Salt??

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  1. tinusb

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    Hi All!

    This may be a stupid question - but if I get salt from a salt factory [before being processed], can it be used instead of the salt bought from the pet store?

    Tinus :whistling:
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Nope, doesnt have a the right amounts of minerals in
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Are you talking about normal salt we use in the kitchen?
     
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    Most salts that are used for reefkeeping hace added trace elements and minerals , so i would say no
     
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    Just to give you an idea of the difference of table salt and marine salt, here are 2 analysis of the 2 salts, the first one is table salt and the other one is Instant Ocean sea salt.

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  7. tinusb

    tinusb Thread Starter

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    Viper, so I should get out my laboratory set to correct it? :p heheheh nah, was just wondering :) Don't wanna loose a lot of $$$ worth of fish, because I'm too cheap to buy the marine salt :) Thanx for the help guys/gals! :)
     
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    hehe, Yip, not going to work unfortunately.
     
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    Blimey there is some serious rubbish on the stuff i sprinkle on my chips:dft008:

    Viper, can i sprinkle reef crystals instead?:)
     
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    Viper,

    there is no way that the second column is Instant Ocean or any other salt for marine aquaria (or if it is there is a serious problem).

    Calcium content of a reef aquarium salt will be around 1.2%, magnesium will be around 3.7%, sulphate will be around 7.8% etc.

    Point is that a marine aquarium salt is waaaaayyyyy different to pure sodium chloride.

    Clinton
     
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    Do you mean the 2nd column in the first pic or the 2nd column in the 2nd pic?
     
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    only looked at the first pic, but the second pic appears to be a analysis of the salt in solution, not in a dried form.

    So you can't compare the two unless you convert both to the same units.
     
  13. viper357

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    Ok, the first pic is table salt, the 2nd pic is the synthetic salt, I purely put them up to show the difference in composition of the 2 salts, synthetic salt obviously has so much more in it than table salt. It was just an example, not a scientific study for you to rip to shreds, leave me alone now :p :rofl:

    p.s. I put some more games up in the arcade for you ;)
     
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    No

    No no no no :nono: :nono: :nono:
     
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    When I first started marine I was told to get Lab grade salt.
    Never did, but he has been using it for years.
     
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    Thanks for the games, give me something else to do besides pick on you. :)
     
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