Today on BRStv, we have another episode of BRS 52 FAQ where we answer all of your frequently asked reefing questions from our popular 52 Weeks of Reefing series.
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?”
Let’s face it, when we as reefers come across a great deal on salt mixes, we want to buy as much as we can and store it for future use. However, has anyone ever wondered just how long you can keep a box of salt in the basement and will it still be good after weeks, months, or even years? The short answer, if kept in a well-sealed or air tight container or in its original sealed bag, then it can be stored indefinitely.
But, what about storing mixed saltwater long term? Although it is possible to store mixed saltwater over a longer period of time, doing so comes with variables that may cause you to rethink the whole idea. The first issue that you may encounter is the precipitation of valuable elements of the salt mix. That most commonly being Calcium and Alkalinity. So, if you like your Red Sea Coral Pro salt mix because of its higher levels of Ca an Alk, you will quickly find that those levels deplete rather quickly after mixing. Another reason to be weary of storing mixed saltwater is because of the preservation of desirable organics. Some reefers choose their salt mixes because they contain probiotics as well as vitamins and amino acids. These organics can also deplete over long term storage.
So follow along as Ryan discusses salt mix and saltwater storage, provides some other helpful insight, and helps make your reefing life a bit more fun and easy.
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