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Old 02-18-2013, 10:12 PM   #1611
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Read this on a forum post. As many aquarium salts are mined, it wouldn't be surprising that a small amount of clay could get mixed in.

i've recently switched from Red Sea Coral Pro to Reef Crystals. reef crystals does disolve much faster and the price is lower, the thing that strikes me is what appears to be contaminants in the salt! i mix my water in a snow white bin and would wash out with fresh RO every three or four weeks with the coral pro salt but have to wash it EVERY time with reef crystals, it leaves what looks like dirt all in the bin. that spooks me to say the least but as i got a freaking boatload of it at once i'm kinda stuck with it... are you doing anything to clean this up?

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It is common to find small bits of debris. It is completely harmless and nothing to worry about. Since salt is mined, it is nearly impossible every little particle of debris.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:30 PM   #1612
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This is weird. I've never used anything but reef crystals for two years and I have very little sediment in my water can. I've never washed it out and I make about 60 to 90 gallons a month.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:36 PM   #1613
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Since we are back on this subject I guess ill chime back in about my Kent salt. In the last 15 mixes I'd say I did have one that left a very small amount of "dust" on my container and pump. This leads me to believe the reply back that was given and that it is just clay deposits.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:58 PM   #1614
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If I had to guess its some type of oxidized iron.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:07 AM   #1615
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Read this on a forum post. As many aquarium salts are mined, it wouldn't be surprising that a small amount of clay could get mixed in.

i've recently switched from Red Sea Coral Pro to Reef Crystals. reef crystals does disolve much faster and the price is lower, the thing that strikes me is what appears to be contaminants in the salt! i mix my water in a snow white bin and would wash out with fresh RO every three or four weeks with the coral pro salt but have to wash it EVERY time with reef crystals, it leaves what looks like dirt all in the bin. that spooks me to say the least but as i got a freaking boatload of it at once i'm kinda stuck with it... are you doing anything to clean this up?

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It is common to find small bits of debris. It is completely harmless and nothing to worry about. Since salt is mined, it is nearly impossible every little particle of debris.
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"..since salt is mined,". Kind of gives a little credence to the old saying my parents used to say after taking a break from something ... " back to the salt mines". I've never really gave it much thought about where our salt mixes actually came from but it would make for an interesting " how it's made" episode
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:58 PM   #1616
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"..since salt is mined,". Kind of gives a little credence to the old saying my parents used to say after taking a break from something ... " back to the salt mines". I've never really gave it much thought about where our salt mixes actually came from but it would make for an interesting " how it's made" episode
I saw a neat Dirty Jobs episode where they were mining salt. Dangerous work.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:29 PM   #1617
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http://www.seahorse-nw.com/Salt_Mixes.html. Here's a good read Hope this link works
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:52 PM   #1618
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Interesting comment about EDTA. That Crystal Sea salt mix is garbage though.
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The only thing that still confuses me is that I have used a pickup truck load of RC and have never seen any deposits other than white calcium. Seems like I should have gotten one of these batches with what I think is a clay contaminate.
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I don't know what's up with it, but it ALWAYS leaves the soot in my barrel. The same goes for Seachem Reef salt.
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