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post #1 of 14 Old 11-16-2007, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Aquarium salt for fresh water fish???

Hi,
I went to Petsmart and saw some of the fresh water fishes required aquarium salt. I am confused.
Can somebody tell me what is that?
Thanks.
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-17-2007, 12:20 AM
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Re: Aquarium salt for fresh water fish???

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Hi,
I went to Petsmart and saw some of the fresh water fishes required aquarium salt. I am confused.
Can somebody tell me what is that?
Thanks.
What kind of fish where they? Was it possible they were brackish fish and not fully freshwater? Freshwater fish can tolerate a bit of salt in their water.
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-17-2007, 12:57 AM
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Aquarium salt=overpriced table salt

For brackish water fish, use marine salt.

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post #4 of 14 Old 11-17-2007, 07:15 AM
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I've always wondered if sea salt would be healthier for the fish than table salt? Seems like a more natural way.
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I've always wondered if sea salt would be healthier for the fish than table salt? Seems like a more natural way.
Sea salt has properties that are much more important to the brackish and marine conditions than table salt. It can buffer pH which is very important to brackish and marine. I believe table salt is only sodium chloride itself containing iodine and anti-caking agents. I've use table salt before and have no problems whatsoever. Why people freak out about its use is beyond me.

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Nah I've used table salt too. I'm not going out and spending the extra cash on the same thing with a different name. Hmm interesting, I guess I was just thinking that sea salt is healthier for people then table salt so I figured maybe the same thing happened for fish. I'm pretty sure sea salt is the exact same as table salt. Only table salt goes through a whole lot of processing, like bleaching or whatever. I'm vegan so I usually like to choose the healthier method. I remember back in the day when I lived in a group home they had us on a 'healthy' diet basically no sugar, no salt (only sea salt) no pork ect. When I asked about the salt the night staff told me salt just has a lot of unnecessary additives. But I can definitely see how adding salt straight from the sea would mess up your freshwater environment.
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-17-2007, 08:33 AM
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Freshwater fish can tolerate a bit of salt in their water.
Thanks for sharing your views on the salt, Fizz. Oh, and correction on this statement. The term freshwater would be too broad. A lot of freshwater fish live in various water conditions. Not all will tolerate presence of salt, most especially fish from soft, acidic waters and scaleless bottom dwellers. A lot of fish however from hard alkaline waters such as livebearers and Celebes rainbowfish will really tolerate the added salinity but the level should somewhat still be limited for most of them. Mollies can tolerate full marine.

And back on the OP, in addition to Fizz's advice, if you cannot identify the fish, pictures are a must. For the record, some bumblebee gobies, puffers, rainbowfish, halfbeaks and livebearers will tolerate salt. Monos, scats, archers, Columbian sharks and the Etroplus cichlid species will really need salt as they mature. Juvenile scats and monos are fine in purely freshwater but salt must strictly be added as they mature.

Seeing as I do not live in the US, if I can remember correctly, people have long complained of the misinformation in the care sheets of PetSmart. If this is true, do be careful with what you are researching. I would suggest researching further and asking as many people possible for their opinions and experiences. I always do this whenever I plan to get fish I've never tried before. In the end, you will actually be more confident and more prepared than buying fish by impulse or buying after believing only a few sources.

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post #8 of 14 Old 11-17-2007, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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I don't remember what fishes are they, but there are several types of them.
anyway, i got a lot of good info from everyone, and I will do more research b4 i jump in.
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-17-2007, 10:07 PM
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ther are some types of "fresh" water fish that will do beter with a little salt in the water. it helps add ions they need. i find that having the sepecific gravity at 1.002 really helps fish in general health and appearence. also having salt in the water helps prevent ich

P.S. 1.002 is approximately 1 tbsp per 7 galleons if u dont want to buy a tool to measure it

just because the guy with 4000 post ses its so... doesnt mean it is
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-27-2007, 10:10 PM
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So in general should you add some salt to a freshwater tank?
The pet stores that i've gone to always recomended it (like big rock salt)..........
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