Salt & Maintenance Videos

Watch our videos about aquarium maintenance and salt mix to learn how to mix your own saltwater at home, clean your tank glass, perform water changes and even acclimate fish into your reef tank.
  1. DIY salt mix? Mixing up ESV B-Ionic Salt Mix - #AskBRStv Live

    DIY salt mix? Mixing up ESV B-Ionic Salt Mix - #AskBRStv Live

    How about a little Live demonstration from Ryan and Randy?! Today we mix up a batch of ESV B-Ionic, which is about as close as you can get to DIY-ing your own that comes with all the parts you need.   #AskBRStv Live Streams are available in Podcast form! Check them out on iTunes and Google Play below! Check out BRStv on Itunes - https://brs.li/AskBRStv_iTunes_Podcast   Ches out BRStv on Google - https://brs.li/AskBRStv_Google_Podcast

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  2. Mixing reef salt mix, the best method for the saltwater aquarium - FAQs

    Mixing reef salt mix, the best method for the saltwater aquarium - FAQs

    Mixing reef salt mix CORRECTLY will result in less precipitate and brown crust in your mixing and storage containers, more stable initial water parameters and presumably avoid any negative health benefits associated with dosing undissolved salts into your saltwater aquarium. It is safe to assume exposing fish gills and coral tissue to undissolved salt crystals is not healthy, even if it isn't immediately toxic. We are not talking about the bare minimum process to mix salt and keep the tank alive. Instead, we want to provide all of you with the absolute best practices for mixing saltwater yourself for optimal parameters and reduce build up in your mixing and storage bins Over the last few months, we have been performing all kinds of salt mixing experiments. This is essentially the combined results from many of those experiments and in typical BRS fashion, there will likely be more coming so keep an eye out as this story progresses. Follow the

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  3. Switching marine salt mix brands safely for a saltwater tank - BRStv Reef FAQs

    Switching marine salt mix brands safely for a saltwater tank - BRStv Reef FAQs

    All marine salt mixes are not created equal and we have uncovered some very interesting facts about mixing saltwater at home in our recent series of BRStv Investigates videos about testing salt mix. Abruptly switching salt mix brands for use in your saltwater tank often comes with setbacks. So we set out to answer the looming questions on this subject and provide you with the best approach to switching salt mix without putting your tank through the ringer. Why does switching salt mix cause problems? The presumption that switching from a lower to higher grade salt mix will only benefit your tank is not always exactly true. We can confidently assume this has to do with the different chemical make-up of the various brands and the way corals respond to their environment. The ratios of major, minor and trace elements are different in each salt mix brand, some more desirable than others. Abruptly switching the mix will surely throw off the balance

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  4. Skip the crud, mixing salt for saltwater aquarium without all the crusty build up - Reef FAQs

    Skip the crud, mixing salt for saltwater aquarium without all the crusty build up - Reef FAQs

    Salt mixes start out by being mined from the earth, evaporated from seawater or refined from synthetic salts. They all can potentially contain impurities such as chelators, clays and clarifiers that will produce precipitate and brown organic crud on the storage tanks walls. Some aquarium salts can even create a brown foam on the surface, not exactly ideal considering the saltwater is supposed to be clean and ready for use in your precious saltwater tank!   So lets confront the crud and learn about the top three ways to stop brown, crusty build-up that accumulates inside your mixing container when mixing salt for your saltwater aquarium.     Filter it out - One of the easiest ways to deal with this sludge is a technique that should be all too familiar to aquarists, simply filter it out! Use something like the BRS GFO & Carbon Media Reactor but instead of chemical filter media, stuff it with a 5 micron Rosave.z Depth Sediment Filter.    

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  5. Adjusting the levels of your saltwater mix prior to use in the reef tank - ReefFAQs

    Adjusting the levels of your saltwater mix prior to use in the reef tank - ReefFAQs

    Adjusting your saltwater mix to match your desired reef tank parameters has likely never crossed your mind. The solution for maintaining more stable water chemistry and taking your coral growth and coloration to the next level, could very well lie in this process.   For example, if you strive to maintain 450 ppm of calcium in your display tank but the salt mix you are using mixes at 410 ppm, than you are working against yourself. Each time you perform a water exchange using that salt mix, you are inching further and further from this target number. The same case applies for alkalinity and magnesium.     Is it right for you? The decision to adjust your salt mix should be weighed carefully and in order to decide, consider three factors.   • The type of corals you are keeping. • How far apart are the salt mix and your desired parameters? • How much and how often are you exchanging water?     The type of reef tank and

