When to add salt to FW?
Put fish in yesterday and with research (yes I did research!!) found some would benefit from salt being in the tank. I bought aquarium salt but the label said to only add when you do water changes.
Is this true and if there's a few different fish that can use it, but not all, is that a problem?
How long after I add it do I want to do a water change and how much?
Is this something I want to add EVERY water change?
It's a 55 tall, anyone recommend how much to add?
Right now there's a baby pleco in there, 5 glofish, 3 silver mollies, and 4 Long Fin Red tetra.
Thank You much :)
I would not add AQ salt to the tank as a general rule. You have some fish that are probably sensitive to it. AQ salt comes in handy when you have to isolate a sick fish. It boosts their eloctolytes and helps the healing process. Some species do well with the salt but you've got a mixed bag of fish there...
Did you add all of those fish at one time? This is your new setup right?? If yes, you have to test the water constantly. Even though your tank was cycled, adding fish all at once is going to create a big bioload for your established bacteria to try keep up with. I had to learn this the hard way. I added 6 fish to my 75 gallon which has been perfectly cycled for quite a while. Even though I was still only about 70% stocked after adding the new fish, within 3 days I had ammonia present and lost one of my favorite fish.
One more thing... about the pleco. Is it a common pleco or a diff. type? Common plecs. get really really big and are notorious poopers. They will keep you on a constant water change schedule when they get to be good sized.
The only time I use salt is to treat for an illness or injury I would not use it any other time.
The main thing is not to stress out about it, aquariums are for relaxation after all. LOL You would use the salt to treat ick in any fish as long as it has scales, also you can use it if you have bettas and they have fin rot or damaged fins.
I just posted at length on salt in another thread, I respectfully suggest you read it, as it will explain the very serious detrimental effect salt has on some of the fish you have mentioned. Here's the link [my comments are in post #6]:
Ok no salt it is! Thank You!
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