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post #11 of 13 Old 12-10-2008, 06:12 PM
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Iodine will not hurt the fish. In fact, they can benefit from the presence of iodine. The lack of iodine can cause goiter to the fish. If it were dangerous to the fish, it would not be suitable for human consumption at all. I have used it numerous times with no issues and my fish are often the loaches and catfish which I always focus on. They'll indeed save you a buck or two compared to 'aquarium' salt. Heck, I just quote the term aquarium because it is a rip off. Just plain sodium chloride in a fancy package.

Aunt kymmie, putting the salt directly to the tank is dangerous. I've done this before. I was not warned to dissolve it first. I killed all my cories and kuhlis in the process with only two kuhlis left. I was really horrorstrucked by what I did. My theory is the salt grains burned their skin and they were really agitated until they succumbed from stress. They were really faded in color. When my loaches suffered ich, I decided to try the salt once again with the incident still fresh in my mind. I dissolved the salt thoroughly and added slowly. I was surprised the new batch of loaches are still as energetic as usual including my plecos and other catfishes.

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post #12 of 13 Old 12-10-2008, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Lupes. That all makes perfect sense. I'm sooooo glad I didn't dump it straight into the tank when I used it.
So, I now have a HUGE container of useless "aquarium salt". I suppose I can use it to rim my margarita glasses in salt when I bust out my new bottle of Patron.

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post #13 of 13 Old 12-10-2008, 06:49 PM
i used kordon organics it worked well. and i didnt really follow the directions.i have to do my water change and treat prevenatively it cant hurt my scaless fish lived as did all my plants after 1 dose no whtie spots for 10,11 days.fish seem better than new. hurry before fish distress signs if 1 fish is covered best to do away with him he could be the weak link.be sure you have a steady temperature too. good luck. your friend tabbi
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