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aquarium salt (swordtails)
Do swordtails require some salt in their tank? Reason I ask is because one petstore clerk said yes, and the other said "they don't really need it if you don't have it in there". (seriously, 2 answers at the same store) What I have read so far is yes. 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons. correct?
What other fish do you have in the tank? I've got swordtails in a tank without aquarium salt, so it's not required. Scaleless fish are susceptable to the salt, so most cat fish don't tolerate the salt.
The funny thing about Livebearers is that, while they do require a bit of aquarium salt, they don't need that much. You can put in half the dosage (one tablespoon for every 10 gallons) and it's the same to them. I recently added two Albino Corydoras to my Livebearer aquarium and I was concerned on how they would react to so much salt, because they're very sensitive to it. However, several people on this forum told me that I can stop putting in salt altogether or to put it in once in a very long while. I think it's really up to you and how much you think is best for your fish.
leifthebunny, I only have swords in there. My goal is to get a bigger tank with at least 2 of every color. (some day down the road and some gallons bigger lol)
aquathena, thank you for the 1/2 dosage advice. I may try it and see how the like it. Then if not just change out some of the water later on.
Your welcome! I hope it works out well for you and your fish. :D
I have kept live bearers including swords for a long time and they don't "require" salt per say. That ebing said, if it wasn;t for the fact I have live plants in all my tanks now I owuld use salt in all of my aquariums. Before I got plants I never ever had an ich outbreak from new fish but when I added fish after not adding salt for a couple months I lost a dozen fish from it. Had to treat with Copper Safe to save the last of my prized white Swordtails and Sunset Swords. I also keep cories in the same tank and have never seen them have a problem with using the salt amount recommended on the package. Just take it easy if they have never been exposed to salt before and also most important:
Salt does not evarporate! Only add in the amount you should for the amount of water you remove. If you don't remove water then don't add salt. A hydrometer, although most will say you don't need it, will be handy because you can accidentally overdose and wind up killing the more salt seceptible fish. I don't know what the salinity should be but hopefully someone will so you can track it properly.
Good point fish_4_all. All of my tanks are planted except 1. As for the ich, have you used Para Guard? I've run into ich in several of my tanks and have never lost a fish due to it.
My question also. I have read folks using para gaurd on a regular basis. Should I use it also on a regular basis?(is it good to use on a regular basis?)
Using medication on a regular basis is never a good thing. The fish (like humans) build up a tolerance to the medication over time. Parasites are no different.
Got it! Thank you very much.
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