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Old 12-15-2008, 10:07 PM   #1
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DIY sea salt

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I am very new here. Can anyone advice me how to do DIY sea salt???
I live in out of no where. No lfs sell marine products and accessories. I collect the sea water from sea. It takes 7 hours drive. Everytime when i collect the sea water salinity is only 1.016. So i have to let the water run and evoporate till i get the 1.023. Even when salinity get to the 1.023, Ca is only 250.
If i can make sea salt , it will be very easy to keep marine tank.
All fishes, and corals , i went to sea and collected my self.
For the sea water, i am very difficult to get quality.
If somebody has the formula , please share me.Thanks in advance.
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I personally dont think you can. There are over 89 different salts in synthetic marine salts. These 89 different salts make up the different trace elements that are needed in the fish and reef processes. You`ll be much better ordering it and having it delivered. JMO
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I agree, you might be better off finding a place that will ship to your location. See if you can do a search on the internet. I did a quick google but didn't find much. You may know of a search engine that might work better.
Another suggestion would be find a reef/fish club and ask around there.
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I am not a salty ... but would natural sea salt work? Since this is just salt from evaporation of sea water, it should be pretty close to the real stuff when reconstituted. This might be easier to get at in the developing world.
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:44 PM   #5
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Thanks for all replies,
There must b a way to doing it. In our country, nothing is ready. Everybody must learn""self"" to survive.
I am trying to find it on internet and reading some web sites now.
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Based on your stated location (Yangon, Myanmar), and using Google Earth as a reference, I'm guessing that you head roughly due south to go to the ocean. If so, I think the reason that your salinity isn't as high as expected is because the area seems to be feed by several rivers. So the water you are collecting is something of a mixture of fresh water and sea water.

Now based on jsoong's suggestion, is there a place you know of along the coast where they might be producing salt by simply drying sea water? It looks like such a place may be operating near the coordinates of 16į31'19.72"N 96į34'28.35"E (about 8 miles east of Kala-ywa). If so, you could perhaps just go there and get a huge bucket of dried sea salt and use that to reconstitute sea water at home. It might not be a good as commercially available sea salts, but I would think it would be close enough (at least as good as collecting sea water directly, but this way, one trip bringing home dried sea water would last a lot longer than wet sea water).
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Wow, that is some great research!
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:24 PM   #8
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THat's really great information.
I will try to do that also. Last May, there was a storm 'Nagis" destroyed our area, more than 200,000 people dead. Most of the area is producing natural dried sea salt. All those area are now destroyed , it will take time to rebuilt.
Anyway, i'll try to get it on christmas holiday. I am planning to travel to that area to collect some fish and corals.Roads are very bad, can drive only 10miles/ hour.

I got some formula which i found on internet. I m going to but all today and test. Following is the formula what they give. I'll test and post it.

Sodium chloride 23.477g
Magnesium chloride 4.981g
Sodium sulfate 3.917g
Calcium chloride 1.102g
Potassium chloride 0.664g
Sodium bicarbonate 0.192g
Potassium bromide 0.096g
Boric acid 0.026g
Strontium chloride 0.024g
Sodium fluoride 0.003g
Commercial trace elements


This is the amount of salt normally used for 1 liter of water. Larger amounts would be needed. Multiplying the amounts by 100 or 1000 would make up sufficient salt mixture, and be easier to measure out as well

After testing it, i'll post the result.
Thank for all advice:p
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Old 12-19-2008, 02:09 AM   #9
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ok,
Yesterday, i got everything bought locally. At home i measure for 30 gallon tank and started to run with the power head. I use RO water . After putting in salt , PH was 8.1. This morning ph is 8.3, salinity is 1.022.
I'll run this water for another 2 days. After that i'll test with some fish.
Wish me luck:p.
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I'm kind of confused...

You are in a location where you can't buy an aquarium salt mix, but you can buy all those chemicals you listed? Strontium Chloride? Potassium Bromide?
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