In the early days of keeping a marine or saltwater aquarium you had to go to the ocean to get water. Now, years later, questions arise; where do you get the salt to make saltwater for the fish? Do you just add a salt mix to water? If so how do I know if I mixed the salt correctly? Then you hear rumors that keeping the saltwater level in your aquarium is difficult. Let us look into the world of salt for creating a healthy environment where fish will thrive.
Rest assured that you no longer have to drive to the ocean to get saltwater. You can go to most pet and aquarium stores and purchase salt for your aquarium in either a dry salt mix form or premixed ready to use water. There are four different ways to purchase saltwater for your aquarium.
The most popular is to purchase dry, premixed salt in a box, plastic bag or bucket. Just follow the directions on the label and add the recommended amount of salt to tap, RO, DI or distilled water.
Another popular way to purchase salt for your aquarium is to buy premixed saltwater. Many pet and aquarium stores mix large quantities of saltwater in vats so that consumers (you) can purchase it by bringing containers (usually holding 5 gallons) to fill. Most stores use purified water such as reverse osmosis or de-ionized water to mix with the sea salt mix. Purified water removes many unwanted pollutants from the water.
© 2008 Dedicated to your quatic success, Laurren Schmoyer http://www.aquaticexperts.com/saltwaterexperts/index.htm Laurren Schmoyer is the founder and CEO of Aquamain's Fish World and Aquatic Experts. Aquamain's is one of the largest aquarium stores on the east coast. Laurren has written several guides to help new hobbyists get started in the right direction.
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