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Q: What's in a Marinemix?

Q: All salts are the same, aren't they?

Q: Do salts with higher calcium levels dissolve more slowly than salts with inadequate levels?

Q: Why do some brands of salts dissolve unnaturally fast?

Q: What is the difference between Crystal Sea® Marinemix and Crystal Sea® Bioassay Laboratory Formula?

Q: What do I need to know about mixing up fresh saltwater?

Q: Do salts with higher calcium levels dissolve more slowly than salts with inadequate levels?

A:
Marine salts vary greatly in calcium content. Corals and some invertebrates require calcium levels over 400 ppm in closed systems such as those in home and commercial aquariums. Salts that are recommended for reef aquariums should contain calcium levels of 410 to 420 ppm. If you are uncertain about the calcium content of your salt, measure it after mixing, allowing about one hour for complete solubility. Use a reliable calcium kit. If the calcium level is over 400 ppm, you will notice a slightly longer dissolving time than salts with insufficient calcium levels. The time required for complete solubility is well worth the increased calcium levels your reef animals require.
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