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    Artificial seawater saltwater fish tanks

    Salt for artificial seawater HOMARSEL: making artificial seawater


    Keeping shellfish and crustaceans in the right environment at your restaurant? The best way to do so is by using HOMARSEL, a salt that was purpose-developed to make artificial seawater for lobsters, oysters, crabs and crustaceans. It contains all minerals needed, without any harmful substances, such as phosphates or nitrates.

    Need a saltwater fish tank? Go for HOMARSEL

    Does your restaurant’s menu card feature shellfish? In that case, you will need a saltwater fish tank to house lobsters, crabs and other tasty seafood. Shellfish and crustaceans thrive in saltwater. The good news is you do not need to drive out to the seaside every week to stock up on saltwater, as we have a very easy to use alternative: HOMARSEL. In amongst other things, Homarsel contains sea salt and has an unlimited shelf life as it comes in practical, resealable buckets.

    Tips when using artificial seawater

    Tips when using artificial seawaterAre you building your own saltwater fish tank? Here are a few practical tips and points.

    • Saltwater is suited for shellfish and crustaceans. Not for tropical fish!
    • First dissolve the salt in the water, and then leave the water to aerate and gradually reach the right temperature for at least six hours.
    • Never add salt when you already have lobsters or shellfish in the water.
    • When you are making fresh water, add in one kilo of HOMARSEL for every thirty litres of water.
    • Be sure to check the salt concentration at regular intervals. You need a specific density (salt density) in the region of 1020 and 1024 grams of salt per litre of water at an 8 °C temperature.
    • Make sure you replace 20 to 30% of the water each month.

    The best water balance in your saltwater fish tank

    To make good quality fish tank water, it is advisable to use mains water. The safest option is to go for non-softened water while you are at it. So be sure to draw off the water for your lobster tank before it has gone through the water softener. Rainwater is definitely not suited to be used as lobster tank water.

    After you have replaced the filter in your fish tank, the main thing is to rinse with fresh water for a few hours. Do not reuse this rinse water. In addition, it is important that the new filter is given time to get covered in bacteria that act to decompose the ammonia of the secretions. So do not overload a filter that just been started with too many tank residents. The filter does not reach full operating capacity until after 21 days.