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Old 05-27-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
 
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do all tropical fish like salt
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:14 PM   #2
 
No. Most don't, actually.

When you say salt, do you mean marine salt, or aquarium salt?
Aquarium salt is generally used for remedies, and "reducing stress". An abudance will make fish have shorter lifespans though, and some Tropical fish will not tolerate salt levels in their water.
Marine salt is used for raising SG and salinity levels. This would be used for Brackish fish and Saltwater fish. Tropical fish will not tolerate this at all.

The only "tropical fish" I can think of that does very good with salt are Mollies.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:31 PM   #3
 
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thats crazy my lfs person told me almost all fish like a little bit of marine salt even my cichlids
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:38 PM   #4
 
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Or they just like your fish to live shorter lives....
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:59 PM   #5
 
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thats crazy my lfs person told me almost all fish like a little bit of marine salt even my cichlids
Mineral salts for African cichlids, not marine nor aquarium salts but mineral salts are still useless IMO.
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:35 AM   #6
 
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I think the lady at my local fish store needs some help but anyway does anybody no anything about breeding gold barbs
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:39 AM   #7
 
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I think the lady at my local fish store needs some help but anyway does anybody no anything about breeding gold barbs
You'll have to make another topic for that in Fish Breeding section to catch the attention of those who bred them.;)
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:47 PM   #8
 
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Mineral salts for African cichlids, not marine nor aquarium salts but mineral salts are still useless IMO.
Not entirely true. And I don't see any, nor have I found any, sound basis for the opinion. I research the statement for couple of hours before posting.

Most fish must have some minerals and dissolved salts in their tanks. Even waters containing tannins and having an acidic chemistry have some dissolved minerals and salts. Not having salts and other minerals in your water would be like placing your fish is unmodified RO water and that is not good.

Although most fish do not do well, even to the point of not tolerating any saline conditions at all, some degree of mineral salts are found in all water. Some micro nutrients are absorbed by the fish from the water. Some of these elements help to maintain the fishes electrolytes. Electrolytes maintain and regulate the metabolism and general health of any living creature.

Aquarium salt is used widely in the hobby as a treatment for some diseases. It must be said, though, that there are many scaleless fishes, and some with scales, too, that will not tolerate salt in any form, care should be taken when using it. Although they may tolerate the medication, they may stress from it too. I'd guess in such a case that the term tolerate is a relative term. Let's just say here that the treatment can be almost as bad as the disease itself. Almost. A little stress would be better than death, one would guess.
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:51 PM   #9
 
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thanks for the info the lady tried to sell me a big old bottle You would have to put a very minute amount I still think she was just trying to get me to spend more money
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