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Aquarium salt for fresh water fish???
Old 11-27-2007, 10:35 PM   #11
 
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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)..........
There is no need for you to add them in your freshwater tanks. A lot of fish are better off without salt unless you intend to use it for treatment. Adding salt without any valid reason is in my opinion a waste of time and money.
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Old 11-28-2007, 12:41 AM   #12
 
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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)..........
There is no need for you to add them in your freshwater tanks. A lot of fish are better off without salt unless you intend to use it for treatment. Adding salt without any valid reason is in my opinion a waste of time and money.
Thanks........what kind of treatment would it be used for....?
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:09 PM   #13
 
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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)..........
There is no need for you to add them in your freshwater tanks. A lot of fish are better off without salt unless you intend to use it for treatment. Adding salt without any valid reason is in my opinion a waste of time and money.
Thanks........what kind of treatment would it be used for....?
Mainly white spot (ich) but also it can be used when the disease is unknown as a sort of general tonic for an unwell fish because you don't have to risk medicating with the wrong medicine but some fish are more tolerant than others to salt so care must be taken when using it.
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:22 PM   #14
 
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When I add new fish I generally add about 1 tablespoon per 10 or 12 gallons just to ease them in, and help fend off ich, as I dont have the room for a quarantine tank at the moment. I dont go nuts over it though, Just sort of work it out with the usual water changes. I do this on both my 29 gallon tank and my 110 gallon tank, and the fish all seem to be doing fantastic still (with few exceptions that are not salt related lol).

I use API freshwater salt, for the record, but after reading this im going to table salt when I run out of the API stuff lol

Actually come to think of it, I just defeated ich in my 110 that affected almost all of the fish.. using only salt (and increased temp). I was up around the 1tbsp / 5 gallon mark.. and the fish didnt seem the least bit phased.
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