11-17-2007, 08:33 AM
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Re: Aquarium salt for fresh water fish???
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.
Originally Posted by Little-Fizz
Freshwater fish can tolerate a bit of salt in their water.
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.