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post #1 of 10 Old 07-20-2010, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Cichlid Lake Salt

Does anyone use the Cichlid Lake Salt?
I have a 90 gal that I will be adding some Malawis and maybe some Victorians too. Is it recomended to add this salt or will I be fine without it?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-20-2010, 03:45 PM
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Waste of money for something you can get far cheaper. spoonful of epson salt, spoonful of baking soda, and a spoon of Mortons water softening salt(light blue bag with salt crystals in the gardening center at walmart). One spoon of each per 5 gallons will mimic the lake water perfectly and aside from the baking soda which you will eat through pretty quick(still super cheap) the other two will last a loooong time, especially the mortons.

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That sounds good, but do I even need to add any of these things? Or will I be fine without them?
My nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, ph, gh, and kh are all perfect or near perfect. I'm just wondering about the stuff I can't test for....
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Depending on the generation your cichlids will thank you. You should strive to recreate their home environment as close as possible within reason. This is an easy one IMO and you will see better colors and activity.

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post #5 of 10 Old 07-20-2010, 08:40 PM
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If your talking about regualar salt and not buffer than no. Salt is really only needed to help heal bruises and cuts as well as other medical treatments. I would't continuoulsy add it to the tank. Id doubt it will make much of a difference too. It's good to keep some on hand though.

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-21-2010, 01:45 AM
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That sounds good, but do I even need to add any of these things? Or will I be fine without them?
My nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, ph, gh, and kh are all perfect or near perfect. I'm just wondering about the stuff I can't test for....
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If you have hard ,alkaline water from the tap that suits the fishes needs, then you prolly don't need to use the cichlid salts that raise the pH and hardness.
If not, I would use one of the cichlid substrates designed for maintaing the proper hardness that the fish require.
Google info on water parameters for the fish you intend to keep to see what they're needs are.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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Waste of money for something you can get far cheaper. spoonful of epson salt, spoonful of baking soda, and a spoon of Mortons water softening salt(light blue bag with salt crystals in the gardening center at walmart). One spoon of each per 5 gallons will mimic the lake water perfectly and aside from the baking soda which you will eat through pretty quick(still super cheap) the other two will last a loooong time, especially the mortons.
Define spoonful, Tablespoon?teaspoon? soupspoon?

A good home made cichlid salt recipe that will work with cichlids and or livebearer's is...

One teaspoon Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
One tablespoon Epsom salt (Magnesium sulphate)
One teaspoon Marine salt (sodium chloride and trace elements)
Per 10 gallons of water to be prepared in bucket and used with weekly water changes.
Do note the tablespoon of Epsom salt, as opposed to teaspoon of the other two.

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post #8 of 10 Old 07-21-2010, 06:54 AM
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Tea Spoon. Its what alot of the professional fish breeders here in FL use to cut down on costs.

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Is that for all water no matter the perameters or does it need to be altered based on individual water supplies?
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Is that for all water no matter the perameters or does it need to be altered based on individual water supplies?
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Recipe I offered was for those wishing to harden soft water in order to provide for fishes that require hard alkaline water.If water is already hard and alkaline then altering the water is not needed.

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