- B-Ionic Seawater System Salt Mix - ESV
For the serious aquarist that wants complete control!
Make your salt the exact way you want it with the B-Ionic Seawater System. ESV put together an ultra-pure 4-part salt mix that let's make consistent batches of salt from bucket to bucket.
- 4-Part System
- USP Grade Magnesium Sulfate
- Ultra-Low Heavy Metal Sodium Chloride
- Predissolved Trace Elements
ESV B-Ionic salt lets you create your own consistent salt mix. Other types of salt may not be entirely homogeneous with all the different kinds of salts and dried trace elements in a single mixed bucket. It is very common for salt mixes to settle and not be consistent from batch to batch. The B-Ionic system uses pre-dissolved trace elements in super-concentrated solutions that will stay evenly mixed and won't clump in humid environments. Since the hard to dissolve trace elements are already in a liquid solution, batches mix very quickly and can be used within minutes.
The only dry portions are USP grade Magnesium Sulfate, and Ultra-Low Heavy Metal Sodium Chloride. Since the only dry parts are completely the same element through and through you never have to worry about settling or uneven batches.
Recommended Mixing Values @ 34ppt:
Calcium - 450ppm
Alkalinity - 3.25meq/L (9.1dKH)
Magnesium - 1400ppm
Three Sizes Available:
50 Gallon - Makes up to 50 gallons @ 34ppt
100 Gallon - Makes up to 100 gallon @ 34ppt
200 Gallon - Makes up to 200 gallon @ 34ppt
Easy and exceptionally clean By Ryan on 3/7/2020Ryan would recommend this product to a friendI got a 100gal mixing station specifically because of their 100gal salt mix. I have zero interest in cleaning that thing.
Mixing is crazy hard... pour in the first additive and walk away, pour in the second and walk away, pour in the... you get the idea. Takes very little time and is thought less after the first time. No need to bust up the clumps as the mixing pump does it fine.
My mixing station swells so I simply marked the side of where to fill to. Someone with less water volume can to the same with the mixes and gallon ice cream pale after measuring once.
A few extra steps By Anthony on 11/23/2019Anthony would recommend this product to a friendUpgraded to ESV because my old brand, reef crystals produced brown a foam when mixing. It does no good to use RO/DI water just to add impurities from what ever was creating the brown foam in the reef crystal mixture. In addition, after three months of using ESV there is coralline algae appearing on the glass.
Conssssistent By Paul on 9/25/2019Paul would recommend this product to a friendI've now used 150 gallons of ESV, and if you get a $10 scale on amazon, measure out the components by weight. Mix the Salt for 15 minutes (depending on how much you are making), mix the magnesium for 15 minutes, dump in part a for 2-3 minutes, dump in part b and toss in a heater.
It's the same parameters each and every single time. For the first time I can do a 10g change in my biocube and the bubble tip anemone doesn't pucker up. It stays out and open.
Here's the best part....ZERO residue anywhere. On my heater, on my mixing bin, on my pump.
Now if BRS would carry the 200g refills...Make it happen fellas.
Best stuff out there, as far as I'm concerned By Allen on 9/16/2019Allen would recommend this product to a friendI don't understand the complaints, been reefing for 14 years, may not be the best, but it is the best I've used. This is the clearest, most stable mix I have ever used and I have used several of the other "bests" out there. If you have sensitive species, do smaller water changes more frequently till the old salt is out.
Awesome By Kevin on 8/11/2019Kevin would recommend this product to a friendI’m on my second 10 gallon water change and the parameters of the salt mixes exactly as advertised. It does take a little bit more time due to mixing each individual component but this prevents any precipitation of Alk or Cal. I suggest busying a $10 scale on amazon and calculate each component by weight for better accuracy. I do have clumps in the salt and magnesium components and do wish ESV add a few of the moisture absorption materials. Besides that I high recommend
I’ll never give up my ESV By debby on 8/9/2019debby would recommend this product to a friendGreat product. Really excellent support. I’ve been keeping aquariums for 40+ years, 10 reefing. Remember to let each ingredient dissolve before you add the next. Also, by any measure, using a digital food scale makes this process easy, fast and accurate.
