Why are so many hobbyists successful with Red Sea’s premium salts?


The answer lies in a combination of a rich natural ingredient, scientific innovation based on three decades of research, uncompromising responsibility. In addition, with higher dissolvability of our new & improved formula it only takes about 20 minutes from bucket to tank, which makes your mixing routine far more convenient.


The source of our salt comes from the Red Sea, a protected inlet of the Indian Ocean lying between East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. This is one of the most barren regions on earth, but beneath the blue waters is an unusual oasis of living creatures, reefs, and coral formations. Our premium salts are made with a unique form of sodium chloride that is harvested from the living coral reef itself – resulting in an unparalleled homogeneity of trace elements in every single grain.


Thanks to our long-term ongoing research on the needs of corals, we have discovered that the levels of some of the elements in natural seawater are simply not high enough to maintain a stable artificial reef environment. This is mainly because aquariums lack the vast replenishing resources of the ocean, thereby requiring an elemental boost on our end. Furthermore, our research has shown that only a very specific ratio between the foundation elements will provide sustained growth and a healthy aragonitic coral skeleton. We, therefore, formulate both our salts in accordance to these ratios, with balanced and elevated levels of the foundation elements.


Our strict ICP quality control procedure applied to every single batch, adds the final touch, guaranteeing homogeneity and continuity from one salt mix to the next.



How we harvest our salts:


The pristine water of the Red Sea is transferred through a unique solar evaporation process under the hot desert sun. During the process, the seawater salinity increases from 40 ppt to approx. 250 ppt and the sodium chloride crystals start to precipitate, harboring a specific amount of trace elements. During the final stage of the evaporation process, the sodium chloride is washed and dried, removing all remaining organic and inorganic impurities.


The result is immaculate white crystals of sodium chloride, comprising 45 of the elements naturally present in the Red Sea water. This element-enriched sodium chloride, makes up over 72% of the contents of Red Sea Salts, delivering a level of homogeneity that is nearly impossible to match through artificial means.



Some more interesting facts:


Accelerated coral growth


Corals need to invest energy in transporting the elements necessary for skeletal growth from the surrounding water through their soft tissue. Elevated levels of the foundation elements create a more positive ionic gradient, making this process much more efficient (less energy required per gram of skeleton). Therefore balanced, elevated levels of the foundation elements will result in accelerated coral growth rates.



The effects of unbalanced foundation elements


In low levels of Mg²+ and/or Sr²+ coral skeleton will develop with a higher proportion of calcite, making it more brittle and more susceptible to damage, as low magnesium or high calcium levels may lead to alkalinity drops. High Alkalinity with calcium at saturation levels will cause precipitation, leading to low calcium levels.


Comparing Red Sea Salts (@ salinity of 35 ppt)