Royal Nature, a new aquarium salt developed and manufactured in Israel, is coming on the scene using evaporated seawater instead of the typical industry norm of base materials from mines. In development the past few years, the Royal Nature salt is comprised nearly entirely of evaporated water from the Red Sea helping to make sure the trace element balance is as close to natural seawater (NSW) as possible and clean from the concentrations of toxic metals, phosphate, ammonia and nitrates typically found in salts mined from ancient lake beds. The evaporation technique is also a much “greener” method without the need for ecologically disruptive mining. Catch the full scoop after the break.
Royal Nature looks to be taking the approach of quality ingredients no matter the cost including adding pharmaceutical grade, ammonia free magnesium chloride from the Dead Sea at nearly double the cost to ensure high quality standards. According to Royal Nature the salt not only contains trace elements but has the balance of both pH and alkalinity at NSW levels. One benefit of the company is the location close to the source materials and being able to create their salt as close to the evaporation ponds as possible, working in small batches in a closely supervised environment to ensure the quality of the end product. Similarly to what Seachem is doing with their new AquaVitro Salinity salt, the small batch process used by Royal Nature is one of the only ways to achieve homogeneity of the minor elements in each bucket.
The company is currently producing aquarium salt mix along with individual components for Balling under the Royal brand including calcium powder, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and sodium bicarbonate. Royal Nature is available in Israel with distribution already in Europe and hopefully here in North America some time in the next few months. The company is developing and are currently field testing a liquid salt mix comprised of brine from the Red Sea that is showing promise in the initial rounds of testing that would mimic NSW even more with only the need for additional sodium chloride. No word on pricing yet but look for this salt to come in right around other mid to high end salts currently on the market.