FAQ #41: Does aquarium salt mix ever go bad?
Today we are answering drum4life’s question: "Do salt mixes have a shelf or expiration date? For example, buying salt and putting it in storage to mix it at a later date?"
Many of us have stocked up on salt during sales, or to help save on shipping. Most salts will last quite a while with a tight fitting lid on the bucket, but the enemy of your salt is moisture. If you are going to be storing your dry salt mix for a prolonged period of time we would highly suggest storing it in a cool, dry environment. Some salts will clump over time, and that is a good sign that moisture has been attracted into the salt. If you are finding clumps in your dry salt mix, that is a good sign that it has been stored to long.
Mixed saltwater is a bit different in how long it can be stored. In most cases we recommend using the saltwater once it is fully mixed and clear. If you are going to be storing the saltwater for a long period of time then you may find beneficial to not heat the water which will help with precipitation and evaporation.
So follow along as we discus dry salt and mixed saltwater storage, provides some other helpful insight, and helps make your reefing life a bit more fun and easy. If you want to join the discussion over at Reef2Reef click the link here. http://brs.li/FAQ41_Saltmix
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