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post #11 of 13 Old 05-14-2013, 05:00 PM
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Only reason I added a little bit of salt is because during internet searchs, though opinions differ on the matter it seems that the benefits of a light salt could be good for them with respect to respiration. I did only add half what the bottle suggested. As far as other chemicals, its just Tetra Aqua Safe Plus for new water, and Dr. Fosters Live Nitrifiing Bacteria when changing water.
What would you do if you were in my shoes?
It is true that opinion on salt varies a lot. But given the fact that salt does affect fish physiology, and that no freshwater fish (with a few exceptions such as the molly) encounters any salt at all in their natural habitat and thus they are not designed to handle it, and the scientific evidence that there is no therapeutic benefit of salt anyway, I would not add it except if it is the only treatment for some particular issue. You can read more on salt here, for info:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-97842/

If this were me, I would do an immediate and major water change, of 2/3 of the tank volume. Use tap water, and the conditioner (AquaSafe), nothing else. It is amazing what a water change will do to fish in distress from many things. This will deal with the salt, which just might be the issue.

Let us know how the fish respond.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]

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It is true that opinion on salt varies a lot. But given the fact that salt does affect fish physiology, and that no freshwater fish (with a few exceptions such as the molly) encounters any salt at all in their natural habitat and thus they are not designed to handle it, and the scientific evidence that there is no therapeutic benefit of salt anyway, I would not add it except if it is the only treatment for some particular issue. You can read more on salt here, for info:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-97842/

If this were me, I would do an immediate and major water change, of 1/3 of the tank volume. Use tap water, and the conditioner (AquaSafe), nothing else. It is amazing what a water change will do to fish in distress from many things. This will deal with the salt, which just might be the issue.

Let us know how the fish respond.

Byron.
Very good point regarding salt, make sense from your stand point. will do the water change and update you. Thanks so much for advice
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Very good point regarding salt, make sense from your stand point. will do the water change and update you. Thanks so much for advice
Silly me, just noticed I had said a 1/3 water change, I meant 2/3 of the tank volume. B.

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