08-06-2011, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by kitten_penang
hmm.. something new.the discus that are bred in penang is accustomed to salt to the extent it is used if the fish are somewhat not so active.these aquarium bred discus seem to actually like the salt maybe it's due to them being bred and kept in this condition. as for the soft water discus that don't agree with salt it could be wild caught or bred in a different way from ours
The physiology of a fish cannot be altered by breeding so salts detrimental properties remain with the species. Increased activity in response to salt is somewhat to be expected--the fish doesn't like it. More mucus, slime, etc indicates an attempt to "remove" it. While this can have therapeutic value--adding salt cause excess mucus which brings fresh blood to the surface faster, thus healing wounds faster--it is not long-term a good practice. I can cite many biologists on this, and I suspect they know more than most of us on the subject. I tend to accept their advice. Like going to a doctor when you're sick and then ignoring what he tells you, assuming you know better. I don't.