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Saltwater Mix

Saltwater in your tank is a very complex fluid. It contains not only great numbers of organic elements, also inorganic elements, as well as very small microscopic lifeforms. naturally around the reefs, the chemistry of the water changes very little. Universally the parameters are nearly constant around all reefs in the world. The result is these animals are not used to changes in the water chemistry that varies from day to day or hour to hour.

This is the reason why the condition in your aquarium, especially your reef tank, should be kept as stable as possible at all times. Even the slightest variations can possibly stress your creatures too much, and can result in outbreaks in diseases or loss of life, due to there ability to deal with parasitic attacks.Marine life forms are not as resilient as their freshwater counterparts, especially stress from being brought home in a plastic bag, during shipping in containers while being transported, coming from one environment to another one due to water changes in different tanks. there are lots of other scenarios also.

It is also known that seawater contains all know chemical elements, some in very small quantities. This makes it very difficult to reproduce. The seawater that we mix is therefore a distant cousin of the real stuff, yet close enough to sustain animals for an extended periods of time, providing you can keep it at a level of purity for the requirements of the life forms that are present in your tank.

When you mix these artificial sea salts with regular water you should do several hours before you introduce it to your tank. 24 hours is a better time to wait. This allows the water mixture to stabilize it while you re oxygenate it with a small pump and air stone. That way the water is less harsh from the chemical reaction that takes place when the salt and water are mixed together. You may think this is trivial, but it is not. Attention to detail is very crucial to having an aquarium that runs we, to one that is very vibrant and in super condition.

Good reef aquarium salt should be extremely low in both phosphates and nitrates, in a perfect environment you should not have any. Make sure you test the salt you are using before with a low range phosphate test and a low range nitrate test. Mix up a small batch let it sit for a few hours while aerating it with a small pump and air stone, then test it for NO3 and PO4. If it contains either of these look for another mix of salt and retest it also before using.

The amount of salt you add to the water determines the specific gravity and salinity. natural reefs the specific gravity is 1.023 and the salinity is 35 ppt (parts per thousand) at 76 degrees Fahrenheit You should try to maintain a similar salinity in your reef tank. besides your protein skimmer works best at 35 ppt

Check your salinity regularly due to evaporation the salt stays but the water evaporates, at this point my preference of plain water to add and get the salinity back down is distilled water not tap water.also make sure you add trace elements when you do add water may it be salt mixture or regular distilled water just add the trace to it before the reef aquarium.


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