I am looking for ways to easily prepare artificial sea water. The chemical composition doesn't have to exactly match that of natural sea water. On-line I can find recipes to prepare sea water. But I was wondering, can I just buy natural sea salt and dissolve it in fresh water (Until I get the required salinity ).
The commercial shrimp farms in my region, that use natural sea water cause enormous environmental damage. That is the primary motivation behind my interest in artificial sea water. I want to explore if artificial sea water can be a eco-friendly sustainable alternative.
My intention is not to breed shrimp, but just to grow the shrimp that I get from hatcheries. And yes, I am planning to get the help of people with relevant expertise in this. I just want to gain some prior knowledge and experience before I go for their help.
Some of my present concerns are similar to those of oceanarium though on a much much smaller scale :-) Like them I also want to prepare sea water, which I can control to my exact needs. Locally we get these "raw sea salt" used for industrial purposes, which are claimed to be very similar to natural salts found in sea. They do not contain iodine, caking agents or any other additives etc. I am guessing probably the sea salts that oceanarium imports might be same as these (probably of much better quality).