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lilmissj01 10-06-2010 10:37 PM

would salt help?
 
My banjo cat was moved from my cichlid tank to a10 gallon w/ 2 mystery snails because of being attacked. He has moderate fin damage. Will it help to add aquarium salt to the tank? Will the salt harm the snails? Thank you!

Spooki 10-07-2010 09:31 AM

Salt and freshwater snails are generally not a good mix. I would remove them if you plan to treat with salt.

lilmissj01 10-07-2010 11:18 AM

the banjo is doing better today, so i wont treat with salt. hes been moving around. its gonna take awhile for his fins to grow back.

Spooki 10-07-2010 11:27 AM

Good to hear, just keep the water clean and hopefully there won't be any infections.

aunt kymmie 10-07-2010 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Spooki (Post 487754)
Good to hear, just keep the water clean and hopefully there won't be any infections.

+1 and also, all cats (and loaches too) are very sensitive to salt due to their scaleless nature.

lilmissj01 10-07-2010 03:27 PM

ty aunt kymmie!!! ur post was the reason i was asking questions. this is why i waited to hear what u guys had to say before i treated. also, if and i mean if, i have to treat for ich do i have to use a special treatment because of my cats and snails?

Byron 10-07-2010 08:40 PM

Most ich medicatons are copper-based, and copper in such doses can affect fish and plants to varying degrees. Salt is just as bad, worse in my personal view, for sensitive fish like characins, rasbora, catfish, loaches, etc. There is a 100% natural remedy on the market that I have not tried, I think Kordon make it, I've seen it in magazines like TFH.

I tend to let the fish cure themselves if the ich is only a spot or two (or none--fish flashing is usually the preliminary stages when it attacks the gills) on one or two fish. If the infestation is heavy, I have had success with Aquari-Sol and more recently even better with CopperSafe. Raising the temperature to 85F at the same time seemed to work better. Provided the fish can withstand elevated temperatures, raising it to 90F is said to cure ich on its own with no meds. I've not tried this; I have fish for which such high temps would be stressful in itself.

lilmissj01 10-08-2010 12:20 AM

ty for the info byron!!! I will keep those in mind. Hopefully I wont need to try them any time soon!

1stAquarium 11-30-2010 04:04 PM

Oh no I have just treated my tank with interpet anti White spot as I have seen the fish flashing the last two days. I have BN fry in there, also guppy fry - will it affect them??
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Byron 11-30-2010 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by 1stAquarium (Post 523564)
Oh no I have just treated my tank with interpet anti White spot as I have seen the fish flashing the last two days. I have BN fry in there, also guppy fry - will it affect them??
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I don't know what's in this product. Fry can be sensitive to many things.

This post occurs in the middle of an old thread, I would suggest you post a new thread perhaps in the disease section or in Freshwater Aquarium Fish section, and ask the question. Others will see it more there.

Byron.


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