Great quick mixing salt just follow the directions By Marsh on 8/6/2019Marsh would recommend this product to a friendYes it has directions and yes an electronic scale (not expensive) is very helpful, but you probably will find multiple uses for a scale if you do not already have one already.
For all the time we put into our tanks the little extra time to measure out the amounts for this salt is really not that big of a deal. It gives you the same results every time and clears extremely quickly.
For a reef tank I would use nothing else.
Definitely recommend By Jason on 7/31/2019Jason would recommend this product to a friendIt’s funny reading the negative reviews. Mixing the salt is part of the fun. Brings me back to chemistry classes. A simple $20 kitchen scale and some solo cups is all you need. ESV provides an easy cheat sheet for the quantity for easy ingredient. I measure out in each cup and place them in order as they should be poured into the water. Very simple. No log needed. The clumping, really how hard is it to do with your fingers from the outside of the back. It doesn’t solidify. Breaks up very easy. Not difficult to do at all or even mention really. I notice a difference in my corals after water changes. Open up more, brighter, etc.
Wouldn't Buy Again By Lucas on 4/21/2019Lucas wouldn't recommend this product to a friendDecided to move away from RS due to sludge left in my mixing station. Since I dose ESV B-Ionic decided to combine with their own salt. Got my first batch, didn't know I had to mix each component separately.
Sodium Chloride comes clumped up, which made it a little bit harder to mix, as I had to manually break the rocks of sodium chloride apart (it's fine because they don't use anti-caking, but it's a pain in the a** to do it). I even contacted BRS which contacted ESV and they said this was normal and should not interfere in the process of mixing the salt. Well, since I bought 100g bucket, and I did (doing the 3rd one now) 3x30G water changes, I should have enough components left for another 10g change, but no, I ran out of sodium chloride because I kept having to add more of it to get my salinity to 1.026.
TLDR: maybe a good salt, but very annoying to mix and, unless you're a control freak that carries around scales and measuring cups to mix this salt, you will most likely regret. Now I will go ahead and toss in the garbage the left over components that I CANNOT USE.
Thank you ESV, first and last time I buy your salt (still great on other products tho).
Great salt mix By Steve on 12/4/2018Steve would recommend this product to a friendInstead of weighing your wet components use a 100 or 220 ml graduated cylinder. Comes out perfect every time. No need to stress over weights and digital scales. Prep takes me about 5 to 8 minutes from start to finish. Stir your water well after adding each component, and you'll have crystal clear water.
RTN and STN on my corals By Did not work for me on 11/25/2018Did not work for me wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have been using tropic marin pro before using this and made the switch. I tried two buckets and was having very bad luck with this salt. SPS started to loose color and turn pale and ended up RTN or STN. Now I switched back to TMP and some of the SPS are getting better. I lost many high end frags such as cherry bomb... I even used a scale (hario) to measure the quantity. There was something in this salt that my tank didnt like.
Not for the Forgetful By Skippy on 6/1/2018Skippy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe advantage to this salt is that you do not get settling of ingredients in the container. The disadvantage is that you have to combine the components yourself. Mixing is done in stages and involves careful measuring. The aquarist has to be mindful what, and how much, they put in last so they do not accidentally duplicate a step or use the wrong amount. Writing this information down in a log as you go is prudent advice, one that I should have followed before I made a mistake with one batch.
In the end, this salt is more expensive, and requires more work, so I am returning to a more traditional salt mix.
If I'm low on aka linty after mixing up the batch, what would I add more of? Or calcium? What is in salution a or salution b?
To raise alk you can use sodium bicarbonate and to raise calcium just use calcium chloride.
Can this salt be stored long term in a mixing container or will some things precipitate if not used within a certain time frame?
We do not recommend storing salt for more than 2 weeks. Any longer and you will see evaporation issues and precipitate.