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Aquarium Salt good or bad for me?
Old 02-09-2013, 12:07 AM   #1
 
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Aquarium Salt good or bad for me?

I have a ten gallon with neons, corys, oto, and a mini mexican crayfish. I alos have live plants in it. Now I know aquarium salt is helpful to fish, but will it hurt the crayfish or plants? I'm talking about the aquarium salt you can get at Petsmart. Thanks for any help.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:43 AM   #2
 
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There's no need for salt unless you have a brackish tank setup. And some of the fish that you have are salt sensitive like the corys. Not sure about the crayfish tho.

And your plants would not appreciate it. AQ salt can be used when you have a fish in a hospital tank if you want to boost electrolytes to help them when they are sick.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:03 AM   #3
 
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Salt isn't good for any of the fish, or the plants. They are not brackish. I'm not familiar with crayfish to say anything about them.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:36 AM   #4
 
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Alright, I ask because I was always told that a little salt everyday helps their gills and helps to get rid of stress. I used to work at petsmart back when I was in high school and thats what they told us. We also used to treat them with salt when they were sick like Romand said. Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:25 AM   #5
 
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I see that the chain stores usually have a little salt cup in the livebearer tanks. Not sure why they do that but it's certainly not essential.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:09 PM   #6
 
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Salt - 'Just say NO'.

Although it may be used (often with elevated temperatures) to treat some diseases, salt is hard on the gills and is not recommended in FW aquariums.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:14 AM   #7
 
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I see that the chain stores usually have a little salt cup in the livebearer tanks. Not sure why they do that but it's certainly not essential.
Well, Molly's can do well in a brackish tank. Some say they do better in brackish than fresh.

But not the others (Swordtail, Guppy, etc).
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:21 PM   #8
 
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Alright, I ask because I was always told that a little salt everyday helps their gills and helps to get rid of stress. I used to work at petsmart back when I was in high school and thats what they told us. We also used to treat them with salt when they were sick like Romand said. Thanks for the info.
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This is another of those myths floating around the hobby--that a bit of salt regularly is some sort of miraculous disease preventative. Quite erroneous. Rather than write a dissertation here, I'll refer you to my article on salt that will explain why it is harmful, especially to the fish you have mentioned.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-97842/

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Old 02-11-2013, 09:22 PM   #9
 
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I read through the whole thing, and I now know exactly why salt is no good. I appreciate all the help. Everyday I learn something important from this forum. Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge.

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