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Old 01-29-2007, 06:25 PM   #31
 
There are rules about adding salt though. If you take out, lets say 10 gallons of old aquarium water, but you add in 11 gallons of new salted water due to evaporation, your salt levels will start to rise.

If you take out 10 gallons of old water and add 10 gallons of new salted water, then add 1 gallon of reverse osmosis water (pure water, no disolved metals or salt) then you should be fine.

You wont need to add much salt in if it is for long term use. I would suggest 1 tsp per 5 gallons but ask someone else before you add.
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:27 PM   #32
 
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but in the long run my fish will b ok wothout it, its not essential right?
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:29 PM   #33
 
no its not essential but your guppies and mollies would love it, plus it is very good for the fish as it provides essential electolytes that help in the protection of diseases.
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:15 PM   #34
 
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Not essential but its a bonus. Just like its not essential for a betta to have more than a cup of water if its clean but they sure do like having some room to swim. Just watch out for salt building up due to evaporation. Some of your fish may be slightly sensitive to the salt so I'd drop it down to 1 tsp per 10 gallons...that will also give you plenty of leeway before the salt could build up to levels harmful to sensitive fish.
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Old 01-30-2007, 03:55 AM   #35
 
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thanks for all the info, ill seriously consider it
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