Mollies and aquarium salt.
I was told by some people on one of the other boards that mollies don't need aquarium salt. I just wanted to double check it here on the livebearer board. Not trying offend anyone. Thank you. :-P
It's true. They do fine with or without it.
Countless generations of mollies have been bred and raised in freshwater aquariums with no salt. I've done the same too. HTH.
You do not need to add salt. I prefer to recommend this for ich cases only.
My mollies in my salt free tank.
Mollies do require a high mineral content in their water and do much better at a high pH.
Aquarium salt is the same stuff that is on the kitchen table except without the iodine added. It is never suitable for any fish, including brackish fish, for the long term. The only useful thing that I know it does is treat ich.
If you choose to dose a molly or any other fish to brackish or even to salt water concentrations, use the mix they make for saltwater fish keepers. It has a mix of salts that make the water brackish and not just salty. Plain sodium chloride is not appropriate for that use.
Mollies should be kept in Salt water and at a higher ratio then other fish..
Mollies are prone to ick, you'd be far better off using salt then not!
Key points here are proper tank maintenance and stricit quarantine regimen. Violate either of two basic rules and you learn things the hard way.
I believe People I know and can see with the proof that salt is far superior then not and far better then not to use,
and I believe it after seeing that not use effects long term over using it, I'll never go back to no salt use,
I believe veterans in the field any day over internet txt and words of folks that can be any body they want to be..
Find a local person that has been in the Fish business for at least 20 yrs in a large way and get their advice,
It will shock you what you may find out V/s what you get on the internet..
I use to ask and read for advice on forums etc, Not anymore, You can't tell who's the veteran and who's the pretend veteran.
I have a hugh amount of fish and I have had ZERO troubles with any of my fish since turning over to aquarium salt,.. I've seen it and will never go back, without it your just inviting troubles down the road that will eventually find you, and mollies will be among the first without salt!
Many things can cause Ick, Stress alone being one.
Mollies are also prone to the shimmies, Aquarium salt prevents this,
Nobody is an expert, not even veterans on or off the internet field. It's your choice whom to believe, on or off the internet field.
Chicklet, you are free to believe what you wish. If you keep mollies and insist on using salt, please make sure that it is marine salt, not the crap aquarium salt.
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