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Ask the question: “What is the best marine aquarium salt mix?” on any reef aquarium forum, and you are likely to get a whole host of answers. Forums are littered with complaints and praises about nearly every brand of marine aquarium salt mix, with each person holding firm beliefs about … The best salt to use in marine aquarium - YouTube
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The most important use of salt is for medicating freshwater fish for some types of ectoparasites (parasites on the outside of the fish). Some of the common parasites that are know to be killed by salt are ich (),, Anchorworms (). To kill these parasites with salt, you need to add a lot of salt, about 1½ cups of salt per 10 gallons (38 l) to the aquarium, not just a teaspoon per 10 gallons. The "Specific Gravity" measured with a standard marine aquarium hydrometer should be between 1.005 and 1.009 or 7 to 13 ppt. If treating for Anchorworms closer to 1.009 would be best. This level of salt needs to be maintained for at least 3 weeks. Not all freshwater fish can tolerate this much salt. Generally Central American cichlids and livebearers, African rift lake cichlids, and Koi can tolerate this much salt. Saltwater dips are also common for eradicating some external parasites. A saltwater dip with a specific gravity of 1.009 to 1.023 for 30 minutes to 2 hours is know to kill (skin flukes). When ever treating freshwater fish with salt, you should monitor the fish closely for excessive stress, and return the fish to freshwater when necessary. In many cases, treating external parasites with other types of medication may be safer for the species of fish you are trying to cure.The reef salt they’re known for the most is the Instant Ocean Sea Salt. In all likelihood, this is the long-standing bestseller among the brands. It’s even used by public aquariums and research facilities, although that may be because these institutions have a limited budget.You may need to do a little research when choosing a , to find what will suit your system best. Not all salt is created equal in the aquarium world. Each brand of marine salt mix varies from natural seawater’s concentrations of the four major ions (sodium, chloride, sulfate and magnesium), as well as other trace elements. Follow the manufacturer’s directions on how much mix to use, and check the solution for proper salinity as you add mix using a hydrometer or a . Add more salt mix to raise the salinity or more fresh water to lower salinity. Make sure all salt is completely dissolved before testing to ensure accurate readings. Altering salinity of your tank significantly may also alter alkalinity, calcium, magnesium, and other ions to the point where they will need adjustments, so be sure to have test kits on hand to monitor these levels. Some of these elements may also need to be regularly supplemented, particularly in heavily stocked reef tanks, as the amounts supplied by the salt mix alone will be depleted quickly.The next essential item is salt. Most brackish hobbyists use a high-quality marine salt mix to best replicate biotopic water conditions. Aquarium salt is another option that has been reported with good success. Just avoid household table salt because of the excess silicates and iodide. Do not add salt directly to the aquarium. Always pre-dissolve it first to avoid burning and shocking your fish and plants.
In terms of tank size, any aquarium will suffice, given that there are brackish fish suitable for everything from micro-cube tanks to 100-gallon tanks or larger. Regardless of tank size, you will need a good-quality heater to maintain the necessary warm temperatures that most brackish fish crave. Mechanical filtration via a power filter is good to circulate the warmth. Make sure there are biological and carbon components in your filter to compensate for the absence of vegetative filtration (more on this later). Never skimp on heaters or filters. If they fail, the results can be disastrous.