04-23-2012, 05:35 PM
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On this issue of salt, I do not agree that it is safe in hard water nor especially for cichlids. Salt will cause the problem commonly known as Malawi Bloat in cichlids. That does not sound good to me. A safer treatment makes more sense.
Yes, salt will kill ich, but use must be confined to salt-tolerant fish. And there are safer treatments that will not negaqtively affect the physiological homeostasis as much. Then there is stress, minimizing the stress and some will do this better than salt.
As for the slime coat, the fish secretes more mucus in an attempt to protect itself from salt. Were it not confined to the aquarium, it would swim well away; but being trapped inside the glass box it can't, so it fights back and wastes its energy. Given what the salt at that strength is doing to the fish internally, it is not wise.