Picked up a small box of Reef Crystals last week and planning on seeing what, if any effects it has on my tank over the next month of water changes. Currently use IO salt in my tank. If it has a positive effect on my tank I'm most likely going to make the switch to reef crystals. I've noticed a small dip in CA, MG, and Alk over a week period, and hoping to correct this with salt. I'm still trying to stay away from dosing if at all possible. Below I have posted my latest results over a week period, testing with salifert test kits. My belief is that all of my euphyllia are the culprits to the depletion of elements over that week period. My tank doesn't have much coraline, so corals are my next point of focus when trying to pinpoint this small issue. I have noticed some stalling of grown in some of my hammers, and a couple just look like they are hanging on. One hammer for instance just doesn't inflate as much as it once did in the same spot it is now. Could be something else, but I'm not going to throw everything at it at once, because that may just cause more issues. If I loose a coral or two, so be it. My acan's also just look blah (see photo below), and I'm not sure what the hell is going on with it. I removed it from the plug a couple weeks back and it just never looked the same. :/ Everything else is happy as a clam, the trumpets seem to sprout a new head weekly, same with my zoa's. I have to admit, as I get further into this hobby, the desire to remove some corals, and focus on others have crossed my mind multiple times. Is that crazy to think/say?
I contacted the other salt mix suppliers in the business and no one had a small box/sample to try out, so that's why I'm going the RC route. In my opinion I'd love to see these brands offer something up to consumers to allow them to purchase and sample their product to see if it works with their system. To me its not cost effective to purchase a large supply of salt to try it out. If it has negative effects on my tank I'm stuck with said salt mix.
Did my first waterchange with Reef Crystals Friday evening, I will update as soon as I find something out.