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post #11 of 24 Old 07-28-2009, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Do fish that are native to brackish water not ever get diseases?
I'm not saying that, I'm saying that it helps them with there slim coat and fin rot and other little diseases that they are subseptable to. I've had better luck with it than regular fresh water.
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post #12 of 24 Old 07-28-2009, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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I've never heard of this before Oo;
Have u ever been at the LFS and see the gouramies bobbing back and forth? That is when they do not have enough salt in the water. You might even see a small glass of salt lying in the bottom of the tank.

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Have u ever been at the LFS and see the gouramies bobbing back and forth? That is when they do not have enough salt in the water. You might even see a small glass of salt lying in the bottom of the tank.
I've never once experienced this at any LFS nor with any of the Gourami I've ever kept and not once have I ever added any form of salt to any of my tanks. I have seen those little salt containers in tanks at Petco, but none of those fish ever look heathy anyway....

I've done tons of research on all sorts of Gourami, have yet to find anywhere that says anything about adding salt to a Gourami tank either...
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post #14 of 24 Old 07-28-2009, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Well all I can say is your lucky you kept them, nice chatting with you cause we are getting nowhere with this, thx
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post #15 of 24 Old 07-28-2009, 10:30 PM
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Hey, I'm not trying to start a fight here.....I'm just confused, I've never heard of this before is all.
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post #16 of 24 Old 07-28-2009, 10:48 PM
I've never heard of bettas kept in brackish water either. I've heard of using salt for treatment of ick.
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post #17 of 24 Old 07-29-2009, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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I've never heard of bettas kept in brackish water either. I've heard of using salt for treatment of ick.
I was not trying to tell yall what to do with your fish, I was just answering a question about brackish
and freshwater betta. I personnally put it in there to prevent ick, fin rot and to keep the slime coat.
Like I said, I was just answering a question about why I kept my bettas in brackish water, I guess the same reason people do the weird things they do. Sorry I didn't mean to stir up a bunch of nonsense.
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post #18 of 24 Old 11-22-2009, 11:53 PM
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I'm curious to know your SG. Do you have a hydrometer?
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post #19 of 24 Old 11-23-2009, 03:48 PM
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You said you were keeping bettas in 'brackish' water to enhance their slime coat and prevent parasite infestation. I know that your average freshwater aquarium salt/rock salt will do this. Is this what you are using?

Because brackish conditions are created with a whole different type of salt mix called marine salt. There is a big difference between aquarium salt and marine salt. So unless you are using Instant Ocean or a salt that actually says 'Marine Salt', you are not running a brackish tank.
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post #20 of 24 Old 11-23-2009, 10:45 PM
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You said you were keeping bettas in 'brackish' water to enhance their slime coat and prevent parasite infestation. I know that your average freshwater aquarium salt/rock salt will do this. Is this what you are using?

Because brackish conditions are created with a whole different type of salt mix called marine salt. There is a big difference between aquarium salt and marine salt. So unless you are using Instant Ocean or a salt that actually says 'Marine Salt', you are not running a brackish tank.

I agree with the above, and thats what I am confused with/your making me confused. Because aquarium salt doesnt create "brackish" water needed for brackish fish. As kelly mentioned you need marine salt and usually mix it 1 part salt water to 2 - 4 parts fresh water depending on the sg. Also i believe its not healthy to keep fish in water with salt in it if they dont belong in it. Thats why people recommend salt baths.

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