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CaribSea Florida Crushed Coral
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Product Description:
CaribSea Florida Crushed CoralIt’s the only crushed coral with aragonite, which provides up to 25 times the buffering power of other crushed corals, dolomite, or oyster shell. Eliminate chronic Ph problems and provide maximum surface area for water purifying bacteria. CaribSea's Florida Crushed Coral with aragonite allows an increase in bioload by up to 50% and it never needs replacement! No rinsing required.

This product is also able to be utilized in calcium reactors and plenum systems to deliver not only calcium, but also carbonate buffer, and essential trace elements such as Strontium (up to 10,000 ppm!).
Product Specifications:
Available in 15 and 40 lb. bags.
User Ratings: (14 reviews)
Overall: 6.80
Value/Cost: 6.93
Effectiveness: 8.14
Quality: 7.64
Ease of use: 4.50
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markl323 has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 3.5/10 March 25, 2013
"Too cloudy"
Even after being washed. Not recommended.
smellsfishy1 has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 7/10 September 6, 2008
"Prettty Good."
This is a good overall substrate. Keeps my pH at or above 8. The problem lies in the cloudy haze it leaves for the first day. I rinsed it so much I got tired. I rinsed it for 20 minutes! After that make sure you don't shake it up much until you gravel vac the white dust out during cleanings.
JimboCraig has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 9/10 February 21, 2008
"A Fantastic Substrate!"
What's the big deal guys? So you have to rinse the stuff.......did you actually think that it was going to be spotless right out of the bag??? I put 100 pounds of this in my tank and rinsed it VERY thoroughly and I LOVE it! But, of course, I have a good, strong back and I'm not lazy, so the rinsing part wasn't a big deal to me. All that matters is the end result and the Florida Crushed Coral looks GREAT and my Cichlids love it as much as I do! I highly recommend it to everyone!
ismalj has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 4.75/10 August 15, 2007
"rinse,rinse and more rinse"
its says minimul rinsing yeah right!!, i only scopped a hand full out the bag and that took me about 20mins too clean it and guys what it was still cloudy so imagine how long it took me to clean a 20kg bag a good few hours and my tank went all cloudy but it did clear up after a few days
re helping buffer the water i think it works but i mainly use sodium bicarb to do this
yellowcalvis has used this product for .
Overall Rating: 5.5/10 March 5, 2007
"Rinse like there's no tommorrow"
I rinsed each bag very well for about 15 min each...Still was cloudy....I gave up and finally added it to my 150 gall....It's still cloudy but settleling in....Looks great though, But be ready to rinse
CharlesMTF has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 8/10 May 22, 2006
"Looks Wonderful... After Thorough Cleaning!"
As everyone has already said, and no doubt something that can't be disputed, this stuff MUST be thoroughly washed. As long as you're not in a rush, and you're very patient, just clean a few scoops at a time, and make sure to get all the white milky residue out. Clean till the water is no longer white. Large bucket and outdoor garden hose works great for this.

Other than that, the stuff looks absolutely wonderful, especially with the right complimenting backgrounds and decor. Doesn't cause the problems that sand might cause, yet still gives that pristine Caribbean environment.
ronb1224 has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 4.25/10 May 13, 2006
"Rinse, Rinse, Rinse, then Rinse some more"
I really can't recommend this product. I had to rinse about 50 lbs. of this product for several hours of tedious constant flushing and then after adding it to my tank, it stayed cloudy for a week.

There are many other products out there - I don't recommend this one.
Cichlid Lou has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 6/10 April 23, 2006
"Great product. BUT RINSE IT WELL!"
Says minimal rinsing on the package. The guy who wrote that should be shot. It took forever and my tank was still cloudy. Was it all worth it in the end? I suppose so. Looks very nice.
Schmidtyupnorth has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 6.75/10 August 2, 2005
"No kidding!"
That was a joke not rinsing...well i followed the "minimal rinsing" rinsed it about twice(no idea why i didnt do it more) but it has been really cloudy. It has went down reasonably since last night but wow...not too impressed with that, Great product though!
mtfish has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 June 24, 2005
"Wash Wash Wash"
It does a great job keeping the kH up in my tank and it looks great but like others have said...

Be prepared to wash it FOREVER (well almost) It took me several hours to rinse enough for my 90g tank.
richh has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 8/10 November 30, 2004
"Good look, good buffer, Yikes on the rinsing!"
Love how it looks and works, but when it's time to setup your tank and rinse, beware and get ready to rinse, and rinse, and rinse again. Very difficult to wash up. Spent a good hour rinsing a 40 lb bag, and when I added water to my tank it still clouded up. Cleared out in a day though. No biggy, just rinse till you give up. Other than that it gives a really nice look to the tank, and buffers pretty well.
gibby9 has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 7.75/10 June 22, 2004
"Looks Great - but prepare to work"
Neat looking product and the ph buffering is nice. I recommend it, however if you want to add it to your tank be prepared to rinse it a lot. Yeah, the packaging says "only minimal rinsing required," but I had to rinse it until my hands were raw. Still, when I move the rocks in my tank around it kicks up a lot of dusty/cloudy particles that take a few hours to either settle or get sucked up into the filter. Still, it looks great in the aquarium.
MaJiKuLL has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 8.75/10 April 10, 2004
"Great looks, just RINSE WELL!"
It looks awesome in my Malawi tank. A lot better than regular river gravel. Package said minimum rinsing required...that was a joke. I rinsed it VERY VERY thouroughly for about a half hour...it was still milky in my 20 gallon container i was rinsing it in... i ended up putting it in my 55 gallon tank and the water finally cleared up 2 days later. looks nice now..but had me worried.
Clark B has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
"Good for Africans"
It keeps my pH up for my Malawi tank. It looks natural as well. I recommend it.
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