10-10-2011, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Fin nipping is common, but I haven't come across actual bites of flesh like you mention. Still, is possible. Another possibility is an internal hemorrhage of some sort, cause unknown, I've seen this. Or some sort of ulcer on the skin. I never treat for these, as without knowing what it is, medications can make things worse.
Clean water is the best remedy. Regular water changes, good water quality. While minimal salt may (or may not) help, I would not use more. Salt in itself is stressful, though this tetra is one of the more robust; still, further stress is further stress. Assuming there are no other soft water species in the tank.
And salt has no connection to pH. Salt is something that does not belong in a freshwater fish tank, except as a specific remedy and then only with certain fish that can tolerate it.
So since I added a little bit of salt, will that just taper off as I do water changes or will it naturally fade away?