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  6. Heated and circulated premixed saltwater storage, how long will it last? - BRStv Investigates

    Heated and circulated premixed saltwater storage, how long will it last? - BRStv Investigates

    We looked at the effects of heating and circulating premixed saltwater during storage by monitoring calcium and alkalinity levels over a 2 week period. We also observed the amount of precipitate leftover inside the container. We then compared the results with what we found previously during our BRS Investigates How long can I store saltwater after mixing? with the goal of providing you with the best methods for storing saltwater at home. We aim to answer two questions:  1. Do parameters like alkalinity and calcium shift in heated and well circulated reservoirs? 2. Will we see any related precipitation or crust in the bins after storage? We all desire stable numbers for Alkalinity and Calcium and if given the choice we’d rather not have to adjust those levels in our mixing bins prior to using the saltwater for our regular water changes.  Additionally, we look at precipitate in the containers after mixing

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  7. Do all salt mixes precipitate in saltwater storage bins? | BRStv Investigates

    Do all salt mixes precipitate in saltwater storage bins? | BRStv Investigates

    What is that precipitation crust in my saltwater storage bin? It's a common question among many reefers who store mixed saltwater, but do all salt mixes create precipitate-precipitation? Today on #BRStvInvestigates we find out! #BRStv Check out the salts tested in these videos! Salt Mixes Seen brown or white crust in your bin? Vote in the R2R poll and share! We answer a TON of reefing questions everyday on our #AskBRStv Facebook Group! Join #AskBRStv Today on BRStv, we have a brand new episode of our series, BRStv Investigates. In this series, we explore popular reefing theories, products, methods, and what the manuals are missing, with a focus on putting them to the test! Stay tuned as we explore even more reef fantasies and reef certainties as we try to dive into common hobby questions and challenge long held ideas in order to make this hobby even more fun and easy! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information

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  8. How long do I mix saltwater? - BRStv Investigates

    How long do I mix saltwater? - BRStv Investigates

    We are expanding our investigative testing on some of our most popular salt mixes by seeking to answer two questions about how long to mix saltwater. 1. Do salt mixes fully dissolve in less than one hour? 2. Does the speed at which it mixes clear really matter? For those of you mixing saltwater as needed, mixing clarity is important to ensure that all the various components of the salt mix dissolve evenly. The faster this happens, the quicker you can use it for water changes! When mixing larger batches to use over time or with auto water exchange systems, knowing how long to mix the salt initially can help to ensure a more homogeneous solution, especially when storing it uncirculated for any period. For many us, by simply observing the newly mixed saltwater in a 5-gallon bucket or BRUTE trashcan, it can seem that some salts dissolve faster than others. Some rather quick, within a few minutes, while others will take a few hours or more. Regardless,

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  9. Salt mix testing and mixed saltwater storage - #AskBRStv Live

    Salt mix testing and mixed saltwater storage - #AskBRStv Live

    Today we follow up the pretty hot topic of mixed saltwater storage and the results from our BRStv Investigates about what happens to Alkalinity and Calcium levels in various salt mixes after we've mixed the saltwater and stored it for upwards of 2-3 weeks. In case you didn't know, these #AskBRStv Livestreams are available in Podcast form! Check them out on iTunes and Google Play below! https://brs.li/AskBRStv_iTunes_Podcast https://brs.li/AskBRStv_Google_Podcast

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  10. Why should I do water changes? - #AskBRStv

    Why should I do water changes? - #AskBRStv

    To water change or not to water change, that's a very common question we see throughout the reefing community, so today Randy explains why water changes can be a very beneficial part of your tank maintenance rhythm and help lead you down the path to a stable and long term reef tank. It's questions like these we love to answer over on our Facebook Group #AskBRStv. Join in and ask your questions! Each week we'll pull questions from Facebook, Instagram, Reef2Reef, YouTube and our own website Q&A pages and answer the most interesting ones in a quick #AskBRStv episode. Welcome to #AskBRStv where we take questions from you, the reefing community, across all of our social networks and forums and answer them right here on YouTube! From how your reef gear works to coral and fish care and everything in between, we're here to answer your questions and share collective hobby knowledge with the community at large. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide

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