superior!
Solid product By Jose on 1/29/2013
Jose would recommend this product to a friend
I've mixed up a handful of batches by now and the the product is very consistent. You get what they advertise. Dissolves farily quickly. I've had issues with other Red Sea additives and their customer support but their salt is great.
Good product By Mattyp on 1/10/2013
Mattyp would recommend this product to a friend
This is a good product is dissolves fast !!!
The only bad thing is that I have ordered this twice now and both buckets came cracked wide open down the side. It's a good thing that the salt is in a plastic bag inside the bucket.
Excellent By Aris on 1/9/2013
Aris would recommend this product to a friend
My Corals have been thriving since I have used this product. I have used Reef Crystals in the past. It is easy to mix at 79 degrees and the levels are fantastic. I would highly recommend...
The salt calcium percipitaed By Mark on 12/26/2012
Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The Local Fish Store got the North American East coat Representative on the phone and spoke with them about the issue. I brought a sample of the water mix with me. The Mix took 34 cups to make 1.024 and 37 cups to make 55 gallons 1.025 (it turned out my refractometer was calibrated to low from my calibration solution) it was actually just under 1.027 ...high yes but non the less there are more issues.
The representative was polite , professional and seemingly knowledgeable without being condescending. He spoke some basics about the packaging. I should not have bought what I did. It was professionally intended and did not contain beginner instructions. (I am thinking a Monkey can mix water with salt but...lets go on) I reminded him it is sold in a retail store (Later the LFS manager was bewildered, he commented that he was professional and wondered how is he supposed to know without correct instrutions on the product)
...I continue...he was just letting me know...and the phone conversation continued. He wanted to know step by step what I did from beginning to end. I told him...bought two 55 gallon Plastic food safe drums, filled with water to clean and drained and then I started my pressure washer and put the 3 foot nozzle into the container and rotated until every surface was surface pressure cleaned inside, refilled and drained. I used a 30 gallon open tub for mixing with and Eheim 1260 (nothing attached during mixing, later I attached fittings to circulate the drum contents of the salt mix)
so...I filled the tub with RO/DI water and sprinkled a cup into the tub over about a 5 minute time and let it violently agitate for 15 minutes...then I put the attachment onto my pump and pumped the mix into the empty drum ...then I repeated with RO/DI and some of the first blend from the first mix.(I have two drums, one was full of RO/DI and the other empty and clean) at this point I would fill the 30 gallon container and test and then mix a cup over a 5 minute period and then transfer into the barrel (filling it up...then I would empty the barrel from the bottom bilge...test water and repeat. I did this 37 times. It looked cloudy from the first mixing of 15 minutes with one cup all the way till the last. Anal...yes...my last test was 3:00am. I could not tell from the white 55 Gallon container if it was cloudy or not the next daybreak. I left a circulation going for 10 hours. The picture you see above is the end result from the Drum.
The rep then simply picked apart my process. He asked what was in the drum originally (I told him about the cleaning process) ...he moved on. He asked how much time went by with the water salt mix sitting in the Drumm without circulation (15 Minutes)...he asked what went into the mixing first , water then salt or salt then water. (water then salt 1 cup to 30 gallons...pretty simple if you ask me. Then he asked if my water was RO/DI and at what ppm. I told him ...yes and 00ppm.Then he asked what the temperature was during mixing condition. I told him 84 (we have had a tropical depression go by)
He asked how old the tank was...I said new) oh..he said.
He asked how much sand was in the tank...I said none it is glass.
He asked how clean it was...I told him I restored it every inch was razor cleaned and paper toweled no liquid ( except alcohol to clean silicone areas)
1. I left the water stagnant (not circulating for 15 minutes. Problem
2. The mixing temperature was to high ambient needed to be 79 not 84. Problem
3. I put in too much salt. Problem
I caused the salt not too mix according to the above faults...his mouth to my fingers. No apology needed.
The end result of the three bad things I did above resulted in the calcium precipitating , and there was nothing that will re-dissolve it. Time would allow it to settle ...maybe a week or two and then I could vacuum it off the glass. But I would need to test again for all missing elements.
My thoughts and the LFS...no way. Ya know I may not be a salt expert but I can smell a rat when I come across one. I did extensive research (albeit internet) and I found many people that have been plugging along just fine using Red Sea Coral Pro and the BAME they bought the next one recently and MILK. They get a Rep telling them they are mixing it wrong... like hello,,,they have been mixing for a long time YOUR PRODUCT and nothing changed but the container recently bought. Slowly the mixes are surfacing.Something changed or it was just a bad batch.
No mater what...they should admit it.
Today was the last day my LFS carried it. Un less this resolves they are going with their customers interests. That's smart business. They saw postings backing up my claim...on top of that the LFS manager commented on my polite calm approach , he felt I am intelligent and believable.
My salinity issue and refractometer was recalibrate by professionals now.
I was given a full refund...I bought IO and have never had a problem