Salt Question

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  1. Warr7207

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    The marine salt we buy for our tanks I would assume is not sea salt, due to the salts all being so different in chemical make-up.

    I would think this salt is extract from slat mines and minerals added to it ?

    Is it too expensive to extract salt from the sea ?
     
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    There is a brand that is basically dried up seawater but I don't think the idea works that well... I can't remember what brand it is (not a popular one). I remember one problem being that the tiny organisms dry up and die with the salt and then contribute to ammonia etc.

    I imagine though to obtain clean water would be fairly expensive and it would be quite a process to maintain consistency from one batch to the next.
     
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    But in saying that I see that loads of reefers complain about the synthetics also being quite inconsistent.

    When saying clean water, are you referring to NSW ?
     
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    Yes NSW but preferably from somewhere out at sea... (Not that I believe is clean but I'm saying like for those NSW users :p)
     
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    Hey guys - I think that this was an age-old debate, and probably will forever be.

    I would say - for people who stay close to the coast, and do not experience issues with it - use NSW.

    For people who are NOT close to the coast - synthetic would be the way to go.

    Then you just have to decide which brand of synthetic is value for money...
     
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    Instant Marine was the name of the local salt which asically evaporated NSW and bagged it.
    Absolutely hopeless when reconstituted with RO, it was `dirty` and parameters were all very low ie kH of 3.
     

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