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beans_etc 04-08-2008 11:12 AM

Aquarium salt
Two questions about aquarium salt in a beta tank:

- On the package I have it says something about making sure the water is at peak filtration. Can the aquarium salt be added even if no filter is present?

- How often should you add aquarium salt? Every day? Once a week? Every time you do a water change?

fish_4_all 04-08-2008 11:35 AM

You don't need it but if you want to use it:
Add the recommended amount
When you change the water, ONLY add the amount needed for the new water, not the whole tank.
A hydrometer is the best and really only way to go if you are going to use salt so that you do not add too much or too little and shock your fish. I do not know the recommended salinity for a betta.

Blaxicanlatino 04-08-2008 12:25 PM

salt is good. jUst dont over do it. Id say maybe 1 teaspoon per gallon

You only add it once then more equivalent to the amount taken out ( such as during water changes)

stephenmontero 04-08-2008 02:12 PM

do betta's need salt tho?

Falina 04-08-2008 02:19 PM

No. Bettas are freshwater fish and do not require salt. Only use salt as a treatment, not for general use. Their bodies were not designed to tolerate salt in the water long term.

stephenmontero 04-08-2008 02:20 PM

thats what i thought


kritas 04-08-2008 06:23 PM

Adding salt without filtration would prove disastrous for your betta. Filtration, I believe, will sift through the salt, spreading it throughout your bowl/tank, instead of letting it sit there to burn your fish. If you must add salt, then use it in minor amounts.
Someone please correct me if i'm wrong somewhere.

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