Salt Mix Videos

  1. DON'T make these same Salt Mix mistakes we've made! Trust us...

    DON'T make these same Salt Mix mistakes we've made! Trust us...

    Ryan and Randy bring us the Top 15 Salt Fails which is the first episode of a brand new series in which we talk about some of those unfortunate yet common mistakes many of us have made and learned the hard way.
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  2. Best Salt Mixes of 2019: The Final Four

    Best Salt Mixes of 2019: The Final Four

    Ryan and Randy are back at it with another Best of 2019 list and this week the focus is salt mix. We cover not only the best selling salt mixes but also the top performers from our recent BRStv Investigates series in which we tested eight different salt mixes for purity, mixing time, storage capability, and stratification.
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  3. Will salt mix stratify or separate before we get the chance to use it for our saltwater tanks? | BRStv Investigates

    Will salt mix stratify or separate before we get the chance to use it for our saltwater tanks? | BRStv Investigates

    A majority of saltwater used in home aquariums is made by mixing a dry salt mix with RO/DI water. Some folks have access to sterilized natural seawater, but this is very limited for the most part. Whether you are mixing it yourself or buying from a local fish store, it is very likely being made using a manufactured salt mix specifically for aquariums. Salt mix is made up of a variety of different minerals and compounds mixed together to ultimately constitute everything found in natural seawater. It is often packaged in 5 gallon buckets or large bags that you would then only pull the amount of dry salt mix you need to mix a batch of saltwater for a water change. Within the mix, the individual compounds will vary in particle size, shape and density. This means that as the salt mix is shipped, stored and then ultimately delivered to you, it only makes sense to think these various components will separate and create a dry mix

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  4. ESV B-Ionic Salt Mix Performance - Is it the Best? | BRStv Investigates

    ESV B-Ionic Salt Mix Performance - Is it the Best? | BRStv Investigates

    We put the E.S.V. salt mix to the test to see how their unique four-part system holds up against the competition and if it is truly worth the extra cost and effort. Using the results from our previous BRStv Investigates experiments about salt mix we have the data for comparison to not only identify the best performers but most importantly help you choose the right salt mix for your reef tank.
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Do you really need heat and flow in your saltwater mixing station? - BRStv Investigates

    Do you really need heat and flow in your saltwater mixing station? - BRStv Investigates

    So far on these BRStv Investigates saltwater storage and mixing experiments we’ve discovered two things. It takes longer to fully mix saltwater to the point of being visibly clear and presumably full dissolved than what most reefers may have thought. Adding heat and flow to the initial mixing process appears to prevent residue or crust in the storage bin as well as helps maintain stable Alkalinity and Calcium during storage. We are still left with some questions about the need to heat and circulate the water during storage so we set out to answer two more questions during our latest experiment. After the saltwater is fully mixed and homogenized, can you turn the flow and heat OFF and store the water without causing precipitation or a change to the alkalinity and calcium levels? Is heat really required? Much of the anecdotal advice about mixing saltwater is quite confusing when you step back and look at it as a whole. The recommended

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  10. 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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