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API Natural Trace Marine

 
A natural source of trace elements. Replenishes the trace element balance in marine and reef aquariums. Contains over 60 natural trace elements found in sea water. For use in all marine aquariums, including reef aquariums containing soft and hard corals, live rock, coralline algae, crustaceans, starfish and saltwater fish. All natural, proprietary formula. Use weekly...


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Comments With the years of experience keeping reef tanks I have to says I would never suggest any one use this product or any other Trace Mineral supplement. I'm not picking on API's products at all and personally use many API products but Trace Element supplements are not of any value to the average reef keeper.

This products contains 60 different elements. None of which are listed on the label. Why is this a problem? Because you should never dose anything you cannot test for. Here is my point, the concentration within this product are extremely low as to not overdose a aquarium meaning that everything contained in this product is replenished with regular water changes.

Again this applies to all Trace mineral supplements.

With all that being said I did try this product I dosed as suggested for 4 weeks and in the end saw no change in my tank or it's inhabitants. Nothing positive and nothing negative. My only conclusion is that the elements contained within are in such low concentrations that adding them has zero impact.

Now for the cases I might suggest using this product.
If you do not like doing water changes and want to go months on end between water changes this may be a great product for you. There are not many people out there investing lots of money on a reef tank and not taking the time to maintain it.


Liked about it As with many of the API supplements I love the measuring cup style cap. Very convenient!


Didn't like None of the elements are listed on the label.
After 4 week of usage I saw nothing change in my reef tank.



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By ckusnierek
May 24, 2010
 
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Bringing the Life Back to Your Reef

Comments I believe in supplementation there is nothing that will remain constant in a contained system wherein consumption of every little thing takes place. As with all reef trace elements in the market available today, it's sort of like a "make you feel good" product. However, trace elements do play important roles in the growth, development and physiology of organisms that are present in your reef tank. Though most known salt mix may contain elevated amounts of these substances, they do get consumed overtime. There's actually nothing to see or notice here since these elements are trace, meaning that elements in a sample will contain an average concentration of less than 100ppm.


Liked about it Very neat packaging! Has all the necessary information you'll need to actually use it, very convenient to dose with cap.


Didn't like It would actually be more marketable if they showed what trace elements are contained within their product with their corresponding values.


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By rye_ws@yahoo.com
Jun 05, 2010
 
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