Cheetham Salt Q & A
Q : Is our Salt bleached?
Salt products manufactured by Cheetham Salt are NOT bleached.
Salt (Sodium Chloride) in its purist form is 100% WHITE in colour, the whiteness of our Salt is related to the high purity Salt we produce i.e. > 99.5% pure Sodium Chloride sourced from pristine Australian waters.
People ask this question because they see coloured salt in the market. The colour of pinks, yellows, greys etc indicate additional trace elements & minerals which are present in the salt from either
||its source i.e. mountain rock salt, underground brine solution, or local salt lake/seawater quality, OR|
||introduced during their mining extraction and/or manufacturing process.|
These additional elements should be listed in their product data sheets.
Q : Is Our Salt Suitable For Sea Water Aquariums or Similar Use?
Solar salt when dissolved will not replicate the chemical make up of sea water and therefore no solar sea salt products are suitable by themselves. Even a fairly ordinary crude salt contains probably more than 99% sodium chloride (NaCl) on a dry basis whereas if sea water is taken to dryness the sodium chloride content is in the region of 78% NaCl.
The normal solar evaporation process involves a somewhat select crystallisation technique where the various chemical components of sea water other than sodium chloride are either deposited prior to obtaining sodium chloride or are held in the brines after obtaining the sodium chloride. There are exceptions to the rule but even those do not replicate sea water when dissolved, despite what the advertising literature might say.
The closest suitable products are those specially designed mixtures of different salts that are sold to do the specific task of replicating sea water. One such product is made in Sydney (we sell them Superfine as the sodium chloride component) by "Aquasonic"