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Mollies: salt or no salt?

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Mollies: salt or no salt?
Old 02-28-2012, 07:10 PM   #11
 
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You could get sand that helps raise salt levels in the water instead of adding salt, if you like the look of sand.
Please explain this....
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:11 PM   #12
 
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Yea some sands in Australia help raise water parameters and one of them is salt, I don't know the chemistry involved I just know that it does so.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:14 PM   #13
 
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My balloon mollies are crazy breeders I accidentally got given one female and four males so all they seem to think is that they must mate, she has given birth no problem without tank salt. You could get sand that helps raise salt levels in the water instead of adding salt, if you like the look of sand.
yeah i forgot to ask that too if different substrates would help instead of adding salt. or adding lager rocks like you see in some african cichlid tanks would do the trick?
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:18 PM   #14
 
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It all depends on what you buy, as I said some will raise all the water parameters.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:19 PM   #15
 
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There is no sand that I have ever heard of that raises salt content. It would put salt mix manufacturers out of business.

Calcium and pH buffering sand yes but not salt.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:25 PM   #16
 
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No there is one that raises salt, salt is not the same as table salt there are so many variations of salt. With chemistry salt is not always NaCI but varies in many different ways. All sorts of Ions are salt as well. So no matter what sand you buy it WILL raise salinity of the water due to chemistry but there are some that add more salt than most.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:33 PM   #17
 
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I have to say that I cannot agree with that,

My 180g cichlid tank has a sand substrate, has been running for 5 years and after testing it a few moments ago (reads 0.00ppm) salinity on both my refractometers (one is accurate for any salt content up to 0.01ppm) and my hydrometer.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:39 PM   #18
 
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I said that there is this one that does raise, I'm not saying anyone here is wrong, there is this one brand that does raise salinity
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:41 PM   #19
 
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I can't remember the name but my cousin and I were shocked because we both thought that it doesnt exist, I was in the same position but we accidentally found it, it was a huge surprise.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:42 PM   #20
 
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Well i think when i do add some mollies to my tank i will try to do it without salt and see how they do and only if i have problems add some.
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