http://mdshop.us/1MqfKSJ Through the evolution of keeping a reef tank, one thing that stays consistent is the need to perform water changes. Water changes remove waste and replenish the necessary elements your tanks inhabitants need to grow and thrive.
Many of us start by purchasing saltwater from a local fish store for water changes, which does have its benefits—but also leaves some mystery in terms of the quality of water and what is actually going into your tank.
If the store's filter system is not regularly maintained, there may be nitrates, phosphate or other impurities in the water. Some salt mixes work better for fish-only aquariums, while others with higher levels of calcium, alkalinity and major/minor elements are better for reef aquariums. If a store changes salt mixes, it may also have unexpected effects in your aquarium.
Mixing your own saltwater at home is, in fact, a better way to obtain saltwater because it allows you to choose the salt best suited for your aquarium and allows you to control many of the variables. Thankfully, mixing saltwater is fairly easy—but must be done correctly. And, of course, you will first need all of the necessary equipment.
In today's Marine Depot video, we are going to show you exactly what you'll and what to do to start mixing your own saltwater at home.
VIEW ACCOMPANYING BLOG POST (with full video transcript):
WATCH "HOW TO MEASURE SALINITY" VIDEO TUTORIAL:
WATCH "HOW TO BUILD A SALWATER MIXING STATION" VIDEO TUTORIAL:
SHOP FOR AQUARIUM SALT MIX IN OUR ONLINE STORE:
SHOP FOR REFRACTOMETERS IN OUR ONLINE STORE:
Mixing your own saltwater saves you the hassle of lugging cumbersome containers to and from your local fish store. It also ensures that all the water entering your aquarium has consistent parameters and is free of unwanted contaminates.
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